Foundational Family Services

Help is here when families need it the most. 

When a family has questions about their child's development, KidsAbility is often the first call that they make. We are here to answer that call and the many questions you may have from where to start to what services might be available to support you and your child. KidsAbility provides Foundational Family Services to anyone in our community—no diagnosis needed.

Funded through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Foundational Family Services provided by KidsAbility through the Ontario Autism Program break down barriers so that anyone in our community with questions or who may be concerned that their child is facing challenges can access services and support when they need it the most. Our dedicated, professional staff will work with you to find workshops, resources, groups, support and more to help you be successful. We are here for you regardless of where you are on your journey or simply if you are supporting someone on their own journey. You do not need to be a KidsAbility family to access these services. Help is here. 

 

KidsAbility's Resource Centres

Services offered through our Resource Centres are available to anyone in our community--regardless of if you are receiving services at KidsAbility or simply if you are searching for information to help you better understand a topic related to disabilities. The Resource Centre is often the first step in a family’s journey at KidsAbility. You are not alone and we can help get you connected to information, resources, supports and training. Schedule an appointment at any of KidsAbility’s sites to meet with our Resource Centre Supervisor who can assist you in finding answers to questions about KidsAbility’s services or other community resources, researching information on specific topics or BoardMaker training to help guide you in creating communication tools.

 

Autism Handouts & Resources

 

Workshops & Resources

KidsAbility offers many free workshops and resources to support you. Please remember to check our Events Calendar for upcoming dates and registration information.

 

School Years Services and Clinics

We offer a variety of individualized clinics to support you with specific therapy needs and questions you may have about your child's development. Each of these services has eligibility criteria. To find out if you qualify, call our intake line at 1-888-372-2259 ext 1214.   

  

Children Enrolled in the Ontario Autism Program

For children with a diagnosis of ASD who are currently enrolled in the OAP, families can access additional services such as "Ask a BCBA" and "Ask a Therapist." These virtual and phone appointments are one-to-one sessions with a KidsAbility BCBA or Social Worker. Please contact us to schedule an appointment and ensure that you have your child's OAP number handy when booking.

 

Ask a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)

You can Ask a BCBA questions such as:
  • Where do I start?
  • What service is best for my child?
  • How can I help them communicate?

Ask a BCBA! Second and fourth Thursday of every month, you can schedule a one-to-one conversation with a KidsAbility BCBA to ask your questions and seek guidance. To schedule this, contact askabcba@kidsability.ca.

 

Ask a Social Worker

Navigating the world that is special needs can be complicated. You are not alone. KidsAbility's Social Worker is here to help answer any of your questions such as:
  • How do I support my child's siblings?
  • How can my partner and I get help?
  • Do we qualify for any tax credits or funding?

Ask a Social Worker! Second and fourth Wednesdays of every month, you can schedule a one-to-one conversation with a KidsAbility Social Worker to ask your questions and seek guidance. To schedule this, contact askasocialworker@kidsability.ca.