Foundational Family Services

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Foundational Family Services are available to families/caregivers of children and youth who are registered with the Ontario Autism Program.

 At ConnectWell Community Health Carleton Place Site, we have a multidisciplinary team with over 40 years of experience working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We offer a  variety of education opportunities on a wide range of topics for parents/caregivers. Foundational Family Services will provide you with tools and strategies to support your child or youth in the areas of daily routines, toilet training, communication, behaviour and returning to the school environment. Currently, our workshop sessions are taking place virtually using Zoom (PHIPA – Personal Health Information Protection Act approved). Following the workshops, you may have the option to schedule a 1:1 consultation session to discuss your specific goals with one of our experienced and well trained autism services team.

For more information, please call: 

ConnectWell Community Health Carleton Place to speak with Chelsea at  613-257-7121 ext. 3200 or Toll Free (800) 667-2617 ext. 3200

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Virtual Consultation Clinics  

Virtual Consultation Clinics will be offered on the following dates in 2023:
Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 1, Apr 5, Apr 19, May 3, May 17, June 7, June 21, Sept 6, Sept 20, Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Dec 6,  Dec 20

Families can schedule a virtual consultation (up to 1 hour) between 9am – 3pm with one of our team of professionals: ABA/Behaviour
specialist, Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist

This is an individual Zoom appointment that will allow you to discuss a specific skill or area of priority for your child and/or family.

Please have this identified when booking your appointment.

To register please use our online Registration Form or contact Chelsea: 613-257-7121 ext. 3200.

Virtual Psychological Consultation Clinic – Feb. 16th, 2023

Families can schedule a virtual consultation (up to 1 hour) between 9am – 3pm with a Psychologist and a Behavioural Consultant.

This is an individual zoom appointment that will allow you to discuss your questions regarding:

  • Your child’s behavioural needs
  • Psychological testing of children with special needs
  • Your child’s diagnosis (e.g. Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay).

Please have your questions/interests identified when booking your appointment.

NOTE: Neither Psychological assessment nor a diagnosis will be provided during this brief consultation.

To register please use our online Registration Form or contact Chelsea: 613-257-7121 ext. 3200.

Virtual Brief Solution-Focused Counselling Clinics – Select evening appointments available weekly from January – March 2023

It is easy for a caregiver of a special needs child to forget to focus on themselves. This is your opportunity to meet one on one with our Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) Ashley Ross to discuss how you can be best positioned to support yourself and build resilience as a caregiver for your child. The session(s) will focus on helping you achieve a single personal goal through solution-based counselling.

These clinics are open to caregivers of children registered with the OAP, free of charge.

Book up to 3 evening sessions within an 8 week time frame with a Registered Psychotherapist, Ashley Ross.

Spaces are limited!

To register please use our online Registration Form or call 613-257-7121 ext. 3200 ask for Chelsea.

Caregiver Pre-Recorded Workshops – On going/On Demand

Please visit the Pre-Recorded Workshops Page to View and Register for any Pre-Recorded Workshops.

Sibshops – October 6th, November 7th and December 5th


As part of our foundational family services, ConnectWell Autism Service is pleased to be offering Sibshops.

This is a “free” service for families that are registered with the OAP

This program runs the 3rd Wednesday of every month and registration is ongoing.

Sibshops is intended to provide young people that have brothers or sisters with Autism, peer support and information in a lively, recreational setting.

This highly desirable program will be run by trained and certified Sibshop Facilitators. For the adults who run them and for the agencies that sponsor them, Sibshops are evidence of their loving concern for the family member who will have the longest-lasting relationship with a person who has ASD; their Sibling!

For the kids who attend them, Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal events where they will offer:

  • Meeting other sibs (usually for the first time);
  • Fun atmosphere
  • Discussion about having a sib with special needs with others who “get it”;
  • Some great games;
  • Exploring how other brother & sisters handle sticky situations;
  • Learning about the services their brothers and sister receive;
  • Pizza & Drinks!!
  • Have much more …

To register please contact Chelsea Ballinger at or call Phone: 613-257-7121 #3225 or complete the registration form.

For more information, please call: 

ConnectWell Community Health- Carleton Place  613-257-7121  or Toll Free (800) 667-2617 

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