IMPORTANT NOTICE – WAITLIST CLOSED FOR BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTION: Due to the large number of clients currently on our waitlist, we regret that we are unable to add new families to our waitlist at this time.  We will be re-examining the situation in the fall of 2017, at which time we will determine if our waitlist will re-open at a later date. 

Please note that the Kickstart Intervention Program is still accepting new families.

Emerging Minds offers a Comprehensive Intervention Program (CIP) and a Parent Partnership Intervention Program(PPIP) for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 12 months to 6 years of age.  Both of our programs are based on the Early Start Denver Model, which is a child-directed play-based behaviour intervention program designed for toddlers and preschool children. Each program is supervised by Dr. Korneluk and individually designed by our treatment team.

In the CIP, your child will receive a minimum of four 3.5 hour shifts per week (14 hours) of one on one therapy with our educator therapists.

In the PPIP, parents act as partners with the Emerging Minds team in providing therapy to their child.  This includes a minimum of two 3.5 hour sessions per week (7 hours) with our educator therapists.  In addition, parents will receive biweekly coaching sessions to teach them how to promote their child’s development outside of the one on one sessions.


Difference between Behaviour Consultation and Behaviour Intervention (CIP and PPIP) at Emerging Minds

Behaviour Consultation: parents meet regularly with Mary Champagne, a behavioural analyst, to receive consultation around strategies to deal with specific behavioural challenges, general suggestions to provide solid applied behavioural principles to facilitate their child’s learning, and support to monitor quality and effectiveness of the implementation of strategies.

Behaviour Intervention: (our Comprehensive Intervention Program and Parent Partnership Intervention Program), an educator therapist works directly with the child and family on an ongoing and intensive basis to provide on-the-spot interventions and teaching.


What is the Early Start Denver Model?

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) was designed by Sally Rogers, PhD., and Geraldine Dawson, PhD., for young children who had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The majority of intensive behaviour intervention plans are designed for school-age children and the requirements were not always appropriate for a child under the age of 6. ESDM has been researched thoroughly and shown to be effective at addressing the developmental challenges associated with autism.

Children are taught age-appropriate communication, skills, behaviours and social interactions through play-based activities. As a simplified example, if an educator therapist were working on communication with a child who loved the swings, she might take him to the park and push him on the swings. After a few swings, she would grab the swing and prompt the child to tell her to “Push” or “Go”, rewarding the child’s effort with more swinging.


Why Choose Emerging Minds?

At Emerging Minds, we work closely with the families to make certain we understand what motivates your child and what your family needs. The therapy coordinator visits the program regularly and there are frequent group meetings to discuss your child’s progress, any concerns the parents may have and set the program goals for the next few months.

We recognize that our work is a partnership between us and the family, all working together to help your child achieve their potential.  We have a wide range of personalities in our educator therapists and will do our best to match personalities and schedule availability with the families. We bring the accumulated expertise of years of working with children with autism and you bring the specialized knowledge of your child and family. Together, we can find a way.


Who to Contact:

Our program director, Eleanor Jean-Louis, at 613-884-7367 or ejeanlouis@emergingminds.ca.