This two-year initiative aimed to improve treatment services for children with autism and their families by reducing dependency on out-of-province agencies and the need for long-term interventions. The project established a parent/professional committee to oversee the integration of services and train an autism program specialist. The project also set up a rotating autism clinic that brought together pediatric services, child psychology specialists, speech/language services, occupational therapists, and autism program specialists. Researchers concluded that the new model reduced parental stress and improved service delivery. Parents said that their children’s physical, mental, social, and language skills improved. However, they also said the responsibilities of training and supervising in-home workers was extremely demanding.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.