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Interior BC Autism Resources

January 23rd, 2022

Lisa Watson

For For Autistic Adults; Caregivers; Educators; Autism Community

The following list is a guide to Interior Autism resources. We have it divided into sections so you can use the ones that best suit your current needs, or you can reach out to Lisa directly at [email protected]

AutismBC is a provincial organization with four regions: Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior, and Northern. Each region has its own Regional Coordinator to help local residents navigate the autism services in their area. Lisa Watson is our Regional Coordinator for the Interior. The following list is a guide to Interior autism resources. 

Please note that not all individual SLPs, OTs, Physiotherapists and Behaviour Consultants are on this list.  You can find a more comprehensive listing on the RASP List  (Registry of Autism Service Providers)

NFP/Charity Organizations 

Adaptive Sailing Kelowna 

Autism BC  

Autism Okanagan 

BC Adaptive Snowsports Province Wide 

Canucks Autism Network — Lower Mainland, Kelowna, Kamloops 

Caryn Richardson — Behaviour Consultant — Kelowna  

Central Okanagan Foster Parents Association — Kelowna 

Children & Youth with Support Needs (CYSN)Province Wide 

Chris Rose Centre – Kamloops 

Cool ArtsKelowna 

CRIS Adaptive Adventures — Kelowna, Vernon  

D & L Consulting — Kelowna 

Family Suppport InstituteProvince Wide 

Interior Health Children’s Assessment Network  

Kootenay Family Place Castlegar 

Kootenay Kids — Nelson 

North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society  Vernon 

Okanagan Boys & Girls Club  Kelowna, Vernon 

Okanagan Child & Youth Development Centre  Penticton 

Pacific Autism Family Network  Kelowna 

People in Motion  Kamloops 

People in Motion Kelowna 

Plan Okanagan  

Special Olympics BC  Kelowna 

Special Olympics  Castlegar 

The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society  Kelowna 

Together Behaviour Consulting Marie Sleboda — Kelowna 

Young Life Capernaum — Kelowna 

 

 

 
Contracted/For-profit Services 

Access Autism (RDI) — Okanagan 

Access Human Resources  Kelowna 

Anderson Behaviour Consulting  Kamloops 

Anyshia Ballantyne — Behaviour Consultant – Kelowna  

Arc Programs Ltd  Kelowna & Penticton & Kootenays 

Amy Staheli – Certified Child Life Specialist (Play Therapy)

Ashley Reina OT Services Vernon & Kelowna  

Barb’s Place for Autism Services — Penticton 

Branch Out Learning Therapy  Fernie & Cranbrook 

Breaking Trail OT  Kelowna & Vernon 

Carson Therapy — Vernon 

Colourful Kids OT — Vernon 

Communicare Speech Therapy — Kelowna 

Connect Autism Kelowna  

Creative Therapy Consultants — Penticton 

Fueling with Food Nutrition Services – Kelowna

Healthy Essentials Clinic — Lake Country 

Horizon Kids  Kamloops 

Insight Support Services Kamloops 

JP Therapy  OT – Kelowna 

J Schwartz Art Therapy — Nakusp 

Kamloops Autism Program Kamloops — under 6 years 

Kettle Valley Kids OTKelowna 

Kids Creative Therapy  Penticton 

Kids Physio Group  Kelowna 

Lindsay Milnes Behaviour Consultant – Lake Country, surrounding areas 

Meridian Rehab  Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Kamloops 

Movin’ Mountains Therapy Services — Trail 

Nauticus Aquatics  Kamloops 

New Heights Autism Support Society  Kamloops 

New Horizons Professional Support Services  Kamloops 

Next Step Counselling Group  Kelowna 

North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA) — Vernon 

Oak Learning Centre — Kelowna & Vernon 

Okanagan Ability Centre  Kelowna 

Okanagan Centre for Autism Intervention (OCAI) — Okanagan & Kootenays 

Okanagan SLP  Sarah Dhooge – Kelowna 

Okanagan Therapy 4 Kids — OT & SLP – Kelowna  

Okanagan Word Play — Claire Wylie – SLP – Kelowna 

WordPlay SLP Services – Penticton

Pam Nease Sleep  Interior 

Penticton Excel (Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning)  

Penticton Pediatric Therapy — Penticton 

Pivot Point  Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops 

Play Connexions  Penticton 

Prism Consulting – Teresa Peters – Kelowna  

Reach the Peak  Kelowna 

Rocky Mountain Behaviour Analysts  Cranbrook  

Sharkey Support Services  Kamloops 

Sky High Professional Group — Vernon 

Social Butterflies Activities & Learning Ltd.  — Kamloops 

Stepping Stones Okanagan — Kelowna & Penticton 

Tanya Foster — OT – Kelowna and Vernon  

Together Behaviour Consulting, Marie Sleboda – Okanagan Valley + French Speaking Services 

Therapy 4 Kids Okanagan  

Therapy WorksKamloops 

Thompson Valley Kids — Kamloops  

Unique Excellence Services — Revelstoke – Adults and Families only

Wendy Groiss RDI Consultant — Kelowna  

Youth Behavioural Adaptation Services — West Kootenays and virtually province wide 

