Supporting Families with a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Webinar recording in English for service providers: supporting families with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. (2018)



The webinar provided service providers with insight into understanding, support and referral of children 0-6 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It provided them with practical suggestions in supporting parents who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Elizabeth Mitchell, Family Support Coordinator for Autism Ontario

Elizabeth has worked in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders for more than 30 years. Her career began at Thistletown Regional Centre where she worked as an Instructor Therapist and Classroom Coordinator within an ABA program, within the Parent Relief Program, and with hard to serve adults in their group home. Elizabeth then moved on to Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board where she initially worked as a 1:1 CYW with a student with Autism. She, along with Joan Randall created one of the first Autism Teams in education, which now includes more than 10 members. Elizabeth and her colleagues created the first set of Modules that educated school staff on “What an Autism Spectrum Disorder Is” and the strategies that help support individuals on the spectrum. Elizabeth’s’ career then took her to Geneva, Newfoundland, Quebec and Ontario. Currently, Elizabeth is the Family Support Coordinator for Autism Ontario’s Halton, Peel, Waterloo and Wellington Region, where she if often the first point of contact with families who have just received their diagnosis, and also helps with Social Learning Opportunities, does trainings and builds partnerships within the communities.