Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions.

I am concerned about my child’s development; who do I speak to about diagnosis?

Family physicians, paediatricians, and psychologists can diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder. You can also discuss your concerns with employees of the TALK WITH Program.

Should I wait to see if my child will improve on its own?

The best practices in Autism Spectrum Disorder highlight the importance of early intervention. Do not wait. You should consult with a healthcare professional if you have concerns.

What are the costs associated with this program?

The family does not have to financially contribute to this program as the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development fund the program.

How many hours per week are provided?

A child referred to Autism Intervention Services can receive up to 20 hours per week of intervention.

Where is the intervention provided?

The intervention is provided in the most natural environment possible. We can work in child’s home, childcare facilities or, as a last resource, in one of our regional offices.

Who is eligible?

The child must:
Be five years or younger as of Dec. 31 of the current application year; not be attending school;
Be diagnosed with ASD. Diagnosis must be made by one of the following: pediatrician, physician, pediatric neurologist, psychologist or psychiatrist; and
Be a full-time resident of New Brunswick.

My child was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. What should I expect?

A confirmation of diagnosis form will be sent to the Department of Education and Early Childhood by your physician or psychologist. An employee from the Department of Education and Early Childhood will contact you to sign documents. Once the documents are signed, the information on your child will be sent to Autism Intervention Services. Should you need to contact the Department of Education and Early Childhood, please call 1 855 453 2950