ASD Next Steps

The F-Words for Child Development

The F-Words for Child Development is a holistic approach to health that focuses on factors (fitness, function, friends, family, fun and future) that are important to every child’s development. To learn more, please visit CanChild’s website.

This ASD Next Steps guide has been organized around the F-words for Child Development and has received input from and been inspired by families across York Region.

This guide includes commonly asked questions and resources most relevant to those with a new diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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FUNCTION

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FAMILY

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FITNESS

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FUN

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FRIENDS

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FUTURE

Refers to how we participate in our daily lives.

» Where do I find autism spectrum disorder (ASD) friendly community services (hair dresser, dentist, etc.)?


Where do I find autism spectrum disorder (ASD) friendly community services (hair dresser, dentist, etc.)?

Autism Ontario (York Chapter Facebook Page)
Autism Speaks (Tool Kits)
CTN Family Mentor Program
Community Connect

*Autism Speaks Tool kits are available on a variety of topics including how to get blood drawn, dental tool kit, visual exams, tips of successful haircuts and more.


Refers to how children, youth, and adults stay physically active, including exercise and other recreational opportunities

» What is the difference between adaptive reactional programs and integrated program (with or without support)?


What is the difference between adaptive reactional programs and integrated program (with or without support)?

Children’s Treatment Network (Online Resource Centre)


» Can I get one to one support in a recreational program? How is it funded?


Can I get one to one support in a recreational program? How is it funded?

Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Autism Ontario
Special Services at Home (SSAH)

*You can ask your Municipality if they have additional support for one to one support


Includes particular activities children, youth, and adults are involved in or enjoy participating in

» How can my partner and I to go out to have fun on our own? What supports are available to help us?


 How can my partner and I to go out to have fun on our own? What supports are available to help us?

Respite Services


» How will my child be supported at camp?


How will my child be supported at camp?

Camps.ca (Autism Support Camps)
Our Kids
Ontario Camp Guide 2019
Kinark Outdoor Centre
Children’s Treatment Network (Camps and recreation)

*You can talk to any camp you register your child to ask if they have any 1-1 support.


» How can my child participate in the same activities as their siblings (e.g. hockey, music classes, scouts, or girl guides)?


How can my child participate in the same activities as their siblings (e.g. hockey, music classes, scouts, or girl guides)?

Jooay
Respite Services

*It may be helpful to share information with the program staff around your child’s interests, needs, and any accommodations. Some children may benefit from extra 1-1 supervision during programming.


Refers to the friendships established with peers; social development is an essential aspect of personhood.

» How can I help my child develop and maintain a friendship?


How can I help my child develop and maintain a friendship?

Autism Ontario
Early ON Centres
Jake’s House
Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Kinark Autism Services

*You can speak to the Service Navigator through Autism Ontario to learn about options for social skill programs in your community.


» How do I help peers understand and accept my child?


How do I help peers understand and accept my child?

Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Kinark Autism Services
York Region District School Board
York Catholic District School Board

*If you have an Early Interventionist, speak to your Early Interventionist about upcoming Portfolio nights.


» What programs are available to help my child learn social skills?


What programs are available to help my child learn social skills?

Jake’s House
Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Early ON Centres
York Region District School Board
York Catholic District School Board

*You can speak to the Service Navigator through Autism Ontario to learn about options for social skill programs in your community.


What development is all about; it refers to parents and their children’s expectations and dreams for their future

» What supports/resources are available for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?


What supports/resources are available for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Autism Ontario
Autism Speaks (Tool Kits)
Developmental Services Ontario (Eligibility will apply)
JVS Toronto
Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
York Support Services Network
Transition to Adulthood Checklist

*You will need to complete the registration process for Developmental Services Ontario to determine if the individual with autism spectrum disorder meets the eligibility criteria.


» How do I make sure my child will be okay once I am gone (financially, living situation, support system)?


 How do I make sure my child will be okay once I am gone (financially, living situation, support system)?

Developmental Services Ontario
Disability Tax Credit
Henson Trust
Ontario Disability Support Program
Partners 4 Planning
Reena
Registered Disability Savings Plan
York Support Services Network

*You will need to complete the registration process for Developmental Services Ontario to determine if the individual with autism spectrum disorder meets the eligibility criteria.


Disclaimer: These questions and resources are meant to serve as suggestions. It is not an exhaustive list and every individual on the Autism Spectrum is unique. They may not apply to you and your family or may not apply at this time.

Rosenbaum, P., & Gorter, J. W. (2012). The ‘F‐words’ in childhood disability: I swear this is how we should think!. Child: care, health and development38(4), 457-463. https://www.canchild.ca/f-words

Please contact the York ASD Partnership at yorkASD@kerrysplace.org to notify if any website hyperlinks are no longer active or to provide updated information.

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