Caregiver-mediated Early Years Programs

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Caregiver-mediated Early Years Programs

Kinark Autism Services is pleased to be delivering Caregiver-mediated Early Years Programs through the York Simcoe Autism Network (YSAN)

Caregiver-mediated Early Years (CMEY) Programs offered through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) support families with young children ages 12 months to 48 months (4 years). These programs help young children learn new skills and meet individualized goals.

To access CMEY services, families must be invited to participate in a caregiver mediated early years programs. To receive an invitation, children must be registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).  To register your child with the OAP click here.

Through the CMEY programs, parents and caregivers learn therapeutic strategies and specific techniques from professionals based on their child’s individual needs. The programs aim to build parents’ and caregivers’ capacity to support their child’s skill development in:

  • social interaction
  • play
  • communication
  • emotional development
  • adaptive development and self-help skills

Services include PLAY Project, Pivotal Response Treatment, and Social ABCs. The programs are play-based, child-led and developmentally appropriate. Programs are free of charge and available for up to six months per child. For more information about the OAP and the caregiver-mediated early years programs, you can visit the government’s website here.

Kinark is now delivering Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) in York Region and Simcoe County.

Pivotal Response Treatment

If you have received an invitation from the OAP to participate in the caregiver-mediated early years program and would like to register, contact YSAN by email at or call 1-866-377-0286. To learn more about the network and available services visit the YSAN website.

Who is eligible for the CMEY program? 

Children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), have registered with the OAP, and are aged 12 to 48 months (4 years) at the start of intervention. Children must be registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).  To register your child with the OAP, click here.

About YSAN

The York Simcoe Autism Network (YSAN) is a group of organizations providing autism services within York Region and Simcoe County committed to working together to provide accessible, high-quality services that result in improved outcomes for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. To learn more about YSAN, visit their website here.


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