The Summit Centre for Preschool Children with Autism
The Summit Centre
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Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Services

Children First
Provides services and diagnosis to Windsor and Essex County families with children, birth to six years of age who have special needs, including developmental and mental health challenges.
3296 Quality Way, Windsor, ON
Phone: 519-250-1850

Talk 2 Me - Connections Early Years Family Centre
Provides early identification and community-based services regarding speech and language for infants, toddlers, preschool children and their families living in Windsor and Essex County.

Early Signs Project 2009:
Promotes professional education about early signs, training Speech Language Pathologists, Early Identification & screening, Early Intervention, Referrals, Diagnosis (with University of Windsor and The Summit Centre for Preschool Children with Autism), and Research (with University of Windsor).

More Than Words
More Than Words is an intensive 12 week program designed to help parents of children under the age of six with Autism Spectrum Disorder, using a step-by-step approach to promote social interaction, communication and play skills during everyday activities.
St. Mary's Family Learning Centre
795 Giles Blvd. E., Windsor, ON
Phone: 519-252-0636

John McGivney Children's Centre (formerly Children's Rehabilitation Centre)
A treatment centre, school and preschool, serving the needs of children and youth with physical and/or neurological disabilities, and their families. Serves children from birth to 21 years of age. Also provides speech and language services to Francophone families.
3945 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON N9C 4C2
Phone: (519) 252-7281 Fax: (519) 252-5873

Hotel Dieu Grace Regional Children's Centre
An accredited children's mental health centre serving children and adolescents, between the ages of six and 18, who are dealing with social, emotional, developmental, and/or behavioral issues.
3901 Connaught St., Windsor, ON
Phone: (519) 257-5215 Fax:(519)257-5212

Private Practitioners

(charged a fee for Diagnostic and Psychological Assessments)

Dr. Cory Saunders, C. Psych. Brain Basics Program
Windsor Health Centre 400 Building, Suite 261, Windsor ON
Phone: (519) 259-3483

Dr. Tim Baker, C. Psych.
143 Wellington St. W suite 105 Chatham, ON N7M 1J5
Phone: (519) 437-8419
Email :

Intensive Behavioural Intervention/Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapy

Thames Valley Children's Centre - Autism Program
The Autism Intervention Program (AIP) is a client direct service for children who have been diagnosed with autism toward the severe end of the spectrum. Therapists from the AIP work with children, their families and caregivers at home and in the community.

The School Support Program (SSP) provides support to educators to enhance their practices. Consultants work with the local school boards to provide training, consultations, planning and resources.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) based services and supports include an orientation session and training sessions for parents, and time-limited direct services to work on one priority goal.

779 Base Line Road, E., London, ON
Phone: 1-866-590-8822 press 1

The Summit Centre for Preschool Children with Autism
A registered charity, affiliated with the University of Windsor Department of Psychology. Provides centre-based intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) treatment for children with autism up to six years. Provides a three-month Unity Intensive parent training. Monthly parent and sibling support groups. Provides public education and research on autism.
940 Prince Road, Windsor, ON, N9C 2Z5
Phone: (519) 255-1195

CASLPO members help people hear and communicate.

Respite and Support Services

Family Respite Services
Provides respite in-home or out of home through volunteers, paid in-home respite providers and families.
3295 Quality Way, Unit 101A, Windsor, ON N8T 3R9
Phone: 519-972-9688 Fax: (519)972-8902

Community Living Essex County
A non-profit agency which provides support services to individuals and their families in Essex County. Services include in and out of home respite services, special services at home, day supports, community employment supports, and supported living options.
372 Talbot St. N, Essex, ON
Phone: 519-776-6483

Is a resource and support to both families and professionals whose daily life involves someone with a disability. Directed by Lisa Raffoul, parent and consultant. Contact the Ensemble Team at 519 776-6486, Ext. 225

Ministry of Children and Youth Services [and] Ministry of Community and Social Services
Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD): Based on family income, ACSD helps parents with some extra costs of caring for a child with a severe disability e.g. diets, clothing, drugs, transportation, nursing care or costs of caregivers' relief.

