Launch of the QuickStart Program in Halifax

I was happy to attend an announcement this morning made by Minister Randy Delorey at Autism Nova Scotia’s Bedford location to launch the QuickStart Program, which is being piloted in Halifax.

The province is investing $2 million in this project over the next four years.

Cynthia Carroll, executive director of Autism Nova Scotia, says the program is a one-on-one parent-coaching program, and allows the earliest intervention point possible. In addition, it will help to develop a child’s social and communication skills.

Families will meet with analysts and specialists, and work with referrals from daycare’s the children attend.

The program’s main objective is to help address a crucial service gap in our Province, and to allow parents to get involved in their child’s growth and development. It is based off of the QuickStart Early Intervention Program in Ottawa in partnership with Emerging Minds.

There are currently 25 families registered, though the team hopes to see as many families as they can in the coming years.

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