In partnership with the Thames Valley Children’s Centre
in London, Ontario, the John McGivney Children’s Centre
provides Autism Services under the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
Autism Services help kids be their best by achieving their greatest level of independence and becoming a part of their community.
Autism Services will provide:
Autism Services are:
- Applied behaviour analysis (ABA)-based treatment plans created in partnership the family, based on clinical assessments
- A range of services and supports geared to the child and family’s goals
- Service options and treatments that change based on the child’s individualized needs
Access to Service
- Family-centred: Families are actively engaged in the assessment, goal-setting and intervention planning process for their child
- Flexible and individualized: The scope and time frame of services are based on the child’s goals
- Evidence-based using the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) in all behavioural interventions
- Based on a child’s unique needs and strengths, regardless of age
To access services, families are asked to follow the following steps:
What to Expect
- Call 1.866.590.8822 to reach Thames Valley Children’s Centre (toll free) and press 1
- Tell the intake staff you want to register for Autism Services.
The intake team will send you an Admission Package.
- Complete and return the Admission Package at your earliest convenience. Be sure to include written confirmation of your child’s diagnosis made by a qualified professional (e.g., a diagnostic report from your Pediatrician, or another official document from a qualified source).
Your child will be placed on the Autism Services wait list based on the date of referral
(i.e., the date TVCC intake receives written confirmation of diagnosis as outlined above). An Autism Services staff will contact you to start services when a spot becomes available
. In order to get to know your child, we will observe him/her; ask you questions; complete an assessment and collect all relevant clinical reports. Together we will start a Family Service Plan. This plan will outline the first six months of services. It will then be up-dated every six months as your child grows and evolves.
Types of Services Include:
- Education workshops for parents, caregivers and community providers
- Parent/caregiver mediated model
- 1:1 direct intervention for your child
- Small group treatment
- Connections for Students
- Peer mediated model
- Consultative services to family
- Consultative services to other professionals
- Family / caregiver capacity building services
- Transition services
There are a number of education opportunities including ones focusing on toilet training, sleep, improving communication, building social skills and understanding behavior, available to families.