Core Clinical Services

Individual and group treatment for children and youth with autism/ASD. If you receive Interim One-Time Funding (IOTF) or Core Clinical Services (CCS) funding, please see below to select the program which you can purchase to best support your child/youth and family.

At TVCC, we offer:

  • a variety of flexible, individualized treatment programs
  • programs designed to meet  your child’s needs and your family’s preferences
  • a child and family focus in all our services
  • highly trained, professional and caring staff
  • programs that meet the Ontario government’s Core Clinical Services program requirements

All treatment is delivered in an integrated way with your child/youth's progress overseen by a Behaviour Clinician. A Speech-Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist will consult on relevant needs and goals during your child/youth’s assessment and if direct intervention from a Speech Language Pathologist and/or Occupational Therapist is found to be the best way to meet your child's goals, these clinicians will develop a plan with you to provide what is needed.

NOTE: In Lambton, Chatham-Kent and Essex counties, TVCC staff will work with the local Children’s Treatment Centres to support a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

Who we serve:

Children and youth with autism/ASD and their families who live in Ontario, are registered with the Ontario Autism Program and are receiving Interim One-Time Funding (IOTF) or Core Clinical Services (CCS) funding.

Programs are available at our TVCC locations across Southwestern Ontario. Our offices are located in Chatham, London, Owen Sound*, Sarnia, St. Thomas, Stratford* and Windsor.

*In Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce counties, clients who live further than 25 km from our Stratford and Owen Sound office locations, and for whom transportation is an issue, we will work with you to find a more convenient regulated community location. Travel costs will apply

What we offer:

Focused Learning with Peers

The Focused Learning program is designed for children who will benefit from learning new skills with peers of a similar age.

For children…

  • up to 14 years of age
  • with low to moderate learning needs
  • with few behaviour concerns (e.g., little or no aggression to themselves or others)
  • who can sit and attend for several minutes in an activity

Location and staffing…

  • classroom setting
  • with 5 children and 3 therapists

Days and times…

  • each session is 2½ hours
  • 1, 2, 3 or 5 sessions per week
  • minimum 1 session per week for 8 weeks
  • morning or afternoon (we recommend younger children in the mornings)

Parent involvement… 

Foundational Family Services - parents/caregivers can attend for additional coaching and consultation services

Comprehensive Learning

The Comprehensive Learning program is designed to help children build new skills across two or more areas of their learning (including behavioural skills).

For children…

  • up to 14 years of age

Location and staffing…

  • classroom and individual settings
  • each child is assigned one therapist

Days and times…

  • each session is 2½ hours
  • 2, 3 or 5 sessions per week for at least 12 weeks
  • one session per day
  • morning or afternoon (we recommend younger children in the mornings)

Parent involvement…

  • parents/caregivers join their child in the classroom for an observation once a month
  • Foundational Family Services - parents/caregivers can attend for additional coaching and consultation services

Intensive Intervention

Intensive Intervention is designed for children who need help to build many different types of early learning skills to help their development and prepare them for school. This treatment focuses on early problem solving and cognitive skills, communication, social skills, fine and gross motor skills, and daily living skills, amongst others.

For children…

  • up to 6 years of age

Location and staffing…

  • classroom and individual settings
  • each child is assigned one therapist

Days and times…

  • each session is 3 hours
  • 1 session per day (5 sessions per week) in the mornings
  • 6-month program

Parent involvement…

  • parents/caregivers join their child in the classroom for an observation once a month
  • Foundational Family Services - parents/caregivers can attend for additional coaching and consultation services

Groups for Teens

Groups for Teens is for designed teenagers who need to focus on developing social, vocational, and/or daily living skills. We will work with you to find the best fit for your teen.

For teens…

  • who are in high school

Location and staffing…

  • virtual and in-person groups
  • 2 – 4 therapists per group of 8 teens, depending on topic and need

Days and times…

  • groups start in January 2022
  • each session is 1 to 1½ hours, after school
  • one session per week
  • 10 – 12 sessions per group

Parent involvement options…

  • Parent coaching group (parents/caregivers attend and implement their goals at home with their teen, this is great option for families if the teen cannot attend)
  • Foundational Family Services - parents/caregivers can attend for additional coaching and consultation services 

Access to Services

Register with Core Clinical Services by completing TVCC’s on-line Intake and Referral form.

