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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Autism Program

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is a global leader in pediatric health with a vision to enable every child and youth live healthy and meaningful lives. For children and youth with autism and their families, Holland Bloorview has played a central role in autism diagnosis as a hub for Toronto. 

In February of 2019, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services introduced changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). Under these changes, families will receive a “Childhood Budget” from the government to pay for eligible services.  It is the Ministry's goal that all children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) obtain services in this manner by April 1st of 2020. 

Holland Bloorview has created new program offerings focused on autism that are being delivered by caring and highly qualified professionals.  Our program has been designed to support families navigating the recent changes to OAP and to meet the diverse needs of children with autism.   Some programs are free, and others require a fee. Those requiring a fee are eligible under the new “Childhood Budgets”. 

Click here to see our Autism Services Guide - Summer 2019

Holland Bloorview will be evaluating the summer program and actively engaging and seeking input from clients and families as well as our partners. This engagement and evaluation will allow us to plan our future service offerings and ensure that we are meeting the needs of the community.

Holland Bloorview is here to help if you need assistance, please call us at 416-425-6220 ext 3832 or send an email to autismservices@hollandbloorview.ca.

Registration process

EventBrite is an online registration and payment processing portal that will be used to register for the services found below. Once you click Register, you will be directed to the EventBrite website to register for the desired service and to process payments (if applicable).  

Confirming your registration spot

After we receive your registration form and full payment, you will receive a receipt. Please note, reimbursements will not be provided to families who are registering for a program prior to your funding start date from the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).

We will inform you if we are able to meet your child’s support needs in your program of choice. There may be a need to suggest a different program option or place children on the wait list if all spots are filled.

Cancellation policy

To make a cancellation, participants must go to the EventBrite website and follow instructions to receive a refund (if applicable).

Contact us

If you have questions, please call us at 416-425-6220 ext 3832 or send an email to autismservices@hollandbloorview.ca

Child-minding

Please note that onsite child-minding is available for ages 30 months and up for some parent workshops. Pre-registration is required.


Introductory Services

Parent Education (Free Programming)

Understanding Autism Funding and Services: Group workshop

Accessing and using funding, as well as system navigation can be difficult for families. This workshop will give participants an overview of key information.

Age: For Parent(s)

Cost: Free

Dates and times: Second Tuesday of every month | 6:30-8:00

Paperwork Support for Parents

This is a chance for parents to come together and work on filling out forms etc. A staff person will be available to answer questions specific to forms. Please note that onsite child-minding is available for ages 30 months and up. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Ronald McDonald Playroom at (416) 425-6220 ext. 3438 to register your child. 

Age: all

Cost: Free

Dates and times: July 9, 2019 | 6:00-8:00pm

Sexuality, Gender Identity and Consent in ASD: What we know and where do we go?

During this workshop, we will review the current research on gender identity and sexuality in ASD, as well as raise important topics for consideration and discussion. Issues of capacity and consent will be highlighted in relation to gender identity and sexuality. The broad objective of the workshop will be to destigmatize these issues for parents and clinicians. Consequently, it is possible that more questions will be raised than resolved.

Age: Parents of children ages 13-29 years old

Cost: Free per family

Date and times: Monday July 15th, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Getting Your Child (and YOU) Ready for Elementary School

This parent education session is led by a registered Early Childhood educator and will provide helpful information as you prepare to navigate the elementary school system. We will discuss topics such as collaborating with teachers and school staff, communicating your child's needs to school staff and tips for helping your child prepare for starting school.

Age: For parent(s)

Cost: Free

Dates and times: August 1, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm


Parent Coaching Group Interventions

A Therapist’s BEST Guide to Picky Eating - Parent Coaching Module

Many kids and youth with autism experience significant feeding challenges including but not limited to: highly selective eating, difficulties tolerating food textures, delays in the development of chewing skills, etc. This intensive 3 hour workshop is designed to support parents and caregivers meet their individual goals when it comes to supporting their child or teen with eating. It will also teach parents and caregivers practical strategies to address picky eating. This workshop includes a pre-screening and follow up phone call session with the facilitator.

Age: For parent(s)

Cost: $100 per family – maximum 8 families

Dates and times: 

June 15, 2019 | 2:00-5:00pm | Parent(s) of kids 1-6 years old

July 19, 2019 | 10:00-1:00pm | Parents of kids 1-6 years old

August 9, 2019 | 10:00-1:00pm | Parents of kids 7 years and up

Toilet Training: Setting Our Kids Up for Success

This parent coaching session is led by an occupational therapist (OT) and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). This workshop will discuss information on assessing your child's readiness for toilet training as well as helpful hints to support your child in moving towards independence.

Age: For parent(s) of children ages 0-6 years old

Cost: $50 per family

Dates and times: July 10, 2019 | 6:30-8:00pm

Sensory Processing Challenges – Strategies that help! - Parent Coaching Module

Kids and youth with autism experience sensory processing challenges that can significantly impair their daily functioning. This intensive 3 hour workshop is designed to support parents and caregivers meet their individual goals when it comes to supporting sensory processing needs of their child or teen. It will also teach parents and caregivers practical strategies to address sensory issues. This workshop includes a pre-screening and follow up phone call with the facilitator.

Age: Parent(s) of kids 1-18 years old

Cost: $100 per family – maximum 8 families

Dates and times:             

June 21, 2019 | 10:00am -1:00pm

July 26, 2019 | 10:00 am-1:00pm

August 23, 2019 | 10:00am -1:00pm


School-Aged Behavioural Therapy Interventions (BCBA Led)

Toilet Training Individualized Consultation

Using a behavioural science approach, this Individualized Initial Consultation, provided by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), will include caregiver education, customized tips and tricks and a written step by step toileting plan. Extra consultations and support phone calls are available at a fee, if needed.

*Parent coaching session “Toilet Training: Setting Our Kids Up for Success” is recommended prior to individualized consultation.

Age: For parent(s) of children ages 0-6 years

Cost: $130

Dates and times: To be determined with BCBA                  


Participation, Recreation & Respite Groups for Children and Youth

Getting into the Game Camp

Getting into the Game is a mini-camp where participants will work with their camp peers and coaches to set personalized physical activity goals and develop sport and fitness skills through our session curriculum called QuickStart. This mini-camp focuses on having fun, building confidence, friendships and motivation to be physically active.

Please note: Participants must be able to follow multi-step game instructions without assistance of a caregiver, and be comfortable in a physically stimulating gym environment with a group of 6 to 8 other youth

Age: Grades 8-12                      

Cost: $175 Half Day – maximum 8 participants

Dates and times: Grades 8-12 – Half Day | July 2-5, 2019 | 9:00-12:00pm                                         


Integrated Recreational Programs

Please visit www.hollandbloorview.ca for a range of other integrated recreational programs:

Music Therapy

Adapted Music Education

Spiral Garden Summer Day Program

Art Groups

The Independence Program

Youth at Work


Coming for Fall/Winter 2020

We are in the process of developing a comprehensive program under the following headings. Stay tuned! 

  1. Parent Education (FREE Programming)
  2. Early Intervention Programs
  3. Parent Coaching Intervention Groups
  4. Group Interventions for Children & Youth
  5. School-Aged Behavioural Therapy Interventions
  6. Participation, Recreation & Respite Groups for Children & Youth