Additional Therapies and Learning Supports

Speech-Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy

Occupational and speech therapists can be hired privately and can be a great support for a child with autism. In addition to helping in their area of expertise, many occupational and speech therapists in Manitoba have had training in RDI, DIR/Floortime, PLAY Project or Hanen, and are happy to support your child using developmental strategies.  You can find a list of Manitoban Occupational Therapists here, and Speech Therapists here.

Music Therapy

The Music Therapy Association of Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and a provincial chapter of the Canadian Association of Music Therapy.  Explore the site to learn the benefits of music therapy, where music therapy services are being provided in Manitoba, how to find a music therapist and much more!

The Rehabilitation Centre for Children has community Preschool Music Therapy groups run throughout the year, at very affordable rates.

The Community School of Music & the Arts at the Canadian Mennonite University offers a preschool music therapy group.

Cafe Music offers music lessons and music therapy for people of all abilities.

Erin Koop (accredited music therapist) has a website with information and links to interesting videos and articles about Music Therapy.

Prelude Music, a studio on Corydon Avenue, offers individual early intervention sessions.

Bang A Beat Family-Centred Therapies offers music therapy in a variety of group and individual formats.

Social Skills

“I Can Pretend”: Drama For Children On The Autism Spectrum

Tuxedo Community Centre, 368 Southport Boulevard, Winnipeg

I Can Pretend! teaches children with autism how to play with peers and form relationships, something that children with ASD typically struggle with. Through drama, younger children learn imaginative play skills and older children hone social skills.

HALE Autism

HALE stands for “Help Autism Live Everywhere,” and this organization offers services for children, youth and young adults in Selkirk and Winnipeg, including:

  • social skills groups
  • LEGO social skills groups
  • tutoring
  • seminars to increase understanding of people with autism

Animal-Supported Learning

Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association (MRDA)

145 Pacific Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6

Phone: (204) 925.5905 

The Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association provides a therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities. Ages 6 to 12.

 Lead Rope to Learning

Phone:  (204) 509-6643
Lead Rope to Learning Facebook page.

Equine Assisted Learning strives to give individuals a tool box of skills to be used in daily life.   Horses are social animals, making them effective teachers of social skills in a structured setting.  The goal is to provide an opportunity for learning to take place in a safe and engaging learning environment.  Exercise outcomes revolve around respect, trust, clear communication, responsibility, teamwork, and cooperation.  The result?  Fun, interactive, and hands on learning!

Service Dogs

A trained service dog can be helpful to children (or adults!) with autism.  Emotional regulation, safety, sleep support, play and interaction, and developing responsibility are all possible benefits. For more information check out these organizations:

MSAR K-9 Program (Manitoba Search and Rescue)

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides