Spectrum was founded in 2003 by two parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to fill the void that existed in the Ottawa area for high quality, intensive in-centre services based on the principles of ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis). Spectrum was the first such private centre in the Ottawa area. Both founders are still involved in the ongoing operations of the centre, on a daily basis, and can offer the unique perspective and understanding of the challenges and rewards of being a parent of a child with autism.
In July 2003, Spectrum became licensed under the Day Nurseries Act of Ontario. This generally involves, at a minimum, adopting and adherence to provincially approved policies in all areas involving the children, from behavior management to water testing. In terms of how this affects our operations and staff, we ensure that all staff are aware of, and in compliance with relevant policies and procedures before they begin working with children and that the policies are revisited periodically, as determined by each different policy area.
In 2012, the Ministry of Education ruled that due to the therapeutic nature of our services, we would no longer be required to be licensed as a day care centre. However, as the health and safety of each of our clients and staff is always our number one priority, we voluntarily adhere to many of the Day Nurseries Act’s requirements, including the the health and safety guidelines.
Beyond these minimum requirements, Spectrum prides itself in our comprehensive training program. We ensure that all staff are properly trained and supervised, which results in a high quality of work and more gains for our learners.
In order to maintain the high quality of service and to ensure well-trained staff, Spectrum has grown and taken on more clients, at a moderate pace since 2003. To date, we have worked with over 200 children, of all ages and abilities, both in centre and in homes, in the greater Ottawa area, as well through our outreach services for Kingston, Brockville and surrounding areas.