Teaching Children with Autism

Teaching Children with Autism

The Ontario Government’s Ministry of Child and Youth Services has made some changes in its programs for children and adults with autism. In my opinion, many of these changes are good, some are bad. I am particularly concerned about their decision to only admit into the IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention) program children under the age of five. They are going to shorten the wait list by dropping from it children over the age of four. I can see where that might be all right in two to three years, after youger children have had a chance to be picked up for service, but it is unconsciable for children who have been on the wait list for IBI to be dropped from eligibility only because being on the wait list has put then over the (new) age of eligibility for the program.

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