COVID-19 UPDATE – CHILDREN’S SERVICES: As we gradually bring back in-person services, we will continue to remain available to families via phone, email, videoconference and virtual services. To explore remote service options, click here for our latest service guide. 

For more information on Bethesda’s plan to resume services click here.

For additional questions please contact Bethesda’s Services Coordinators at 905.684.6918 ext.170 or email serviceinfo@bethesdaservices.com

Ontario Autism Program

Children and youth who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional are eligible for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). Children can receive services and supports until the age of 18.

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is working towards developing a new needs-based and sustainable autism program. During this transition, we continue to offer services and supports to improve outcomes for children and youth on the autism spectrum, promote quality care and help as many families as possible. For more information about the Ontario Autism Program, please visit the Ministry's website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program.

Bethesda offers a broad range of Foundational Family Services designed to foster resilience and wellness within the family and strengthen the family's capacity to support their child's learning and developmental needs.

Services are based on your child's needs, strengths and developmental stage. These evidence-informed services will be offered in a variety of ways, such as through virtual, self-directed, in-person and group support.

Foundational Family Services include:

Resources and Service Coordination

Bethesda's Service Coordinators can:

  • Provide information about service options and assist with program registration
  • Answer questions and share resources
  • Assist families completing OAP funding applications
  • Help families reconcile their OAP funding expense forms

Families can contact a Service Coordinator by calling 905.684.6918 ext. 170, or sending an email to serviceinfo@bethesdaservices.com to book an individual consultation.

Family and Peer Mentoring and Social Support

Supports inclusive of the whole family are offered in a variety different formats including:

Workshops and Coaching Sessions

Visit our monthly calendar to access an extensive list of interactive workshops that cover topics related to the early years through to young adulthood.

Brief Consulations

Brief consultations are single or time limited (1-3) individualized sessions that are focused on specific needs or goals. Parents/caregivers can meet with a clinician to ask questions, review resources and discuss a variety of strategies that relate to their child's social skills, life skills, communication and behaviour. Examples of topics that can be discussed during a clinic appointment include, but are not limited to: behavioural concerns, teaching new skills, increasing independence, completing OAP registration and funding applications and learning about community resources. Brief Consulations focus on proactive strategies. Click here to request an appointment.

Transition Supports

Transition supports are offered to support children, youth and their families during different life stages and changes, e.g. starting school, new diagnosis. Visit the links below for information about new Transition Services at Bethesda.