Special Services at Home (SSAH)
In-home programming for children with developmental handicaps to aid the child's development and allow the family support and respite. Individualized programs focus on areas such as: behavior management, daily living skills, socialization, community life skills, etc.
Phone: 519-972-9688 Ministry Info Line: 1-800-268-1154

Incontinence Supplies Program
Coordinated through the Easter Seals Society, funding for diapers (incontinence supplies) are provided for children and youth with disabilities ages 3 - 18.
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6252 x314
Easter Seals Website:

Linking - Access Services

Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Help Link Access
Information and referral assists families with information, support and linkages to appropriate community services. Service Coordinators provide support while accessing relevant community agencies for children with developmental delays and/or mental health issues. Facilitates access to services outside the community for families who have exhausted all community resources.
Phone: (519) 257-5215 Fax : (519) 252-2325

Windsor-Essex Family Network and Resource Centre
Provides support to local families who are affected by disability and/or other disorders; promotes strength, competence, and knowledge with the family. Also, offers workshops and other learning opportunities.
7025 Enterprise Way, Windsor, ON N8T 3N6
Phone: (519) 974-4221

211 Windsor - Essex
A directory of over 3000 community, social, health and government services. Windsor - Essex's
#1 resource for information about services.
Phone: 211 or 519-258-0247 Toll Free 1-866-488-9311

Project Lifesaver
Is designed to provide security and comfort for the family while safe guarding the memory impaired and those who are least able to help themselves.
1219 10th Concession,P.O. Box 910, Essex, Ontario N8M 2Y2
Phone: 519-979-9988 or Toll Free: 1-866-979-9988

Deputy Chief Richard Derus
Windsor Police Service
PH: (519) 255-6700 Ext. 4484

Windsor-Essex Project Lifesaver
4363 Ashfield Crescent
Windsor, Ontario
N9G 2G8

Ministry of Transportation
Offers disabled parking permits with a diagnosis of Autism. The family of the child must have a doctor sign the application so they will qualify for a permit.

Special Olympics Windsor
Special Olympics Ontario is a registered Canadian charitable organization, of which Special Olympics Ontario-Windsor is an active community program. We provide year-round athletic training and sports competitions to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympic athletes will have the opportunity to compete in a number of sports at a variety of levels that accommodate a diverse range of abilities.
Website: LaSalle Windsor Special Olympics

Special Star Soccer League
This is an organized , structured , compassionate soccer league for children and young adults with Autism or Aspergers and their families. Your child or young adult will be placed in a Division that best suits their needs so they can best excel in our league.

Parent Organizations

High Functioning Autism/Asperger's Parents' Support Group Meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 7 p.m. (except July, Aug and Sept) at St. Matthew's Church Hall, 1600 Norfolk Ave, Windsor. Parking is available at the rear of the church. All are welcome!
Contact: Anne Hucal

Autism Services Incorporated (ASI)
Provides a seven-week Summer Program to persons with Autism/PDD between the ages of six and 21. ASI also has an on-site Resource Library with books, videos, articles and Internet access.
Phone: (519) 966-7283

All About Autism
Introductory workshops for parents, professionals, caregivers and extended family of children with a suspicion or diagnosis of autism. Workshops take place at ASI and are offered the second Wednesday of each month from Sept to June. All workshops begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free of charge.
Held at: Autism Services Inc., Resource Lending Library
3600 Curry Ave. unit B Windsor, ON, N9E 2T6
Phone: (519) 966-7283

All About Autism is provided by a partnership between*Dedicated Parents* Autism Ontario,Windsor Essex Chapter* Autism Services Inc. * Children First* Ensemble* John McGivney Children Centre* Ontario Early Years Centres* The Summit Centre for Preschool Children with Autism* Talk 2 Me - Connections Early Years Family Centre* Thames Valley Children's Centre Autism Intervention Program