If you have questions or need help completing the form:
Email abs [at] tvcc.on.ca
or 
Call 1.866.590.8822 then press 1 to register with Autism & Behavioural Services
You will be asked for your OAP Client Reference Number when you register for the Ontario Autism Program.
Contact abs [at] tvcc.on.ca for information about registering with the OAP. 

What to Expect

Step 1: Welcome Call

After you register with TVCC’s Autism & Behavioural Services, our Autism Family Liaison will call you within a few weeks to speak with you about your family’s situation and the TVCC services could best meet your needs.

Step 2: An Offer of Service to your Family

Once your child is within 2 (two) months of being offered service, we will contact you to start the process.

We will ask you to share relevant information to help us understand your child, for example, reports and background information about recent clinical services, important health and medical information, and educational history. 

Step 3: Clinical Intake

The clinical intake team will review the reports and documents that you send us. The information will help us understand your child’s strengths, abilities and needs, and your family’s goals. Overall, this information allows us to plan effectively, make treatment recommendations and discuss program options, as we prepare to work with your child.

Step 4: Assessment and Treatment Planning

At the start of service, a Behaviour Clinician will be assigned to you and will begin to further assess your child’s needs and design a treatment plan. The Behaviour Clinician will also work together with the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and/or Occupational Therapist (OT) as needed, to help develop this plan for your child/youth*.

* In Lambton, Chatham-Kent, and Essex counties, TVCC will work with the local Children’s Treatment Centres to support an integrated service plan (i.e., behavioural, speech and occupational therapies).

Step 5: Treatment

All children and youth receive individualized treatment in groups, classrooms, or communities, virtually or in-person, using a multi-disciplinary approach. Your child/youth’s progress is overseen by a Behaviour Clinician and if direct intervention from a Speech Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist is found to be the best way to meet your child/youth’s goals, these clinicians will provide what is needed.*

* In Lambton, Chatham-Kent, and Essex counties, TVCC will work with the local Children’s Treatment Centres to support an integrated service plan (i.e., behavioural, speech and occupational therapies).

Payments

Clinical Intake process is provided to families at a fee of $300. This is ‘flat fee’ is requested prior to the start of the Clinical Intake review. If you decide to purchase a program with us, the Clinical Intake fee is removed from the cost of the program.

Once you have selected a treatment program for your child, the number of sessions per week, and number of weeks of service you wish to purchase, we will develop a Service Agreement and payment schedule (typically 2 – 3 payments in total).

The cost of our services covers:

  • all direct intervention with your child
  • parent/caregiver meetings
  • clinical supervision and training of staff
  • consultations with education and community service providers involved with your child
  • report writing and documentation
  • program materials and supplies
  • invoices and receipts necessary to submit to the OAP with the Ontario government

 There are no hidden costs. Please see the Parent Guide for more details.

About our Staff

Autism & Behavioural Services has been providing services for children with autism/ASD and their families for over 20 years in southwestern Ontario. We have a variety of qualified, professional and caring staff who will work with you and your child to deliver high quality and evidence-based services that meet your child’s needs.

Our staff includes Behaviour Clinicians who are Board Certified Behavior Analysts®, a Speech Language Pathologist, and an Occupational Therapist. These clinicians develop, monitor and adjust your child or youth’s individualized treatment program. While not all services may be required in each situation, our team works together to ensure the most needed skills are addressed. Each child/youth also receives direct support from qualified Instructor Therapists and/or their clinicians. 

Our ABS clinical staff also include our team of experienced Clinical Supervisors and a Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Director who mentor, support and provide additional supervision to our clinical teams, and work with families to help them resolve any difficult challenges your child or youth experience.

For More Information

Email abs [at] tvcc.on.ca or 
Call 1.866.590.8822 then press 1 to register with Autism & Behavioural Services