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Support ServicesAdolescent Services (Ages 13 to 21)

Our team are called upon to support and assist many adolescents with autism and/or other developmental exceptionalities in a variety of current living arrangements:

  • Home-based: supporting children living in a home with a family member, caregiver or foster care provider.
  • Residential: supporting children living in residential facilities accommodating individuals receiving care and support often 24 hours a day.
  • Acute Hospital Care: supporting short term inpatients (with direction from hospital)
  • Educational: supporting children at school and in other educational facilities (with direction by educational staff)
  • Supervised Access: providing support during supervised access as directed by a court or agency order.
  • Assessment and Receiving Homes: providing support to youths during the assessment process or in the initial transitional period when transferring to new living arrangements.
  • Transitional Living Homes: providing support to prepare individuals for independent living.
  • Supported Living: assisting individuals living in their own apartment or house but requiring regular external support services.

In any of the living arrangements listed above, wm+a associates may work with the individual, their family or caregivers, educational staff, and other contributing professional staff in delivering existing individualized programs to help improve daily living skills, social planning, educational goals or other life skills goals. Some individuals will require ongoing training, guidance and support with self-care and self-help activities such as bathing, toileting, grooming, and dressing. During social planning activities, the associates support individuals as active participants in all areas of community life including social and recreational activities. This focus on planning and effective skill building is essential to building relationships enabling individuals to succeed in integrating into the local community and where possible working towards independent living.

wm+a services are completely flexible to accommodate every situation — providing immediate or emergency scheduling and service co-ordination, or long term planned support. In a crisis situation, wm+a associates can provide support and care until an appropriate assessment is completed, continuing if required during initial treatment and working closely with all involved to implement an effective exit plan.

Sibling Supports

Often when a family needs to focus on one child, siblings require some specialized support and care. wm+a associates can assist in such circumstances to support siblings while the family is occupied.