Certified Developmental Therapists
In addition to the Relate program, RDI is available through private therapy in Winnipeg.
For more information:
- Roseanne Papadopoulos is an occupational therapist offering RDI.
- The RDI Connect website includes a list of therapists by region.
Leanne Howlett is a certified DIR/Floortime therapist who works at the privately-owned Autism Learning Centre in Winnipeg.
Some DIR therapists are willing to work with families over distances through Skype and email. Autism DATA hosts a list of certified practitioners in Canada who offer online consulting services.
Speech and Occupational Therapy
Occupational and speech therapists can be hired privately and can be a great support for a child with autism. Many occupational and speech therapists in Manitoba have had some training in RDI, DIR/Floortime, PLAY Project or Hanen, and are happy to support your child using developmental strategies. You can certainly ask before you start working with a therapist if they have any qualifications or experience. You can find a list of Manitoban Occupational Therapists here, and Speech Therapists here.
- Offered by Stéphanie Harvey at Speechworks in Winnipeg, Connect and Communicate groups target skills that help children, teens, and young adults to talk and listen, and to get along with family and friends. They help children and teens with autism and related social language difficulties. (No diagnosis is required.)
Some families have seen excellent growth in their children with the help of a good preschool. There are several Montessori schools in Winnipeg. While teachers may not be certified in autism specific therapies, one of the central ideas of Montessori is to follow a child’s lead to support learning based on their interests.