The Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism provides services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With the support of parents and caregivers, we work to empower each individual to achieve their social, emotional, academic and vocational goals.
School Based (5-12 years)
The school based program is designed to meet the needs of children, between the ages of 5 to 12 years, who have been diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children attend the Centre in place of attending their home-school, or they attend the Centre part-time during the week with remainder of the week being spent in their home school. The goal for all children is to prepare them for an integrated classroom setting in their neighbourhood school.
The Centre is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, September to June. We work closely in co-operation with the child’s home school, parents and other caregivers who wish to enroll their child in our program. Children must be registered with School District #73 or a private school which has a purchase of service agreement with Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism Society.
Enrollment: All school age children registered through School District #73 are assessed by the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism staff and then screened by a School District Screening Committee prior to their placement in our program. Children working on a one-to-one or one-to-two basis receive instruction in life skills, play, social integration, pre-academic and academic training in additional to other therapies.
We also provide parent education for all parents and caregivers who have a child registered in our program. A close liaison is maintained between the child’s integrated school placement and Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism Society.
Extended Program (6–18 years)
This program is for children aged 6 to 18 who meet the criteria for funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development through the Autism Funding Program.
It provides intensive, goal-oriented intervention services in an environment outside the child’s educational program.
An individualized program is created to match the child’s developmental level and learning strengths and areas of concerns. Services may include occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, social group sessions, community outings, one-to-one intervention sessions.
To register for this program, please contact the Centre. Registration occurs all year round.
Summer Program (5 – 18 years)
This is a recreational based program for children with autism. The program is offered to children 5 to 18 years of age. Each week, small groups will be determined based on child’s age, common goal areas and required staffing ratio. The staff is experienced in working with children with autism.
Language, social, sensory and behavioural issues will be considered when developing the program. Activities include hiking, swimming, day trips, crafts, and cooking. Language and behavioural issues are addressed.
The summer program will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., four days a week for seven weeks. There is a cost for the summer program and autism funding can be used for this camp.
Registration begins once the letter has been received from the ministry and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Due to the limited number of spots, each child can attend up to three weeks initially. If there are additional spots available, children can be eligible for additional weeks.
Community Inclusion Services for Adults with ASD (19 years and up)
This service is designed to meet the needs of individuals with ASD that are 19 years of age or older and clients of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC). Each person receives an individualized service based on the goals and objectives set out by the individual and his or her support network.
Community inclusion services include employment, skill development, and community-based as well as home-based inclusion. The hours for service will be determined by the Service Terms and Conditions for each contract. The hours will depend on the services provided and the goals of the service.
Donations made to the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism Society go to support our programs and the children and adults we help. Not only that, but it helps the family.