Our team of clinicians have extensive experience in supporting autistic youth* and their families. We believe in working together as a team to help each individual achieve their own goals. Many services are covered by private insurance or qualify for OAP funding. Make sure to look for the OAP logo to help identify these services.
*For more information on identify first language, please click here
What is Autism?
At WonderTree, we view Autism as a difference in the way the brain works, which means you experience and respond to the world differently to non-autistic people. Differences include social interaction, communication and sensory processing. Autistic needs are fluid and will change depending on the impact of the environment and other people. Neurodivergence should be accepted and understood.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde
WonderTree Services for Autistic Youth/
Are you wondering if you or your child is autistic? Or are you looking to further explore other aspects of your child’s profile, like the way their brain works or how they learn best?
Our clinical, school, and neuropsychologists can help.*
* Please note we are only currently offering virtual ASD assessments to those that cannot access in person services. In person assessments will be available at WonderTree in the fall of 2024
Speech and Language
Are you looking to support your child’s functional communication, build their comprehension skills, or build vocabulary? Looking for support with alternative communication methods? Are they a gestalt language learner and need someone that understands how they learn and communicate?
Our Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) integrates evidence based practice with a flexible and individualized approach to support each child’s engagement and growth.
Executive Functioning Coaching
Are you looking for support with starting tasks and actually completing them, goal setting, organizing the day and prioritizing? Our executive functioning coaches can help.
We offer multiple supervision options (Psychologist and Social Worker supervision) to help support each family's needs and funding considerations.
Are you looking for support with sensory processing and regulation? Emotion regulation? Functional skill development for learning? Wondering how you can strengthen fine and gross motor skills?
Our Occupational Therapist (OT) has years of experience and is a mom of autistic youth/young adults that takes an affirming and individualized approach to care.
Mental Health and Well being
Is your youth struggling to regulate their emotions? Expressing concerns with anxiety, obsessive and compulsive tendencies, or sadness? Are their mental health concerns getting in the way of them showing the world how amazing they are or reaching their own goals?
Our psychologists and social workers can help by working directly with your child or through parent coaching.
Life Skills and Increasing Independence
Are you wondering how you can increase independent living or adaptive skills? Looking to support pre-employment or foster success in community activities?
Our Developmental Service Worker can support you in creating an individualized program, including any resources that you may need. We will also be offering a Safety for Independent Living course with our DSW in Spring/Summer 2024 (teens and young adults). We offer multiple supervision options (Psychologist and Social Worker supervision) to help support each family's needs and funding considerations, including OAP and some private insurance packages. If you have Passport funding, this service may be covered.
Feel like you have meeting after meeting and nothing changes for your child at school? Do you feel like you need support in advocating for them? Getting lost in all the red tape, acronyms, and jargon used in school meetings?
We have certified teachers with years of Special Education experience that can bridge the gap between your goals and translating that into school speak. They can attend school meetings with you, review and make educational plan recommendations (e.g., supporting Individual Education Plan (IEP) development), and support you in a variety of ways to help you advocate for your child.
It can be hard to access specialists that have knowledge of ASD and co-occurring concerns when medication management is needed for things like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Not sure if medication is the right type of support and want someone who will take the time to understand your child and discuss your options in depth without a rush?
Our Nurse Practitioners have extensive experience in mental health and neurological concerns. You can schedule an in depth consultation with them and can have frequent follow up appointments.
Mental Health (anxiety, OCD, depression, etc.)
Is your child struggling in school or not meeting their full academic potential? WonderTree offers flexible support for academic functioning to meet each child’s particular profile of strengths and weaknesses as well as funding options.
We have a Speech and Language Pathologist who is trained and has extensive experience in supporting literacy in autistic youth, which is covered by the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) and some private insurance.
We have an Occupational Therapist that can help if there are fine motor concerns that are interfering with written based academic tasks, which is covered by OAP and some private insurance.
If you want tutoring in one specific area or multiple areas, we have Ontario certified teachers that will help build and implement a targeted academic tutoring program.
These services are not covered by OHIP, but may be covered under your extended health insurance benefits. Check with your insurance provider for details (here is a list of questions you can ask).
One of our family coordinators will return your call/e-mail within 2 business days. Our family coordinators will help determine which service provider would be the right fit and assist in scheduling your appointment.