We are pleased to report that we are now offering 2 summer camps for ages 2-8, one focused on building social and play skills with some academic focus, and one specifically on school readiness and academic skills. The camps will be held in Sky’s the limit Montessori in Birds Hill (East St. Paul) and geared towards children with social-emotional difficulties, autism, adhd, and related areas. More information can be found on the summer camps page @ www.wirthbehaviouralhealth.com/summer-camps
Early identification and parent intervention supports while waiting for autism diagnosis
We are very excited to announce that parents who have concerns about the development of their children can get access to early autism screening and parent training intervention for their children while waiting for diagnosis. The Winnipeg Foundation has provided funding to Manitoba Families for Effective Autism Treatment (MFEAT) and project manager Dr. Kirsten Wirth, C.Psych., BCBA-D from Wirth Behavioural Health Services to start providing this service to parents immediately.
New research supports that parents often have accurate concerns about their child’s development around 6-12 months, long before receiving a referral for autism diagnosis (Sacrey, Zwaigenbaum, Bryson, Brian, Smith, Robers, Szatmari, Roncadin, et al., 2015). Anagnostou et al. (2014) indicates that in Canada autism continues to be under-diagnosed and the average age of diagnosis is around four years old. This is particularly harmful to a child’s development, as research shows that the earlier a child receives intervention the better the outcome.
If referral for diagnosis is delayed, diagnosis is delayed, and access to intervention is delayed or worse – prevented. In Manitoba children will aged-out of eligibility for critical services after sitting on extensive waitlists if they turn 5, or will be ineligible due to receiving an even later diagnosis. Therefore, early identification and behavioural intervention is critical to children with autism, and treatment outcomes will reduce autism symptoms as well as decrease long term costs to families and funders (Anagnostou et al., 2014; Peters-Scheffer et al., 2012). This project should help parents to achieve early access to diagnosis and treatment, as well as some intervention using applied behaviour analysis (ABA) while they are waiting.
Parents can access the service by contacting Wirth Behavioural Health Services @ 204-807-6779, emailing Dr. Wirth at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the contact page on http://www.wirthbehaviouralhealth.com. This project is expected to run for at least one year.
Check out this article by Sheldon Birnie in this week’s Herald talking about Wirth Behavioural Health Services and our parenting seminars at Bronx Park Community Centre! http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/herald/Going-by-the-evidence-304623551.html
If you didn’t get a chance to hear Dr. Wirth on CJOB April 27th talking with Charles Adler about the importance of early identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, you can listen on CJOB’s soundcloud @ https://soundcloud.com/thecharlesadlershow/groundbreaking-research-into
From autism to toilet training to managing your child’s behaviour, we are now providing seminars to parents! Check out our Events page for a listing of upcoming seminars and registration information.
Wirth Behavioural Health Services is now accepting clients who would like to receive psychological treatment using applied behaviour analysis. Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) is an approach within psychology that systematically uses the principles of learning to change socially significant behaviours.
We are available to provide consultation and workshops upon request in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Please click on “services” to see a list of possibilities.