Autism/ASD - Mental Health
The term Autism refers to a mental development disorder that is typically distinguished by reduced age-appropriate social interaction, problems forming relationships, restricted or repetitive behaviour, and communication problems or impairments in either verbal or non-verbal communication. Signs of autism are usually noticeable from early childhood. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to the varying degrees of mental impairment of Autism. Both children and adults with an ASD usually have certain characteristics in common, but the symptoms, and the severity of them can range widely, as can a person’s level of functioning, abilities, and communication. Other mental health conditions, such as OCD, depression, and anxiety can co-exist in a person with Autism. In fact, research suggests that up to three-quarters of children with an ASD may also have a secondary mental disorder. (http://keltymentalhealth.ca) Caring for an individual with both mental health conditions and Autism or an ASD may be overwhelming, and require certain medical, educational, and emotional support for both the patient and the caregiver. Are you looking for resources or professionals in your neighbourhood to help you identify and diagnose, or manage and care for, someone with Autism or an ASD along with other mental health conditions? You’ve come to the right place.
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Resources in ,
The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5®)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition
Mental Disorders and Disabilities Among Low-Income Children
Clinical Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder
A Practical Guide to Social Interaction Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mental Health Aspects of Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, First Edition
A Parent'S Guide To Autism
A Parents Guide To Autism
Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services - Hamilton
Programs in Hamilton include day treatment at Delta Secondary (HAM2899), day treatment at Hill Park Secondary (HAM0840), ASD Adult Residential Program (HAM0586), ASD Adult SIL Program (HAM2868), ASD Day Supports Program - a Transition to Adulthood group at Woodview Manor (HAM2866), ASD Children and Teen groups and camps and Adult ASD Vocational and Passport services (HAM1428) (HAM2866).
McMaster Children's Hospital - Autism Spectrum Disorder Service - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4
Salvation Army (The) - STRIVE Adult Autism Services - 533 Main St - Autism Centre
* 1:1 literacy and computer skills programming
* Indoor mini-gym
* Rooftop garden
* Art classes
* Music programs
* Snoezelen Room
* Teaching kitchen
* Cafe, and several multi-purpose spaces.
Autism Ontario - Potential Programme
Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services - Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services, Burlington - Burlington
Day treatment programs:
* for children and youth with significant social, emotional, and/or behavioural needs, in partnership with the Halton District School Board
* each program is located in a community school, open to all areas of the region, elementary and secondary, combined focus of mental health and education
Woodview Learning Centre:
* private school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, located at 69 Flatt Rd, Burlington (fee-based program)
HIP (Halton Intensive Program):
* outreach services include home-based services and supports for children ages 6-12 with serious social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties
YODA (Youth Overcoming Depression & Anxiety):
* services youth in grades 6-8 requiring support to address issues of anxiety & depression and/or having difficulty functioning in their home, school and community environments
* offers 10 week group treatment programs in community schools in North Halton (covers Oakville) and Burlington
* offers support for youth and families experiencing a high degree of conflict
E.I.E.I.O (Early Identification, Early Intervention Outreach):
* 20-week school-based therapeutic program for children ages 6-8 showing signs of significant social, emotional and/or behavioural problems and some difficulty in the school setting and/or at home
* offers families an opportunity to build on their strengths, skills and relationships
Ontario Autism Program:
* for children with a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
* detailed assessments, intensive individualized instruction focused on skill building and generalization of core skills to other environments, family involvement in setting goals
* skill building services and supports for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
* individualized plans, family involvement in setting goals, in home and in community settings, parenting workshops
For additional information on mental health and autism programs, please visit Woodview's website
Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services - Woodview Learning Centre - Burlington
Focus of the program is to provide an academic setting for students who are not met with success in the public system.
* helps students with ASD to build social, communication, and independence skills
* assist students in developing appropriate classroom and community skills and behaviours in a safe and caring environment
Some activities take place at other locations.
McMaster Children's Hospital - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Program - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4
Autism Ontario - Autism Ontario, Autism Ontario
Nelson Youth Centres
Children's After School Treatment Program: (for ages 6-14)
* group therapy based
* Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown
* focuses on self regulation, emotional regulation, social competences and managing peer conflict
* children/youth may have a diagnosis of ADHD, Anxiety, and/or Learning Disability
* attend once a week for a twelve week session
Family Support Program:
* parent support group offered in conjunction with the After School Treatment Program
* focuses on effective parenting strategies, promoting positive behaviours and parent child relationships
Half Day Intensive Program: (for ages 7-13)
* for children with severe social/emotional issues struggling to stay in school
* one half day a week during school year
* focuses on development of effective social/emotional skills and learning strategies that enable them to maintain their school placement and function effectively in the home and community
Individual and Family Counselling:
* various counselling formats focusing on effective parenting, family functioning and emotional/behavioural difficulties experienced by the child in the home, school and community
Reconnecting Youth:: (for ages 12-17)
* community based treatment program for youth
* enhances effective community involvement and life skills
* addresses issues such as emotional regulation; mood disorders; social competencies and peer conflict
* individual and family therapy
Saturday Social Skills Program: (for ages 8-12)
* for children with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
* operates four times a year, eight week sessions
* teaches essential interpersonal and communication skills
* interactive group recreational programming
Hamilton Mental Health Outreach
Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)
Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.
Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.
Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate listing here
General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.
Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate listing here
Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate listings here
PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate listing here
PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.
2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.
3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.