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Autism & Developmental Services

 

Developmental Services includes a wide range of services and programs for youth and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a mild to moderate developmental disability, along with a behavioural, social, emotional or mental health challenge. These services are available for youth age 12 and older.

 

Galloway After School Program (GASP)

The Galloway After School Program is a socialization, life skills, and activity group for adolescents and young adults in East Toronto who have been diagnosed with Autism or a mild to moderate developmental challenge. Some life skills topics include cooking, leisure planning, street-safety, sexuality and relationship building. GASP aims to meet the individualized needs and provides a safe, structured, and fun environment where they can learn and develop more independence skills. Activities and outings encourage a sense of cooperation, responsibility and achievement.

The program runs two afternoons a week during the school year – approximately seven hours per week. The staffing ratio is one staff member per four youth. There is a fee of $50/month to ensure the effectiveness and stability of the program is maintained.

The goal of G.A.S.P is to provide a socialization, life skills and activity group, utilizing evidence informed practices (Applied Behaviour Analysis) for adolescents 12-18 years of age who are diagnosed as having a mild or moderate developmental delay, and/or an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) implemented in November 2013 brings individual and group goals into focus.  Assigned Primary Workers are responsible for the ongoing monitoring on the progress of goals.   All goals whether group or individual are developed on the premise of ABA.  Functional Behaviour Assessments are completed a minimum of once a year and may be used as the basis for individual goal development.  Family meetings and discussion with the youth are also essential components involved in the development of goal.

 

AYCES– High Functioning Autism (Formerly Asperger’s Syndrome) Youth for Community Engagement & Socialization

AYCES provides respite for youth between the ages of 12 -18 years of age with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism (formerly called Asperger’s Syndrome). This program operates throughout the school year; after school, Tuesday to Friday and on Saturdays and during school breaks (March Break, December and January closures and Summer Camp & three-day camp). The goal of the AYCES program is to both encourage and help youth/young adults develop social and life skills, increase self-esteem, develop peer relationships, and create volunteerism opportunities.

AYCES is a program designed for youth between the ages of 12 – 18, with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. The AYCES program encourages and helps these youth develop their social and life skills, increase their self-esteem, develop peer relationships. AYCES supports them in the community and creates volunteer opportunities.

AYCES includes the following services:

  • After-school program
  • Summer camp
  • March break
  • Alumni Group
  • Saturday outings

 

AAIMS (Adults Achieving Independence through Motivation and Skill)

AAIMS is an adult day program that supports adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or developmental disability. AAIMS focuses on the development of skills that will enhance their quality of life, as they work towards independence. Knowledgeable, caring, creative and qualified staff, support these adults in the areas of life skills, literacy, socialization, peer networking, volunteerism, and create opportunities for their inclusion in the community.

AAIMS operates Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the cost of $50/day. There is an option of extended hours at an additional cost. AAIMS runs out of our Galloway Centre, this site offers a home like environment with the modern technologies to support learning and personal development.

 

Galloway March Break, Summer Camp, Holiday and Saturday Respite

These respite programs offer a range of accessible non-residential respite services for youth ages 12 to 24 with a developmental disability or an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The goal of these services is to provide flexible family centred respite and quality programming that promotes the development of both social and life skills to its participants. Access to service is based on an individual’s respite plan, family changing need and availability.  All participants have a completed respite plan that is relevant to our services; this is reviewed yearly by staff and the family and/or individual. A record of their participation in the program is noted at time of closure. Any significant events that may impact a change to the respite plan or notable events that may impact their return to the service are noted by the one of the program staff. (i.e.: dislike or refusal of an activity or outing, a triggering event).