Hamilton-Niagara Regional Autism Program

Ministry of Children and Youth Services Updates

The OAP Guidelines provide operational guidance for autism service providers and set expectations for the delivery of the OAP across the province. The OAP Guidelines will continue to evolve as we work with families, clinical experts and stakeholders to improve how the OAP is delivered. The OAP Guidelines have been updated as of January 15, 2018.

The OAP Clinical Framework was developed by the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Expert Committee and is used, along with the OAP Guidelines, to guide clinicians who work with families to assess their child’s needs, and plan their behavioural services. The framework also helps families understand how their child’s needs are assessed, how behavioural intervention services are planned, how their child’s progress is reviewed, how transition planning is undertaken, and how their family is involved in these processes.

The OAP Information Sheet is a new document that provides families with information about the program and what service options are available to them. Families will receive this document from their Family Support Worker (title may differ across regional providers) to help make informed decisions about their service options.

The Family Guide to OAP Clinical Teams is a new document to help families understand the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of OAP clinical team members.

In the event that families have concerns about their child's OAP Behaviour Plan, families should speak with their OAP service provider to discuss these concerns. If a family's concerns cannot be resolved internally with their service provider, they can request an Independent Clinical Review of their child's plan. Please refer to the Family Information on the Independent Clinical Review Process and the Independent Clinical Review Process Guidelines for more information.

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