Pathways for Children & Youth

An Overview

Pathways is the lead agency for the Southeast Region Autism Program, working with a number of regional partners in the health and social services sectors. The autism program offers specific services to children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families. The program requires a referral by a professional, such as a family physician or psychologist, or by a parent, in consultation with a professional.

ASD is a developmental disability resulting from a neurological disorder that affects the brain and its functions. It affects an individual's ability to communicate and interact with others. Some of the most common characteristics include delay in language acquisitions, lack of social interaction, sensory impairments, lack of appropriate and spontaneous play, and behavioural excesses including aggressive behaviour and repetitive body movements. The combination of characteristics is unique to each individual.

Pathways' autism services provide teaching in social, play, thinking, language, and self-developmental level.

Pathways offers both Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) programs, based on a client's individual needs. Parent/caregiver education and engagement is an integral part of the autism services program, and parents/caregivers are expected to take an active role in order to help meet the needs of their child. The School Support Program provides training and consultation for school board employees who work with learners with ASD. Referrals to the latter program are limited to educators.

Pathways is responsible for autism intervention services in Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Counties. In Hastings and Prince Edwad counties, Counselling Services of Belleville and District is the partnering agency, while Lanark Community Programs is the partnering agency in Leeds and Grenville, and Lanark counties. These three agencies are committed to implementing the program in accordance with the policies of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and community input.

The length of the ABA and IBI programs depends on each child's progress as determined through individual assessment. The attached pdf file outlines the necessary documentation to refer a child to the autism services program.

For more information about individual autism services, please select a specific program from the drop down list.

The PDF below contains the Request for Autism Service and the form can be completed online and submitted by clicking on the submit button at the end of the form or the form can be printed off by clicking on the print button at the end of the form.

This pdf file contains more information. Please click pdf icon to read.

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Request for service form Request for Autism Services

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