After finding out about the new initiative and funding in BC I am compelled to break my hiatus from updating my site.
I have been in private practice for a while now, working with hundreds of families and two of the largest complaints of Quebecer’s with a child on the spectrum is:
1. Long waiting lists for publicly funded treatments.
2. Treatments are limited and chosen by the government.
Most of the families I have worked with do not want to go the traditional route, preferring instead to invest into more options for services not currently made available through the government. Parents do not always want to send their child to professionals.
What they do want is to be empowered to make the best decisions for their child and family. They want the government’s help in better understanding their child and how they as the parent can improve their situation.
With the announcement on Monday that the B.C. government has allocated 3 million to fund a new initiative on parent coaching intervention, parents who want to do RDI will not only get funding for it but more importantly, the importance of Parent Coaching Interventions is shown to be of value.
Unfortunately Autism is still on the rise, however, this news from BC shows that people are starting to see the connection between parent child relationships and brain development. Lets take some cues form BC and start moving this way here in Quebec.