Diagnosis Under 6

  • Learn about funding, autism treatment options, the RASP list, and more.

    Table of Contents:

    • Under 6 Autism Funding
    • Your Autism Checklist
    • Additional BC Autism Services
    • Additional Autism Handbooks and Resources
    • Learn More

    Receiving an autism diagnosis can come as both a shock and a relief to parents. The fact is: a concrete diagnosis provides families with the first building blocks to getting their child the help he or she needs. At the same time, however, there is suddenly research to do, treatment to plan, funding to apply for, and all at a time when families are still coming to grips with the fact that life is going to be more challenging for their loved-one. We hope to provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to feel in control of your diagnosis, whatever it means for you and your family.


    In British Columbia, we have access to provincial government funding through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) for autism treatment.

    Under 6 autism funding BC: Families receive up to $22,000 dollars a year per child to put towards eligible autism intervention services and therapies. For more information on funding and eligibility visit the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) website here.

    You have a right to receive funding if your child has been diagnosed with ASD. Please note however that if your child has not been given a diagnosis through the BCAAN, and has received a private assessment, the protocol and paperwork will be slightly different. Additionally, if you have moved from another province or country, click here for details about how to receive confirmation for your out-of-province autism diagnosis, and on how to access funding.

    Your Autism Checklist

    Please note this is not an exhaustive list of all necessary procedures. It is necessary to do the research, speak with autism specialists and above all, stay informed.

    • Inform yourself about autism treatments. Applied Behavioural Analysis is currently the only scientifically validated approach to treating autism. There is no one size fits all approach to treating autism, however, we encourage parents to examine the research and acquaint themselves with “best practices” before committing to a treatment plan. Click here for a comprehensive evaluation of autism treatment options.
    • Establish a solid team of people to work with your child. The Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) is a great resource to help you find individuals who are skilled and experienced in the field of autism. On the RASP you can find service providers from the following 4 categories: Behaviour Consultants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. It is important to note that parents with children with ASD under six must choose their professionals from this database if they wish to pay them using MCFD funds.
    • Spend your autism funds wisely. It is your responsibilities to ensure your autism dollars are put towards the development and well-being of your child. Before hiring a service provider make sure you know the facts and understand the contract. Although time is of the essence in starting up a treatment program, don’t rush into signing a contract with a service provider whom you are unsure about. Contact our Information Officers to discuss any concerns you may have. We want the best for you child too.
    • Always continue learning and building knowledge. This is true in life generally, but when it comes to autism, knowledge is power. The more you stay up to date on autism research, the more in control you will feel of your child’s development and future. ASBC and other autism societies offer training programs, support group seminars, and library resources to help you develop new skills and strategies throughout the lifespan. 

    To learn more or to find resources please click here. To speak with one of our information officers contact us at info@autismbc.ca or call 1-888-437-0880.