Our friends at the Association for Developmental Autism Programs and Therapies (ADAPT) in Manitoba recently posted an update of where things stand with Developmental Therapies in Manitoba. Please check it out. As for Ontario, a lot has been happening with the new Ontario Ausitm Program (OAP) but as of yet, funding is still only available for Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) or Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapies.
It is a frustration that those of us in the developmental approach therapies world have dealt with, but it’s the families who are suffering. While families sit on wait lists for behavioural therapies that work on symptoms and external behaviours, their children are losing the opportunity to learn to relate, communicate and think through relationship-based approaches. Costs for developmental approach therapies are out-of-pocket and few even know about them.
Using free resources, such as Affect Autism and the Profectum Parent Toolkit, families can begin to make an impact in their lives. But without the support of public services, there is little support to do so. The mission of Autism D.A.T.A. is to continue to petition the provincial government with the growing body of evidence and research for relationship-based therapies until they are funded.
Parents in Ontario deserve to have CHOICE in the services provided for their children with developmental delays such as autism spectrum disorder.