Sudbury

Oden 9 yrs old & Oriana 8 yrs old Jemmett

My name is Natasha Delaney and I do not agree with the communication method, roll-out or details on the new Ontario Autism Program. This plan needs to be paused and adjustments need to be made. I am a part-time student at Cambrian college and most importantly I’m the mother of two exceptional children on the Autism Spectrum. My children share the label of Autism; however, they are very different. My daughter has moderate autism with global developmental delay. With both Intense Behavioural Intervention and Applied Behaviour Analyses services through Child & Community Resources, my daughter was so successful, she was ...

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Hunter - 11 years old

Our son is now 11 years old. He was diagnosed ADHD, ODD, OCD, behaviour/mood disorder at age 8 and diagnosed ASD (severe autistic symptoms without an intellectual deficiency) and a delay in working memory and processing speed at age 9. We were late getting a diagnosis as we didn't have a family dr at the time. From walk in doctors to pediatricians and back again with no answers. We are currently on the waitlist for intense behaviour treatment with CCR and have been for over 2 years. Our son has become increasingly violent and aggressive the older he gets. We've been ...

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Eric-Alexander Lehto - 7 years old

My son doesn't just struggle daily with ASD he also has the life threatening combination of juvenile diabetes that both occured since 2016. With constant daily blood glucose highs and lows we had to finally pick our battle to put him on a temporary combination of low dose Vyvance and Ability to help with his impulse control as ultimately his current health to the long term is our family's biggest concern. His 2 pediatricians wrote a letter March 2018 to the heads at CCR pleading to have his wait list expedited due to his permanent life threatening medical condition. After ...

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Michael Chimchak - 3 years old

My name is Angele Jetty, I am the mother of 2 wonderful boys Matthew 5 and Michael 3. Our autism journey begins last fall when Michael was 2 and a half years old and he began to cover his ears all the time when he heard loud noises like the blender or the vacuum. Also every time he learned new words he lost some as well. We brought him in to see the family doctor as we assumed he must have a hearing problem and it was at that appointment that we first heard the word autism. I thought our ...

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Nicholas - 10 years old

When we first heard about the announcement of changes to the Ontario autism program, we were horrified by what it would mean to children on the severe end of the spectrum. Then, we realized just how much of an impact the Ontario autism program had on our own family, school and community. Our son, Nicholas was diagnosed with mild to moderate autism when he was 3 ½ years old. As a young child, his speech was delayed and his behaviour raised red flags. He had frequent meltdowns, causing him to injure himself, and he showed signs ...

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Nicky - 8 years old

I’m a mother of three precious boys. My youngest was born in 2010. He came into this world without tears. He was always different, but I found he changed a lot when he was two. He no longer wanted to go out and be around people, he only wanted to stay home and be with us. He was all of a sudden scared of the outside world. He started spinning. He wasn’t talking, so we brought him to Word Play, and within his first visit, his SLP saw red flags and requested his pediatrician send in a referral to be ...

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Bohdan Pothier - 5 years old

This is Bohdan he is 5. He loves helping his little brother and making people laugh. He is Autistic. Bohdan was diagnosed with severe Autism just after his 4th Birthday. He is not completely verbal and may also have some cognitive delays. We paid $1500 to have Bohdan privately diagnosed as the wait list for diagnosis was over 18 months long at the time. The day he was diagnosed, I contacted Child and Community Resources (CCR) and put him on the wait list for services. Almost 2 years later, Bohdan still has not come up on the wait list and ...

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Dylan - 6 years old

I have waited a long time for Dylan ( who is going to be 7 in a couple weeks ) to even be diagnosed. We waited the full 16 months just to get his diagnosis done. To me that was a long process. Once he finally got it done I found that he was on the moderate side of the spectrum. With that being said school has been nothing but a nightmare before the therapist came into his life. Before they came my life consisted of constant every day pick up from school. Sometimes it would he a phone ...

