The Child and Adolescent Team at Mental Health and Addictions offers autism services for Lunenburg and Queens counties. The referral process is the same for autism services as for other clients, i.e., call the main clinic number 543-5400. Written consent to share information should accompany written referrals sent from other agencies.
We provide diagnostic assessments for preschoolers and school-aged children, and a range of education and supports for families. Details about what is involved in these assessments is outlined in the "What to Expect" documents below. The wait time for a diagnostic assessment is currently at least 12 months for school-aged children and 4-5 months for preschoolers and children in grade Primary (as of April 2015).
The team collaborates with professionals from a variety of other agencies who work with kids with ASDs, e.g., daycares, schools, early intervention, hearing and speech. Services for families include education about ASDs; developmental assessments for preschoolers; consultation to parents about helping kids develop skills; treatment of other problems and disorders experienced by ASD clients (e.g., anxiety). Our Community Suppport Service staff can work with families in their homes and and their community, and help families learn strategies for teaching important skills to their child.
We are currently offering regular "Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders" sessions. These are designed for parents of newly-diagnosed children, but will be of interest to other family members and caregivers, recreation leaders and anyone who wants to learn basic information about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Topics for this session will include: characteristics of ASDs, local services, strategies to encourage communication and social interaction, behavior management basics, and use of visual supports. Here is the schedule and how to register.
Most preschoolers with ASDs are eligible to participate in the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) program.
Click the links below for EIBI fact sheets:
For Further Information about EIBI Contact
Aline Couturier 543-4604 extension 2401