Autism Ontario (AO), Windsor-Essex Chapter
Parent organization of committed and skilled volunteers who organize and support parent to parent contact, provide official SEAC representation for ASD in boards of education, summer support, and public awareness forums. Fundraising, advocacy. Common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.
Gino Marcus Centre,1168 Drouillard Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1
Phone: (519) 250-1893

Ontario Organizations

Geneva Centre for Autism
An Autism Clinical/Resource Service. Provides family support, consultation, public workshops and symposiums. Resource materials (books, video, etc.) for members.
Toronto, ON
Phone: 416-322-7877

Parent Books
Offers a wide selection of resources for families and professionals to purchase.
121 Harbord St., Toronto, ON
Phone: 1-800-209-9182

The Canadian Baby Sibs Project: A Study of Infant Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto & the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Dr. Susan Bryson, Dr. Wendy Roberts and Dr. Peter Szatmari are researching the early development of infant siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders. Siblings are followed long-term, starting at six to 12 months of age, to monitor early social and communication development, and to ensure that siblings who experience difficulties can receive appropriate support and intervention.
In Hamilton phone 905-521-2100 ext. 74939 In Toronto phone 416-813-8748

Autism Ontario
The Society and its 31 chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community. ASO is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact.

Canadian Autism Research Organizations

Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network
CAIRN is a group of researchers and clinicians who saw the need to involve parents, other professionals, and policy makers in the development of new ways of diagnosing and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many treatments used to this day have little scientific evidence that they work, although there are treatments available that are backed by sound research. Provides an informative website with the latest and best evidence on autism for parents and others looking for quality information they can trust. Also provides an annual review of short articles on ASD, and conferences.

First Signs
First Signs is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about the early warning signs of autism and related disorders. Early and intensive intervention can have a profound impact on the quality of life for children at risk and their families. The key is early detection. The First Signs Web site provides resources, on a range of issues from monitoring development, to concerns about a child; from the screening and referral process, to sharing concerns.

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Canadian American Research Consortium (ASD-CARC). A group of more than 60 researchers, clinicians, and parents from Canada and the US (Principal Investigator: Jeanette J.A. Holden, PhD, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario). The ultimate aims of our research program are to develop methods for very early identification of infants at risk for ASD and to intervene by appropriate means to prevent overt symptoms of autism, including: on-line research for families through our Autism Research Registry.

Information About Autism & Related Disorders

Autism Society of America, Inc.
Provides a wide range of services and information to families and educators. Organizes a national conference. Publishes The Advocate with articles by parents and autism experts. Local chapters make referrals to regional programs and services, and sponsor parent support groups. Offers information on educating children with autism, including a bibliography of instructional materials for and about children with special needs.

Centers for Disease Control
The Autism Information Center Learn at CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has information about what autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is, about activities that scientists are doing to look at this condition, and to help parents who have children with ASD.

Division TEACCH, University of North Carolina
Publishes the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Also offers workshops for parents and professionals.

Indiana Resource Center on Autism
Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities Indiana University Offers publications, films and videocassettes on a range of topics related to autism.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
The NICHD, part of the U. S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is one of the primary institutes doing research into various aspects of autism, including its causes, prevalence, and treatments. The website provides current information about NICHD research projects, publications, news releases, and other activities related to autism and similar disorders.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

Autism Section of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Includes scientifically validated information about the causes of autism, and the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach to treating it.

A website aims to serve as the best possible source of information so that parents, caregivers, and the general community can be informed consumers of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario.

Curriculum Resources

Pro-ed, Inc.
Is a leading publisher of resources for Psychology, Special Education, and Early Childhood Intervention.

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Hand drawn colour picture cards, clipart, worksheets, flash cards, speech therapy games, general educational resources, and other teaching aids.

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