 

 
Mental Health 

ARP Psychology – Anjee Roth-Peters — Kelowna 

Bee Happy Family Wellness ServicesKamloops 

Calder Counselling  Osoyoos 

Children & Youth Mental Health  Province Wide  

Dawn Clarke Counselling  Kelowna 

Dr. Jodi Morris  Kelowna 

Dr. Kate Aubrey — Kelowna  

Healthy Essentials Clinic — Lake Country 

Interactive Counselling — Kelowna 

Jodi Krahn — Armstrong 

Kelowna Counselling Services  Kelowna 

Kelowna Psychologists Group — Kelowna 

Leora Splett — Kelowna  

Mountain Ridge Psychology Trail  

Movin’ Mountains Therapy Services — Trail 

Next Step Counselling Group Kelowna 

Oak Learning Centre Kelowna, Vernon 

Rachael Passemko Therapy Kamloops 

Safe and Sound CounsellingKelowna 

Sky High Professional Group — Vernon 

Stepping Stones Okanagan — Kelowna 

The Foundry Kelowna 

The Foundry Penticton   

Thompson Valley Kids — Kamloops 

Three Sisters Clinical Counselling Kelowna & Vancouver 

Town and Country Counselling — Salmon Arm 

Want more information about mental health resources, check out our Mental Health Resources blog.  

 

Education & Tutoring 

Banyon Tree Tutoring — Kamloops 

Branch Out Learning Therapy Fernie & Cranbrook 

Claro Kelowna 

Class of West K — West Kelowna 

Connect to Learn West Kelowna  

Mind Over Learning Kelowna 

Oak Learning Centre Kelowna, Vernon 

Penticton Excel (Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning)  

Pivot Point Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops 

Potentials Learning Centre Vernon 

Progressive Education Solutions Kelowna  

Study Spot Okanagan 

Thompson Valley Kids — Kamloops 

Vista Academy — Kelowna  

 
Education Blogs from our Website: 

Theme Resource: Distributed Learning, Online Learning and Homeschool 

Autism Q&A: A Guide to Individual Education Plans in BC (IEPS) 

Theme Resources: Back to School 

Staff Sharing: Autism, Education Accessibility & Advocacy 

 
Adult Resources 

Access Human Resources Kelowna 

Community Living BC (CLBC) — Province Wide 

Community ConnectionsKelowna 

Green Tree ProgramsKelowna 

It’s All About You — Kelowna  

John Howard Society 

Neil Squire Society — Kelowna, Penticton & Vernon  

New Horizons Professional Support Services — Kamloops 

North Okanagan Community Life Society — Vernon 

Okanagan Inclusion Penticton 

Okanagan Self Advocate Group – Linda Youmans — [email protected] 

Pacific Coast Community Resources Kelowna 

Pathways Abilities Society — Kelowna 

Personal Lifestyle Support — Kelowna 

Rockwell Resources Kelowna 

Rocky Mountain Behaviour Analysts — Cranbrook 

TCS (Thompson Community Services) — All of the Interior 

Trail Association for Community Living — Trail 

Check out our Theme Resources: Autistic Adulting blog and Transitioning into Adulthood blog.  

 

Therapeutic Riding Associations  

Arion Therapeutic FarmEnderby 

Brave Horse — Armstrong  

Kamloops Therapeutic Riding AssociationKamloops 

Kyra LondosKelowna 

North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding AssociationVernon  

Okanagan Horse Sense — Keremeos 

Riding 4 Life Equine Enterprises — Penticton 

Town & Country Counselling (Equine Therapy)Salmon Arm

Soul Connections – Dr. Jodi Morris & Lindsay Legroulx Equine Assisted Therapist – Kelowna  

 
Facebook Groups & Pages 

Autism Family Meetup Kelowna 

Autism IN Kamloops 

Autism Kamloops  

Autistic Adults of the Okanagan 

Incredibles (teens and young adults with lower support needs) 

Invisible’s — Okanagan  

Kelowna Diversability Housing 

Kootenay Autism Resources 

Okanagan Autism Co-op 

Okanagan Diversability Equipment Swap 

Okanagan Family Autism Connection 

Partners for Inclusive Education (SD23 Central Okanagan) 

Spectrum Inclusion NetworkKelowna  

The Kootenays Aspergers Autism Page 

Transitioning to Adulthood – Central Okanagan  

Westside ASD Support Group — West Kelowna  

Vernon Autism Support Group 

 

Other blogs that may be of interest: 

Waiting for Assessment 

Moving to BC Blog 

Autism Q & A: Autism Funding  

Autism Q & A: Disability Tax Credit 

Autism Q & A: Autism Related Benefits and Taxes 

Autism Q & A:  Autism Glossary  

Autism Q & A: Girls are Autistic Too  

 

Developmental Milestones  

 

Is there a resource you think we should have on this list? Please contact Lisa here.


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