Specialized Services (SS) are funded through Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) (Community and Social Services) to support families of children with severe disabilities including autism.

To access Specialized Services at the Centre, children require a documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or a query of autism and must qualify under FSCD’s criteria.

Specialized Services are available in Edmonton and Calgary

COVID-19 Specialized Services Update

With child, family and staff safety as a priority, Specialized Services continues to be offered during COVID and is available for families who qualify for this service.

In order to be in compliance with COVID related AHS regulations, the Centre has made the following modification to its SS program:

  • Families are now able to choose between virtual or in-person visits (or combination)
  • All staff are trained in appropriate use of PPE, physical distancing, and other COVID-related safety measures
  • Mandatory daily COVID screening for all families receiving any in-person services (center or home-based)
  • Mandatory daily COVID screening for all staff providing any in-person services or coming into the Centre
  • Prohibition on any type of in-person service delivery if a staff or family member does not pass the COVID screener
  • Mandatory masking when at the Centre or in a home-based situation where staff or family members are within 6 feet of each other (masking is optional for children and is a family decision)
  • Access to the Centre by appointment only
  • The majority of staff are working from home to limit peer-to-peer and family-to-family exposure

For virtual visits, the Centre is able to offer secure and encrypted video conferencing solutions along with traditional phone and email support. This is the safest option and is strongly encouraged whenever possible. The majority of SS families are currently receiving some portion of their services via secure video link.

For in-person visits, Centre staff have been trained on wide range of safety protocols including PPE, physical distancing measures, sanitation procedures, and screening measures. An orientation is provided for any families that request in-person services before in-person services begin (SLP, OT, or Behavior Consultation & Interventionist Sessions) to ensure everyone understands and agrees to these expectations.

These rules are subject to change based on direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta, Dr. Hinshaw. Your patience and understanding is deeply appreciated.

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