Step 3: Finding Professionals to Work with Your Family

The Registry of Autism Service Providers

The Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) is designed to ensure that parents of children with autism under six have access to service providers whose education and experience meets basic standards for early intervention. Parents of children six and over do not have to choose professionals from the RASP. However, the information contained here can be useful when making decisions about hiring professional support.

ACT manages the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) following the policies set by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

If the child is under six, the following professionals must be selected from the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) list, in order to use Autism Funding.

Autism Professionals

  • Behavior consultant (BC): Provides expertise in the analysis of challenging behavior and key goal areas; develops a detailed behavior plan of intervention (BPI); trains and supervises relevant team members to implement the BPI.
  • Speech-language pathologist (SLP): Has a role in the assessment and intervention specific to your child’s speech, language and social communication; often works directly with you and your child; may supervise behavior interventionists (BIs).
  • Occupational therapist (OT): Addresses daily living goals, such as feeding, bathing, hygiene and sleep; may provide strategies to prevent reactions to sensory experiences from limiting activities.
  • Physical therapist (PT): Provides services that focus on the prevention, identification and easing of movement challenges.

Behavior Interventionists (BIs) are not on the Registry of Autism Service Providers, but they can invoice the Autism Funding Branch. BIs work one-on-one with your child on goals outlined in the behavior plan of intervention (BPI), developed by professionals on your team. BIs may work in the home, school, or community.

Working with Agencies

p. 8 Traynor and AbbyACT reviews the credentials of individual professionals but not the services of an agency as a whole. ACT recommends that the parents check carefully the professionals associated with an agency:

  • How many of them can work independently of supervision?
  • How closely supervised are consultants and behavior interventionists?
  • How many well-qualified professionals are associated with the agency?
  • If the agency does not have any professionals listed on the RASP, check that they still have staff with at least a Master’s degree to provide supervision to whoever is working with your child.

Be wary of situations where the behavior consultant is not taking an active role in your child’s program but is simply signing the invoices, while allowing an unqualified person to provide service with minimal supervision.