To improve services for B.C. children with Autism, a new category for the RASP – Supervised Occupational Therapist – was created April 1, 2017.

This category was developed in collaboration with:

  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia
  • College of Occupational Therapists of B.C.
  • ACT – Autism Community Training
  • RASP Advisory Panel.

Until recently, to be included on the RASP, we required documentation proving experience in providing services to children with autism under the age of six. This proved difficult for an Occupational Therapist, new to the field of autism, to acquire enough experience to qualify.

To address this challenge, the new category of Supervised Occupational Therapist allows for experience to be gained with the support of a supervisor. The clinical supervision requirements must be completed before a professional is eligible to apply to be on the RASP independently.


Frequently Asked Questions About the Supervised Occupational Therapist (OT) Category:

1) Why has the Supervised OT Category been added to the RASP?

The new category has been created to provide Registered Occupational Therapists new to working with children with ASD under the age of six, the opportunity to gain clinical experience under the supervision of an experienced Occupational Therapist.

The goal is to increase the number of professionals who can provide service to children with ASD under the age of six, while ensuring they have the necessary experience.

2) Who is eligible to apply as a Supervised OT

An Occupational Therapist with the support of a qualified Supervisor who is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia is eligible to apply.

3) What documentation is required for an application to the RASP as a Supervised Occupational Therapy?

An applicant must provide the following documentation:

  • A RASP application form
  • A Criminal Record Check
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Documentation of professional development, specific to the area of autism intervention with children under six, completed over the last two years
  • A current active registration with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia
  • A Letter of Supervision signed by an eligible supervisor; email Autism Information Services for a sample letter

4) Who is eligible to provide supervision?

  • Occupational Therapists currently on the RASP are eligible to supervise.
  • Other Occupational Therapists who provide service to children under six with ASD through the public system may apply to be a supervisor. This involves providing Autism Information Services B.C. with the following documentation:
    • A RASP application form
    • A clear Criminal Record Check
    • A current Curriculum Vitae
    • Documentation of professional development, specific to the area of autism intervention with children under six, completed over the last two years
    • A current active registration with Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia
    • Documentation of experience working with children under six with ASD; the minimum requirements of the RASP is one year’s work with three children under six with ASD

5) What are the experience requirements for a Supervised OT?

Once approved to the RASP, the Supervised Occupational Therapist must work under supervision to complete the following hours of clinical service:

  • A minimum of 60 hours of direct service must be completed over a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years
  • A minimum of 35 hours must be supervised and documented either as direct or indirect service, broken down as follows:
  • A minimum of six hours of supervised direct service. Direct service involves direct observation, or video review
  • A maximum of 29 hours of supervised indirect service (reviewing therapy session plans, helping set goals, discussion of outcomes, coaching on technique, materials to use or interviewing parents)
  • There must be at least six hours of direct service per child over the supervisory period
  • Services must be delivered to a minimum of three different children under the age of six
  • Clinical services must be provided for at least one child under six with ASD for a full 12 months

6) What are the requirements of the Supervisor?

The Supervisor must be on the RASP or meet the current RASP criteria.

  • The Supervisor must provide supervision for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years for the following:
    • A minimum of 35 hours of total documented supervision hours either as direct or indirect service
    • A minimum of six of the 35 hours must be under direct supervision, whether through direct observation or video review
    • A maximum of 29 hours can involve indirect supervision such as reviewing therapy session plans, helping set goals, discussion of outcomes, coaching on technique, materials to use or interviewing parents
    • A minimum of one hour of direct supervision per child
    • The Supervisor’s name and contact information must be listed on the RASP (in cases where the supervisor is only on the RASP in their capacity as a supervisor, this will be made clear).
    • After the minimum experience requirements are met, the Supervisor may choose to complete the ‘Supervision Verification Record’ to indicate the Supervised Occupational Therapist is competent to practice independently with children with autism under age six

7) How will hiring a Supervised OT impact the family financially?

  • Parents will be provided with a copy of the plan of supervision created by the Supervised Occupational Therapist and their Supervisor, specific to their child
  • Parents should clearly understand both the supervision process and their financial obligations, prior to service beginning
  • At times, implementing the plan will involve both the Supervised Occupational Therapist and Supervisor working directly with the child concurrently; however, the family will be billed by only one professional for the time spent with the child

Neither the Autism Funding Program nor the family will be responsible for any payment for supervision costs. It is up to the professionals to decide if and how the supervisor will be financially compensated.

8) Once the supervisory period is completed, how does a Supervised OT become eligible to work independently?

The applicant must submit the following:

  • A new RASP Application Form
  • The Supervision Verification Record signed by their supervisor

9) What happens if the child turns six while receiving services from a Supervised OT?

The hours of service working with the child who is over the age of six will not count towards the hours of supervision

10) What happens if there is a change in the relationship between the Supervisor and Supervised OT? How will that impact the services the child receives?

  • Both the Supervised Occupational Therapist and the supervisor have the right to discontinue the supervisory relationship
  • The two professionals must collaborate to ensure that the child continues to receive an appropriate quality of service without significant interruption
  • The supervisory relationship is not the responsibility of Autism Information Services
  • Autism Information Services B.C. must be notified of the change in this relationship and will give the Supervised Occupational Therapist a short period of time to find another supervisor

11) Who does the parent contact if they have questions regarding the Supervised OT or funding issues?

  • If there is a concern around payment, the parent should contact the Autism Funding Branch at 1-877-777-3530
  • If it is a quality of service issue, the parent should contact the Supervising Occupational Therapist; their name and contact information is available on the RASP

Submitting Your Application

Please submit all original applications by mail to:

  • Autism Information Services B.C.
  • 3688 Cessna Drive
  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • V7B 1C7

Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted and will result in delaying your application.

For questions, please email us.