Blog 2016

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Questions to ask your intervention provider


    Autism Spectrum Disorder: Questions to ask your intervention provider

    The best thing you can do for your child and family is to be informed. Here is a guide on how to pick your service provider.

    When choosing a professional, you want to ensure that person is qualified, experienced and able to meet the individual needs of your child and family.

    Who can supervise a program?

    In Quebec, the individuals should be:

    1. Accredited;

    2. Members of a registered college; or

    3. Belong to a professional order and should have experience in supervising intervention programs.

    This ensures that the individual has had the appropriate training, knowledge, skills and ethical guidelines. Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA) have also received intensive training and have a code of ethics.

    What do you know about your professional?

    Have they offered services to children with autism? How many years of practice do they have? Are they part of an interdisciplinary team that include other professionals that will work on your child’s team (psychology, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, etc.)? Ask for references.

    Feeling pressured?

    If so, trust your judgement. A service provider with whom you will entrust your child’s education should make you feel at ease.  Also, look for non-profit options. If you feel pressured, walk away, it’s not right for your family.

    A good ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) program should entail:  early intervention, intensity 20-40 hours per week, individual and group intervention, naturalistic approach, fun and non-punitive approach, duration of intervention that varies on the child's individual needs

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  2. Creating pathways to innovation for autism in Quebec: why not?

    As the date for the Quebec Autism Forum approaches, many of us are thinking about how Quebec can begin to address the overwhelming and growing needs of our individuals and families touched by autism spectrum disorder.
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