Board of Directors
President: Karen Macklon
Vice President: Katie Swales
Secretary: Colleen Madore
Treasurer: Amanda Bourque
Kristine Carruthers, William Nelson, Stacey MacDiarmid, and Dianna Symanski
Autism Yukon Staff
Interim Executive Director: Rebecca Fenton
AIDE Hub Coordinator and Family Navigator: Courtney Macleod
Communications Lead: Megan Hoegler
Sensory Room and Project Lifesaver Coordinator: Carlie Graef
Administrative Assistant: Sarah Macklon
Project Coordinator/CST Coordinator: Rebecca Fenton
PEERS Coordinator: Karen Rach, SLP
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects how the brain develops and leads to developmental disability. It is called a spectrum disorder because there is a wide range of symptoms and degrees of severity.
If you suspect your child may have ASD, or any other developmental delay and/or learning disability, they should be assessed by a professional.
The first step is to see a primary care physician to voice your concerns. If your physician suspects ASD, your child will have the option to see a diagnostic team. To diagnose ASD, several health professionals are needed. It can be a lengthy process but is important to ensure your child receives the correct diagnosis and accurate recommendations for therapy options.
Services available for children with autism spectrum disorder include therapies such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social and play therapy, counselling and psychological therapy. These supports are available through the Child Development Centre and Disability Services.
Adult diagnosis is done privately through a psychologist. These services are not covered under the Yukon Health Insurance Plan but may be funded partially or fully through private insurance. This is fully dependent on your provider and individual plan.
Your child may require extra support in the classroom. Your child can receive support through an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or you can speak directly to your child's teacher or the Department of Education's Student Support Services for more specialized supports.
If you and/or your loved one needs support for a developmental and/or learning disability that is different from ASD, Autism Yukon is happy to provide you with resources, tools and advocacy to get you the support that you need.
Please call us at (867) 667-6406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org