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

Source: 
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

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.

ABA therapy helps people with autism develop new life skills, communications skills and social skills. By improving oversight of ABA clinicians, the government is taking further action to improve outcomes for children and youth with autism and others receiving this type of therapy. Helping to ensure quality care from autism providers is part of Ontario's plan to help as many families as possible through redeveloping the Ontario Autism Program.

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will begin consultations with key stakeholders to seek feedback on the oversight framework.

Oversight and regulation of ABA behavioural clinicians will result in:

  • Consistency in ethics and professional standards to promote a higher level of trust between families and practitioners.
  • Clearly defined educational and ongoing quality assurance requirements for clinicians to improve consistency in treatment.
  • A mechanism for families to report complaints about providers to reduce the risk of harm.