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KickStart Intervention Program: A Collaborative Program between QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism and Emerging Minds

QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism (QuickStart Autism) is a Canadian Registered Charity who funds the KickStart Intervention Program (KickStart) and Emerging Minds is the private service care provider who delivers the KickStart program.

The KickStart program is a one-on-one parent-coaching program with the parent(s) and the child.

When a family qualifies for KickStart, they receive individualized weekly sessions with: an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and an educator therapist.  Most appointments will be with one therapist only.

To be eligible for the KickStart:

  • Your child must be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder*
  • Your child must be 24 months of age or under.
  • At least one parent must be able to attend and participate with their child at each appointment.  The appointments are held weekly during weekday working hours, and are between 1 and 1.5 hours.  The appointments must be attended, without interruption, for the full four-month period.
  • The child must not be receiving more than 10 hours per week of other autism-related interventions such as speech therapy, etc.
  • Parents must commit to applying the treatment strategies that they have learned at a rate of at least 2 hours per day.
  • Parents must be able and willing to complete an intervention log of their practice sessions with the child.

*If your child does not have an autism diagnosis and you suspect autism, please contact QuickStart Autism at 613-791-3757 or info@quickstartautism.ca for information about diagnostic services in Ottawa.

If you feel you qualify for the KickStart program, please contact Suzanne at QuickStart Autism at info@quickstartautism.ca or by phone at 613-791-3757 for more information.

If you have already been accepted into the KickStart Intervention Program and have any questions, please contact Debbie Ladisa at 613-728-3808.

You can help.  Our KickStart program is offered at no cost to the family.  This doesn't mean it 'free'.  To do this, we rely on donors, grants and community support.  We receive no government funding.  Please help the children continue to reach their full potential by donating today.  To donate click here.

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"It's almost like he's opening his eyes to the world for the first time," said O'Reilly. "He's able to engage. He's able to play with toys. He's more aware of his environment and his surroundings. It's beautiful to be able to see him." Connor and his Mom 

Catherine

"We are a family in Ottawa who have 2 boys under the age of four with ASD. They were fortunate enough to be able to go through QuickStart's Kickstart Program which has made a huge positive impact on all of our lives. 
 
Early intervention is so important, and as many parents of children with ASD know, there aren't very many options out there. Most options include an incredibly long wait list, or the parents have to pay for private therapy which would cost thousands of dollars.
 
Within 2 months of diagnosing both of our sons with ASD, QuickStart had them in an early intervention program called KickStart that included Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and a Parent Coach. This was at absolutely no cost to us and it provided our children with therapy that has helped them to learn new skills and has taught us to follow through on the therapy at home through parent coaching. There isn't anything out there like this. My youngest son, who is 20 months old, was not speaking at all when he started the program, within 3 months, he now has more than 25 words and is starting to put 2 words together. The parent coach also gave me the tools to prepare my eldest son for JK in September. We continue to implement socialization and imagination skills that we were coached on during the Kickstart program. 
 
We are incredibly grateful to QuickStart and to the charities that support this amazing early intervention program. We cannot express in words how much this has changed our lives! Thank you!"  Catherine & Derek

 

Our sincere thanks to all our donors.  

Special thanks to Unity for Autism for providing a generous grant to cover the cost of the diagnostic assessment for 36 children!   

Our thanks also to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and Autism Speaks Canada, for their generous support of KickStart, allowing even more children to participate in our program!

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