Information for Parents

This page provides important information for parents of children under age six.

Accessing the RASP List

The Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) list is updated weekly by ACT as new Behavior Consultants, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists are added frequently. ACT manages the RASP on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Family Development which sets the policies for the RASP.

To access the most current list, Search the RASP.

Importance of the RASP

In order to access Autism Funding for children under six to pay professionals, parents MUST employ professionals who are on the RASP.   If a professional provides service before they have been accepted to the RASP, they will not be reimbursed by the Autism Funding Branch. Parents are urged to check the RASP before they assume that a professional is listed.

A Behavioral Plan of Intervention (BPI) is recommended for children under the age of six and is developed by a behavior consultant selected by the parents from the RASP. The BPI is developed by the behavior consultant in collaboration with the child’s parents and other professionals on the team which may include a speech language pathologist, occupational therapist or physical therapist from the RASP, as well as other team members. Having a written treatment plan is an important tool in building a team approach and helps to make sure that service providers are accountable to the goals outlined in the BPI.  Through regular reviews, the BPI measures the child’s progress. This is a document that should always be ‘a work in progress’.  See A Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs [offsite link] for more information on BPIs, including an example.

A Note of Caution for Parents

ACT verifies a professional’s credentials and experience prior to their inclusion on the RASP.  While we continually monitor and update the list, ACT does not endorse the expertise of any of the service providers on the RASP, nor do we take responsibility or guarantee the quality of service they provide.

A professional who is on the RASP has stated that he or she meets the minimum requirements for inclusion on the registry as set out in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Application form.  By placing themselves on the RASP, behavior consultants are formally declaring they are qualified to design, supervise, and oversee the implementation of intensive, comprehensive, effective, and individualized behavioral treatment programs for children under 6 with ASD.

Parents should keep in mind, however, the varied skills and abilities of behavior consultants, in particular. There is no college of behavior consultants in BC so this means they have no professional body to whom they are accountable and which can provide protection for consumers. Autism is a rapidly evolving international field of study, characterized by the ongoing development of new treatments, intervention strategies, and methodologies. See Addressing Concerns: A Note of Caution for Behavior Consultants.

In British Columbia, behavior consultants can differ dramatically in terms of their education, training, experience and fee structure. Some may have little direct experience working with children with ASD. It is important for parents to ask questions about a consultant’s experience and skills (See Tips for Parents and Program Evaluation Check List). We strongly encourage parents to carefully review the qualifications and ask questions of professionals on the RASP whom they may wish to hire.We strongly advise that parents sign a contract that sets out exactly what the consultant will provide, his or her role in the process, expectations, and costs.

Confused? You are welcome to call the ACT office and one of our Information Officers will be pleased to help you. ACT is a not-for-profit society whose staff has extensive experience in supporting families who have children with ASD – several of us are parents ourselves! We can be contacted at 604-205-5467604-205-5467 or toll-free 1-866-939-51881-866-939-5188 or email , 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. At ACT, we speak, in addition to English, Mandarin and Punjabi.

Complaint Process – Concerns About Your RASP Service Provider

If you have concerns about the service provided by a behavior consultant or any other professional on the RASP, please visit the RASP Complaint Process page for more information.

RASP On-Line Profiles for Behavioral Consultants

In order that parents have more information on which to base their selection of a behavior consultant, ACT has developed the RASP profile. The profiles are detailed overviews of a professional’s skills and experience in ASD treatment. These have been completed on a voluntary basis by a growing number of behavior consultants. In cases where a professional has no profile available, parents can use the format to ask questions of consultants.

The profile initiative was made possible with the support of members of the ACT Advisory Council and other professionals. We are especially grateful to behavior consultants from the Family Centred Practices Group and the ABA Learning Centre who helped us to develop and test prototype profiles.  ACT receives funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to allow us to make more profiles available. The process of adding new profiles is on-going.

To view profiles of behavior consultants, scroll down the list and you will see “view profile” beside the names who have submitted profiles. For the most recent additions visit the RASP Profiles page.

Autism Funding Programs – A Guide to Invoice Payment Forms

For more information on Autism Funding Programs in British Columbia see: Treatment Funding in BC.