SAAAC and AlphaBee to Deliver JASPER Program

TORONTO, ON – (June 27th, 2021) The partnership between the SAAAC Autism Centre and AlphaBee was recently awarded the opportunity by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to deliver Caregiver-mediated early years programs in Toronto, York, Peel, Halton, and Hamilton. Read the full announcement here.

The Caregiver-mediated early years programs are new program offerings through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). These programs help children in the areas of communication, socialization, and play, while also coaching caregivers about specific strategies to support their child’s development.

The partnership of SAAAC and AlphaBee will offer JASPER as its sole caregiver-mediated early years intervention. JASPER ( Joint attention, symbolic play, engagement and regulation) is targeted for children 2 to 48 months (4 years). Through JASPER, caregivers will help their children develop targeted skills in the areas of social engagement; behaviour regulation; and verbal communication.

Dad holding his daughter on his shoulders

“We are incredibly excited to work alongside AlphaBee in delivering this critical service to families with young children,” says Executive Director of SAAAC, Geetha Moorthy. “We believe our collective expertise and passion, in tandem with the evidence-based methods of the JASPER intervention, will help children and caregivers alike”

In the coming weeks, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services will contact families to communicate eligibility. Once families receive these communications, they can contact the SAAAC + AlphaBee partnership to learn more about the registration process and details about the JASPER intervention.


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