The first resource that I would like to discuss would be the Aspergers Society of Ontario. The ASO is a non-profit organization that was created by parents of children with Aspergers Spectrum Disorder and concerned professionals in 2000. The ASO is the only agency in Ontario that is devoted to serving those with Aspergers Syndrome, their families and other interested individuals.
The ASO provides educational information and support to the individual with the mental disorder, their families, educators and mental health professionals, and the community to allow the individual to realize their full potential.
If a Child Youth Worker has never worked with an individual with Aspergers then this will allow them to expand on their expertise of mental disorders and learn the specific type of autism and better understand the individual. If the individual would like out of school support the ASO would be beneficial for the CYW to provide that support. The ASO can be contacted through email or phone and will respond within 24 hours so that the individual and Child Youth Worker can have support and information immediately.
The ASO provides a service that can be beneficial for the support systems being a Child Youth Worker. The Aspergers Syndrome Info Line is provided by email or phone which provides guidance on resources and services throughout the province. This will be beneficial for a CYW because it will allow them to receive information on the mental disorder and have any questioned that they may have answered.
The second resource that I would like to discuss would be the Toronto Partnership of Autism Services (TPAS). The TPAS is a community based service that helps children with autism, and their families through Intensive Behavioural Intervention or IBI.
The Toronto Partnership for Autism Services provide five agencies that work in partnership in out local community. The agencies include:
• Surrey Place Centre (Lead Agency for the Toronto region)
• Adventure Place
• Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Care
• The Etobicoke Children’s Centre
• Geneva Centre for Autism.
The TPAS is very beneficial for individuals with Aspergers because it allows them to improve their behaviour and...