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ISAND is the pre-eminent clinic in Ontario providing integrated services to children, youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With the help of advocate and philanthropist Jill Gotlieb, ISAND was established in 2013 by renowned clinicians working in the field of ASD, including Dr. Wendy Roberts, Shelley Mitchell, Jennifer Levine, Julie Schwartz, Barb Muskat (PH.D, MSW), Candace Yanchyshyn (B.Ed.), and Dr. Peggy Kirkpatrick. Clinicians work together using evidence based and evidence informed naturalistic approaches to provide the highest level of service leading to positive outcomes for clients.

Nine clinical disciplines are represented by ISAND’s therapists including: Developmental Paediatrics; Clinical Psychology; Behaviour Therapy; Speech & Language; Occupational therapy; Social work; Education; Rhythmic Movement; and Nutrition.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Updated COVID Screening Protocol and Guidelines for In-Person appointments

As you may be aware, Toronto Public Health and the local school boards updated their screening and safety guidelines on Friday in response to the ever growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Toronto and across the province. ISAND will follow the same protocols as recommended by Toronto Public Health.

Starting Tuesday December 8, if a child has one new or worsening of the following nine symptoms, the in-person appointment will be cancelled and re-scheduled sometime after the early of: 1) ten (10) days of self-isolation; 2) receiving negative COVID results; or 3) have been given clearance by their health provider. Children who have an existing health condition, confirmed by a health provider, that gives them any of the nine identified symptoms, should NOT answer YES to the screening questions unless the symptoms are new, different, or worsening.

The nine symptoms are:

Fever >37.8 CCoughDifficulty Breathing
Loss of TasteHeadacheMuscle aches or Fatigue
Stuffy or Runny noseSore ThroatNausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea

The updated fillable screening form (Click here) can be found under the COVID-19 Tab above. Please complete the form within 48 hours of the booked appointment. The completed form can be brought with you or can be e-mailed to if you need to cancel.

In addition:

  1. If  we become aware of an infected person being on site, including a member of the ISAND staff team, we need to contact public health.
  2. we will work with Toronto Public Health on follow up protocols, including informing persons who may be at risk due to contact about the potential exposure and steps to be taken.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):

ASD is a neurological condition impacting 1 in 66 children in Canada according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal and the National Autism Spectrum, Disorder Surveillance System. This means that there are approximately 135,000 Ontarians on the autism spectrum. Common signs of ASD include: avoidance or indifference to playing with other children; lack of or severe delay in speech development; repetitive use of sounds, words, language, an overall unresponsiveness to people (and other stimuli) in the child’s environment, strong resistance to change, and repetitive motor behaviours in the body.