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Adele Teodori-Turpin - 5 years old

Adele is 5 years old and was diagnosed with autism in June of last year with mild to moderate autism. She is currently on the waiting to receive service fine moter skills since last year.She struggles with holding a pencil and other things along this lines.She also is recieving speech therapy at the moment.I worry that with all that with all these cuts that she will fall behind and not have the help she needs to flourish when she is very capable to be the best she can be.

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Declan - 5 years old

Hello everyone! My name is Deana and this is my son, Declan. Declan was born a vibrant, loving, and energetic little boy. He was attention seeking, he loved to be around people, and smiled every time you called his name. But between the age of 18 and 24 months drastic changes begin to occur. Declan would no longer eat the various foods he had begun to eat. He would no longer look in the direction of someone calling him. He would no longer respond to his name or wish to be engaged in any capacity, ...

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Jayce - 4 years old

This is Jayce, he is 4 years old and recently diagnosed in September as severely autistic, globally delayed, and completely nonverbal. Jayce cannot feed himself properly with a spoon, or even put socks on his feet by himself, he cannot socially interact with other children on a normal level... and that sadly includes his younger siblings. He is JUST starting to understand functional play... I am a mom of 4 children under 4 years old, and me and my partner do the best we can, but there's no way in the entire world could we afford to pay out of ...

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Liam Welch - 6 years old

I am a single mother on Ontario Works. I have in total four children ranging from six to twenty one. When my last child, my son Liam, was born there were subtle hints that all wasn't typical. He had several red flags including a speech delay. He had problems responding to my voice or his name. He spun the tires on his toy cars for long periods, or wanted to taste all the food in my cupboard never really eating anything. He used his hands to communicate often not realizing what he needed. I had to remind him every fifteen ...

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Cameron Dufour - 8 years old

This is our beautiful very low-verbal son Cameron. Cameron had a very rough start overall. Born with several congenital heart defects and undergoing surgeries, he’s a very special boy. Not only was he diagnosed with severe autism at the age of 3 1/2, he also has severe hearing impairment giving him no hearing at all since birth and we did not find out until he was diagnosed at the same time he received the autism diagnosis. We were faced with the difficult decision, whether or not to put him in school full-time or place him in ...

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Anthony - 4 years old

I’m so grateful that Anthony is trying to learn new words. Especially since he looks up at me in anticipation after pointing to these images on his pyjamas, waiting to hear me repeat them: “Downtains”… “Mmmountains”. “Racoo”… “Racoonnn”. “Skuh”… “Squirrellll”. I try to stress the consonants he is struggling with. We’ve waited so patiently to reach this kind of interaction – eye contact, new words, turn taking. Anthony is our 4-year-old, playful, loving, intelligent, little guy. He loves causing trouble with his little brother, going to school, trains, and a million other things. It’s quite amazing to watch him grow up and ...

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Olivia Raso - 5 years old

Her name is Olivia. She is 5 years old and has autism. She has been receiving IBI therapy since she was diagnosed at the age of two." Your daughter is moderate autistic". I already kind of knew she had autism. I educated myself about it, but hearing it from a professional took it to another level. What I didn't know was that we were in for the battle of our lives. There was a wait list for therapy and it was long. So my husband and I decided to hire Behaviour Analysis North, a private service provider while we waited ...

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June and Charles Staddon

We’re the Staddon’s - a family a four from Sudbury. We have two children; June is 4 and Charles (Chaz) is 2. We love getting outdoors, visiting friends/family and paw patrol. Having two young children is a busy and stressful time for any family - and we welcome the chaos and joy. What adds to our stress is the lack of support we receive for the life changing therapy our children need. Both June and Chaz have autism. And both are severely affected. We’ve never been called mom/dad or have been told “I love you”. Our kids don’t play with ...

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Manon Pharand - 5 years old

Ma fille Manon se trouve parmi les 23,000 enfants sur la liste d'attente. My 5 year old daughter Manon is among the 23,000 children on the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) waitlist. Manon was placed on a waitlist to be evaluated for autism on August 20th 2015. She was diagnosed with severe autism and mild global development delay nearly 2 years later on May 15th 2017, just a few months after her 3rd birthday. She was placed on the waitlist to receive Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) and I was told that the waitlist would be approximately 1 year. One year passed by ...

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