Clinical Services

These are some resources that may be helpful for your family. We do not endorse any external organizations or websites, and we encourage you to contact them directly to find the best fit for your family.

For more resources or support, please contact Katie, our Family Resource Coach, at 519-886-9992 ext. 2 or frc@aswr.ca.

ABA/IBI (Behaviour Therapy)

Funded:

IBI: ErinoakKids provides IBI for children who have been diagnosed toward the severe end of the autism spectrum. Intense instruction is provided across developmental areas, including cognition, language, social and self-care skills. Teaching generally occurs in a centre-based environment, in both one-to-one and small group formats for approximately 20 -25 hours per week.

ABA: ErinoakKids Children and adolescents of age 0 – 17 (up to 18th birthday) are eligible for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)-based Services and Supports if they have a confirmation of an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and live within the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Central Region of Ontario, which is comprised of Peel, Halton, Dufferin, Waterloo and Wellington. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) based Services and Supports for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are designed to help these children develop skills in key areas and to address behaviours that interfere with functioning. ABA-based Services and Supports focus on the skill area requiring immediate attention. Services are provided for 2-4 hours per week, for a period of 2-6 months.

Private:

abacuslist.ca: The ABACUS website aims to serve as the best possible source of information so that parents, caregivers, and the general community can be informed consumers of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario.

Abilities Behaviour Consulting (PDF): We use Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to help you to achieve: teaching new behaviours,  increasing appropriate behaviours, and reducing challenging behaviours.  Contact Amanda at (519) 820-6874 or email: apeacock@abilitiesbc.com.  Website: www.abilitiesbc.com

A Balanced Approach: We provide Home-Based and Centre-based IBI Services for children with autism in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas.  A Balanced Approach is an approved DFO (Direct Funding Option) provider for the provincial I.B.I. initiative.

A Bridge to Potential: I am an ABA provider and I focus on social skills, communication skills, coping and life skills.

Best Behaviour.ca: provides comprehensive services to create an effective home-based ABA program. This includes: behaviour and skill assessments, individualized ABA programs to target your child’s needs, teach new skills, and reduce challenging behaviours, supervision of programs, supervision and training of Instructor Therapists, parent training, and school support.  Contact: sophiacatania@gmail.com or 226-755-0015

BitKids: The focus of most IBI programs includes a mix of communication, social, life, and academic skills as determined by the family and professional team. Therapy is driven by data, and all progress is monitored and analyzed to ensure that your child is getting the most out of therapy.

Breaking Barriers: Breaking Barriers works with families in the Waterloo region who have children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays or behavioural concerns to develop a comprehensive intervention that can address academics, social skills and life skills. Breaking Barriers’ goal is to help children reach their full potential.

Firefly Behavioural Programs and Supports: is offering behavioural programs and supports. They are offering behavioural consultations, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) group learning, and Individual Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy services.

Leaps & Bounds: Leaps and Bounds has experienced and qualified professionals, and licensed psychologists offering the highest quality of services and programs to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related special needs. Our services include: IBI/ABA (In-home, daycare, and private school settings), respite services, ABA training, educational services (direct one-on-one in-class support for individuals identified with behavioural and/or safety concerns), parent training, tutoring, behaviour management services and community support. KW area contact: Lauren Thomson at lauren@leapsandboundsservices.com or at (519) 573-5453

Progressive Behaviour Therapy is a company dedicated to providing quality educational experiences for children with Autism, as well as quality training for parents. Progressive Behavior Therapy provides in home and centre based services to children and youth in the Waterloo regional area.

Behaviour Consulting

Funded:

DSRC Behaviour Consultation: Developmental Services Resource Centre – Waterloo Region (DSRC) works with parents and primary care providers in learning practical ways to prevent unwanted behaviours. We focus our efforts before the unwanted behaviour occurs. This is often a more effective approach than using consequences or punishment.

