Toronto, ON – June 27th, 2021 – SAAAC Autism Centre and AlphaBee are pleased to announce that they have been selected by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to deliver Caregiver-mediated early years programs in Toronto, York, Peel, Halton, and Hamilton. This new program offering under the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) will aid children in communication, socialization, and play, while also offering caregivers specific strategies to support their child’s development.

The partnership of SAAAC and AlphaBee will offer JASPER as its caregiver-mediated early years intervention. The program is aimed at children aged between 2 to 48 months (4 years) and is designed to help caregivers develop targeted skills in the areas of social engagement, behavior regulation, and verbal communication.

Geetha Moorthy, Executive Director of SAAAC, expressed excitement about the partnership with AlphaBee, stating, “We believe our collective expertise and passion, in tandem with the evidence-based methods of the JASPER intervention, will help children and caregivers alike.”

Families who are eligible for this program will be contacted by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services in the coming weeks, after which they can contact the SAAAC + AlphaBee partnership to learn more about the registration process and details about the JASPER intervention.

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