About ADAPT

ADAPT Manitoba (Association for Developmental Autism Programs and Therapies) was formed in 2012 by a group of parents and professionals who supported developmental therapies for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  No two children or families have the same needs, and we still think that there should be a range of options for therapy support for all children with autism.  We believe that parents deserve to receive sufficient support and training, so they can make informed decisions regarding the best approach for encouraging the growth and development of their children.

Both research and experience support the effectiveness of relationship-based, developmental approaches to parenting and therapy.  In Manitoba, developmental therapies include: Developmental Individual Differences® (DIR/Floortime), Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI), and Hanen ® .

It remains our intent to raise community awareness of the value of developmental therapies, to become a source of information and support for parents interested in learning about, and accessing, these supports, and to make sure policy-makers and resource providers know that there is a community of parents who choose to guide their parents using these strategies and need access to related supports.

Our Goals:

Family Support:

  • To provide parents with information about relationship-based, developmental programs and therapies, led by trained and certified consultants, for children diagnosed with autism
  • To provide information about community services that support the development of children on the autism spectrum and their families
  • To create opportunities for parents of children diagnosed with autism to connect for mutual support

Community Awareness:

  • To promote general awareness of the available programs, benefits and research support for relationship-based, developmental programs and therapies
  • To provide information for educators about effective developmental resources for children on the autism spectrum
  • To share information about capacity-building training opportunities

Advocacy:

  • To advocate for equitable funding for relationship-based, developmental programs and therapies
  • To support and promote the expansion of Autism Outreach, Relate, and similar programs, and promote their expansion throughout the school years
  • To support training opportunities for professionals to build and expand on clinical expertise in developmental therapies.

At the moment, our main endeavour is to maintain this website as a source of information for parents and other people interested in the well-being and growth of children with autism. We welcome the contribution of others who share the above goals. You can contact us at info@adaptmanitoba.ca.