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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

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 to book an individual consultation.

Family and Peer Mentoring and Social Support

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

  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Sibling Groups- Ages 7-12, Ages 13+
  • Social Recreational Groups 
  • Youth Advisory

Workshops and Coaching Sessions

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

Brief Consultations

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 Consultations 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.

  • Facing a New Diagnosis
  • Back to School Workshop Series
  • Teen Transitions