Autism Funding Programs allow families to be in the driver’s seat of their child’s intervention program. Parents choose services and supports that best meet their child’s needs. This means that as the parent of a child with autism, you are the employer of your child’s intervention team.

Hiring a Service Provider for your Child

  • Do not rush into signing a contract
    • Take the time to meet face to face with a few professionals to find out what services and programs they offer and if they are a good fit for your child and family
    • Find out the total costs of a service provider before signing a contract
  • Decide on a treatment approach that will work for your family and be cautious if a provider insists their approach works for all children
  • Consider if the service provider understands your family’s priorities
  • Ask about how many hours of direct intervention the program provides
  • Consider how you will be involved in your child’s program
  • Ask about how much direct support you will receive so that you can learn to use new teaching strategies to support your child in your daily life
  • In a home-based program, consider how much time can you contribute to managing the people coming into your home to provide therapy
  • Consider if a centre-based program in your community offers a better fit for your family