It’s the conversation, not the words alone that supports language development

It’s the conversation, not the words alone that supports language development

A study out of MIT published in February’s psychological Science online found that back-and-forth exchanges between parent and child—that is, engaging children in conversation—is what boosts the brain’s response to language. Floortime coaches parents how to do exactly this: increase the gestural communication that uses the sensory and motor systems to promote these circles of communication in “conversation” between parent & child.

Have your say about the Ontario Autism Program!

Have your say about the Ontario Autism Program!

Today Autism Ontario sent out a survey for parents to complete about the new Ontario Autism Program. Please, parents, fill out this survey and let the expert committee know that you want coverage for more than just behavioural services! What about occupational therapy, speech and language services and the like? What about developmental approach therapies and approaches that are more cost-effective and incorporate parent coaching? Have your say!

 

Dear Parents,

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Expert Committee provides advice to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services on current research and best clinical practices for working with children and young people with ASD. In a survey in January 2017, we asked families to provide feedback about ideas that were important to them in developing the new Ontario Autism Program. Your responses were used to guide the development of the Ontario Autism Program Clinical Framework. Families identified a number of important ideas. We are again asking for families’ feedback on some of these important ideas to help us make sure that these ideas are clear and understandable in the Clinical Framework.

To complete the survey in English, please click here

Please pass this link on to all the parents you know or work with! Let’s let them know what we need for our children!

Registration is open for the final Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program

Registration is open for the final Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program

Registration is open for the final virtual Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program. Please sign up HERE and call in on Wednesday night at 7:00 to have your voice heard by Minister Couteau and the OAP director, Sarah Hardy.

Before calling in, please review the Position Statement of the Ontario Parents of Autistics as well as that of Autistics for Autistics (A4A). Finally, please see the last post about what was said at last week’s virtual Tele Town Hall.

We can make a difference and speak up for real CHOICE in Ontario for autistics!

Disappointment with the Ontario Autism Program

Disappointment with the Ontario Autism Program

On December 7th, the Ontario Government announced an update to the Ontario Autism Program stating that parents now have more choice: ABA or ABA. Autistics for Autistics (A4A) responded with a Position Statement. Now, Ontario Parents of Autistics (OPA) have also responded with a Position Statement as well.

On Thursday’s Tele Town Hall meeting, it was disappointing to hear Minister Couteau emphatically state that he has been clear from the beginning that the Ontario Autism Program will only cover Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services, and that the program is only for young children.
What was promising was that after many callers inquired about the restriction of choice to behavioural services, the lack of consultation with autistics themselves, and the age of those served, the Minister said that he is open to another round of talks with the public about other services that would be helpful.
This is a step forward and a CALL TO ACTION for parents, autistics, and service providers to voice your concerns and suggestions for autism supports, services, and interventions in Ontario. Please REGISTER when registration is posted for next Wednesday’s (January 17th) virtual Tele Town Hall conference call HERE and tell the Minister that the program should cover a range of well-researched and cited services and supports shown to be effective–NOT just ABA. Ontarians want real CHOICE!