Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children, Youth and Adults, age 6 and older
If you've been looking for services for your child, youth or adult, age 6+, who has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, call us now. We have over 30 years of experience working with families and people with ASD, and we are excited to announce the expansion of our rehabilitation services to include ASD!
Occupational Therapy Assessment: provided by Lourine Koide, OT with 8 years experience working with children with ASD and their families, Lourine meets with you and your child in your home or our clinic to assess for baseline function in a variety of areas: social skills, play skills, life skills, communication skills, emotional functioning, cognitive skills, and physical / motor skills. Lourine will make a written recommendation regarding therapies and may, if needed, recommend a Support Worker to help you and your child make the most of the recommendations. You can click on the button in the left sidebar for more information about Occupational Therapy.
Motor Skills Development: provided by Hannah Bergman, Kinesiologist with specific training in working with children and youth with autism. Beginning with an assessment of baseline function, Hannah then creates a customized physical program, usually completed in our low stimulation gym or a community pool. You can then work with your child or youth yourself, or you can ask Hannah to provide regular support. Click on the Kinesiology button on the left sidebar to find out more about Kinesiology and how it can help your family member with ASD.
Emotional Skills Development: provided by Urszula Zawadzka, RCC with over 10 years of experience working with children and youth with autism, Urszula meets with you and your child to understand needs related to emotional regulation and common triggers. The goal of counselling, in both group and 1:1 settings, is to help children learn the skills to self-regulate. Click on the Counselling button in the left sidebar to find out more about our services.
Social / Life Skills Development: provided by Jaquelyn Lukow, OT with 5+ years of experience working with children and youth with autism. Jaquelyn focuses on your child's strengths and, through structured and consistent teaching methods customized for your child or youth, presents, practices, and masters new social or life skills. Some of these might include learning how to take turns, travel by bus, complete basic food preparation, and others.
Call us now for more information or to request 1:1 services
If you prefer group sessions for your
6-12-year-old child, call us now about our
Winter Session: January 14 to March 12, 2020
Ages 6-12 years
Beginning on January 14, we offer very small group (3 children) and 1:1 learning environments to teach children much needed social skills (our Connect program), motor skills (our Jump program), and emotional regulation skills (our In the Zone program). We use current, fun themes to deliver these skills, such as Minecraft, Frozen, Lego, and others. We can help you sort out how to use BC's Autism Funding for these services, which can take up to 6 weeks to put in place, so call us now!
Ages 13-18 years
For youth with ASD in this age group, we offer 1:1 teaching of social skills, life skills, motor skills, and emotional regulation. Groups may be available, based on demand and dependent upon the topic. We can help you sort out how to use BC's Autism Funding for these services, which can take up to 6 weeks to put in place, so call us now!
Adults with ASD may need support in the same skill areas as children, and more. 1:1 services address all these areas. Perhaps you or an adult family member with ASD may want employment. WorkBC services, provided in Kamloops by Open Door Group and fully funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, may be effective. If not, a more customized approach may help. Call us today to find out how.