What We Do:

A new way to help families

With the province’s move toward a more market-based system for service delivery, Pathways is excited to respond to requests from families for more access to therapy services through a Purchased Service model.

What changed?

In December 2019, aligned with the recommendations of the Autism Advisory Panel, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) announced a new needs-based, sustainable and family-centred program called the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). This change in direction included providing funding directly to families, who are enrolled in OAP, to purchase therapy services.

We also recognized that children without a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder may wish to purchase additional therapy services, so Purchased Services is available to any child/youth regardless of diagnosis.

Who We Are:

Pathways Speech-Language Pathologists use evidence-based practices to build communication skills in fun, naturalistic settings. The following developmental needs may be addressed: social skills, talking, listening, speech production, fluency, and literacy.

Pathways Occupational Therapists use evidence-based practices to build everyday skills in fun, naturalistic settings. The following developmental needs may be addressed: self-care, planning and organizing, writing, fine motor development, playing, sensory and visual perception.

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Who We Serve:

Children and youth newborn to end of highschool age requiring Occupational Therapy and/or Speech-Language Pathology supports.

What We Provide:

We are excited to be expanding our current Purchased Services offerings to include:

  • Speech-Language Pathology Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services

Your Therapist is part of your team and will work together with you and your child to create a Care plan with achievable goals that fits your schedule and builds on your child’s confidence, strengths and abilities.

Pathways wants to be your provider of choice and because of our long history of working with families, we know that every child is unique – and there is no one-size-fits-all plan!

What To Expect:

Does this effect the publicly-funded therapy services my child may be eligible for?

Families purchasing therapy services will continue to have access to the publicly funded therapy services for which they meet eligibility requirements.

Pathways will continue to provide our current therapy services in addition to Purchased Services to our community without interruption.

Families do not need to participate in purchased services unless they choose to.

PURCHASED SERVICES CAREGIVER GUIDE
PURCHASED SERVICES CAREGIVER GUIDE

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How To Register:

To get started, please call Pathways Health Centre for Children at (519) 542-3471 ext. 1278. The team will help you understand your options.