Services for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The New Brunswick Preschool Autism Program allows preschool children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to access an intensive, evidence-based intervention. This intervention, called Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI), is based on the principles of the science of applied behavioural analysis. The Department provides financial assistance for every preschool child with ASD to access up to 20 hours of EIBI per week through an approved autism agency.
To receive services, a child must be:
• a resident of New Brunswick (including First Nations communities);
• diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder by a physician or psychologist;
• between the ages of 0 and 5 when diagnosed, and not yet entered school.
To enroll in the Preschool Autism Program:
Step 1: The physician or psychologist diagnoses ASD.
Step 2: The physician or psychologist sends a confirmation of the diagnosis to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Step 3: The Department contacts the family to explain the services and, with parental consent, initiates the program enrollment process.
EIBI services are delivered in the most natural environment possible to increase the chances of learning during non-intervention hours. The intervention can take place in one of three locations: at home, in an educational childcare setting, or in limited circumstances, in an autism agency.
The child's intervention is personalized to meet the unique needs of each child and their families. The primary goal of intervention is to identify and reduce a child’s most significant barrier to learning in their natural environment. At the beginning of the intervention, assessments are completed by the agency in order to develop a personalized learning plan. The plan will include a summary of the goals and objectives that will guide the intervention. Plans are revised and updated on an ongoing basis as the child progresses and acquires new skills.
Each Anglophone and Francophone school district in New Brunswick has an approved autism intervention agency. The families receive services in their language of choice.
Services provided by the Preschool Autism Program meet provincial standards with respect to the ratio of supervision, the assessment and follow-up tools, the child’s intervention plan, and mandatory employee training. The standards and tools developed to monitor progress play an important role in the provincial autism training framework.
Children may receive services from the Preschool Autism Program until they begin school. Autism agencies and schools have access to common training and tools and will work together to make the transition to school smooth and effective.
A parent handbook is given to families upon enrollment to explain services and help families achieve best outcomes. Parental engagement is encouraged as it often increases the benefit of the child’s enrollment in the program.
Approved Autism Agencies by School District:
Anglophone School Districts Agency Information
Anglophone School District North Autism Intervention Services : Anglophone North
Anglophone School District South Autism Intervention Services : Anglophone South
Anglophone School District East Autism Intervention Services : Anglophone East
Anglophone School District West Autism Intervention Services : Anglophone West
Francophone School Districts Agency Information
District scolaire francophone Nord-Est Centre d’intervention en autisme : francophone Nord-Est
District scolaire francophone Nord-Ouest Centre d’intervention en autisme : francophone Nord-Ouest
District scolaire francophone Sud Centre d’intervention en autisme : francophone Sud
Additional information is available through our Brochure and Parent Handbook
If you have questions or comments, please contact us at: 1-844-377-3819 or by email at Autism.Autisme@gnb.ca