Supporting Quality Care for Ontarians with Autism


Ontario to consult on regulation of behavioural clinicians who provide autism therapy

MISSISSAUGA — Ontario is putting children, youth and vulnerable people first by strengthening the oversight of behavioural clinicians who provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), a therapy that primarily supports people with autism.

As recommended by experts and supported by families, regulation of ABA behavioural clinicians will set standard expectations for quality therapy across the province. Consultations on how best to implement regulation are set to begin this fall.

“We are acting on the clear direction we’ve received from experts and families of children with autism,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “Across Ontario, hundreds of men and women go to work every day to help children and youth. Our commitment is that behavioural clinicians will be regulated like other health professionals.

“The Ontario government is taking the right steps in developing a sustainable and needs-based program for children and families impacted by Autism. Regulating the standard of care clinicians provide will help ensure consistent, effective service and assistance to those families.” said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre.

“All our children deserve the best chances to develop and grow, and our ABA behavioural clinicians are a crucial part of the solution for children with autism.”