Private:

BitKids: I can help by creating a custom plan based on your child’s specific needs, skill level and interests using principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Firefly Behavioural Consultation Services: May help if your child engages in problematic behaviour that does not seem to be decreasing on its own.  They can support parents/caregivers in toilet training, struggles with eating or trying new foods, daily routines like dressing or teeth brushing, and classroom support.

 

Karen Neary Autism and Behaviour Consulting provides Behaviour Consulting for children with and without diagnosis.

Counselling/Mental Health supports

Central Access Points:

Front Door Mental Health: Access to child and youth mental health services. At Front Door, you will find a welcoming environment where we work with young people of all backgrounds to build, strengthen, and sustain mental wellness. Together with you, we open new doors that break stigma and lead to brighter futures. If you have a concern or a question – this is the place to start. No problem is too big or too small.

Here 24/7 is your front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 12 agencies across Waterloo – Wellington – Dufferin. All you need to do is reach out to us. We do the intake, assessment, referral, crisis, waitlist and appointment booking work for these important programs. It’s our job to be your guide, figure out your needs and help you navigate the system. This leaves you free to focus on maintaining hope and pursuing recovery. If you have any concerns, we hope you’ll get in touch.

Funded:

Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin provides a full care system for those with addictions, mental health or developmental needs. We serve everyone from children to adults to seniors, all under one roof.

Counselling Collaborative Program: The Region of Waterloo has agreements with seven community counselling agencies to provide counselling services. If you are currently receiving Ontario Works or are in the Ontario Disability Support Program you are eligible to receive up to eight counselling sessions free of charge.

Partners program (intake through Front Door) is an intensive home-based family counselling and support service offered to families with children between the ages of 7 and 18 years of age.  The Partners Program works to preserve a family’s ability to continue living together. By reinforcing family strengths and coping skills, Partners enhances the capacity of parents to function both as a family unit and as part of the community.

Cambridge Memorial Hospital provides supportive and therapeutic services to people in Cambridge and North Dumfries who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Grand River Hospital: The regional inpatient unit consists of 13 secure beds dedicated to children and adolescents under the age of 18 who live anywhere within the Waterloo-Wellington counties. Our inpatient services are located within a beautiful, bright environment with a therapeutic focus on short-term assessment and stabilization for children and adolescents presenting with severe and acute mental health symptoms.

Sliding Scale fees:

Carizon Counselling: We are an agency that’s really based on compassion, hope and a belief that, regardless of how difficult the time people are facing, there are solutions. Counselling is available in a variety of languages. 519-743-6333

Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge & North Dumfries: We offer professional and confidential counselling services for individuals, couples and families that are based on the goals that you seek to achieve. 519-621-5090

The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre is a not for profit, multi-faith counselling agency committed to strengthening emotional and spiritual well-being. 519.884.3305

Interfaith Community Counselling Centre (New Hamburg): For over 30 years, we’ve been helping people with personal issues and conflicts by matching them with a specialist to fit their individual needs. 519-662-3092

K-W Counselling Services: KW Counselling Services offers a variety of therapeutic counselling services to individuals, couples, families and groups. 519-884-0000

Lutherwood Family Counselling Services: We can help you to cope with a range of personal, marital or family issues. 519-622-1670

Shalom Counselling Services: At Shalom Counselling Services we provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment for conversation and problem-solving. Whether you need just a few sessions or more intensive counselling, we provide assessment, treatment, consultation and referrals.  519-886-9690.

Woolwich Counselling Centre Woolwich Counselling Centre provides professional counselling services for individuals, couples and families from all walks of life.  519-669-8651

Music Therapy

Private:

Firefly Therapy Services is currently offering group and individual Music Therapy options.

KiJengle offers music therapy services in the home as well as at their studio location.  Group and individual sessions are both available.

MusicConnect Music Therapy – music therapy and music education, all ages and abilities with Linda Gambell, MMT, MTA, RP  Contact: lgmusicspace@rogers.com

Axon Music Therapy offers music therapy for all ages and abilities.  Connect with Janel Morphy at janelmorphy@hotmail.ca or call 519 841 4982

Occupational Therapy

Funded:

KidsAbility: Occupational Therapists at KidsAbility work with children and youth (birth to age 18) who are having difficulty doing an activity. An Occupational Therapist will consider the child, the activity and the environment to minimize the challenges and increase productivity.

Private:

College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario has a directory of occupational therapists.

Bennett Occupational Services is a private pediatric service that provides assistance to children between the ages of 0-18 years who live in Kitchener-Waterloo (and some locations in Wellington and Perth counties).

Creative OT is an organization committed to providing high quality Occupational Therapy services in our clinic, your home, community or school environments. We provide Pediatric and MVA Occupational Therapy services in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge areas.

Pathways Therapy offers personalized physiotherapy and occupational therapy for children and adults with neurological, orthopedic, and respiratory conditions.

Social Skills Groups

Funded:

ASPEN Social Skills is a social skills training group for 12 to up to 18 year old youth with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum including Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or Non-verbal learning disability. Staff create a safe and supportive environment for youth to learn and practice social skills through a combination of role-playing, group interaction and community outings.

Social Skills Groups at DSRC are facilitated by the Autism Services Consultant for children age 11-18, who have Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Groups are run out of Sunbeam Centre.  For more information call 519-741-1121 or email postmaster@dscwr.com

Private:

A Balanced Approach offers Friendship Groups for children who experience difficulties navigating the social world around them. Our groups are not ASD specific; they are geared toward children who have strong language skills but may require extra support developing social skills. Children have the opportunity to learn important social skills in a fun, supportive environment with their peers.

Breaking Barriers – behaviour-based social skills groups for children of all ages and abilities! We are a behaviour-based social skill group that is rooted in Applied Behaviour Analysis principles focusing on the fundamentals of appropriate group behaviour and peer interactions. The Sociables makes learning social skills fun and engaging. We build on existing skills to ensure the children are learning the foundational elements of social interactions and applying them in their interactions with others. The learners are matched with similar peers to encourage relationship building.

Firefly Therapy Services Social Skills Groups use evidence based practices to teach your child intermediate to advanced Social Thinking® concepts using fun activities that are motivating and relevant to the children in the group.

McLennan Speech & Language: Social skills groups focus on improving each child’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively. The children learn to practise essential communication and social skills that enhances the quality of their personal relationships… At home, at school and in the community.

Speak your Mind KW offers social skills groups to help teach children how to think socially!  Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people.  We have to THINK about partners in order to be successful in interacting with them.

Speech-Language Pathology

Funded:

KidsAbility provides Preschool Speech and Language Services for children from birth to senior kindergarten entry who have difficulty learning to communicate or interacting with others. This government-funded program, provided through KidsAbility as the lead agency, is free of charge to families living in Waterloo Region.

Private:

Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists has a directory of private clinicians and guide to services in Ontario

Firefly Therapy Services is a division of KidsAbility™ Centre for Child Development that offers fee-for-service therapeutic programs for children in the community.

Sound Expressions (formerly Lear Communication)

McLennan Speech & Language is a group of Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants working with Children and their families in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Speak your Mind is a private pediatric therapy clinic that strives to provide comprehensive, family centered, evidenced based support to children and their families.

FAQ

I think I/my child may be on the autism spectrum. Where can I get an assessment?

Below are some options for getting an assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eligibility and cost varies with each option.

Who can help me to advocate for myself/my child within the school system?

The following agencies/organizations can assist you in navigating the education system and advocating for yourself or your child:

Who can help me/my child with mental health concerns (i.e. anxiety, stress/coping)?

Here are some services in our community that can assist with mental health concerns:

Are there any supports for people who don’t have a diagnosis of ASD yet?

Below are some resources that you may find useful prior to receiving a formal diagnosis of ASD:

See answers to question #3 for mental health supports

What are some sources of funding that I or my family may be eligible for?

*Please note that the Q&A is for general information only and may not pertain to your specific situation. For more detailed and personalized information, please contact the Family Resource Coach directly.