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.
Message from Executive Director, Bob Butella:
November 23, 2020
ISAND received confirmation today from Toronto Public Health that we can remain open as an Essential Workplace for limited in-person appointments, both in our centre and off-site. Virtual visits will continue to be an option available to many people. In-person appointments will resume if clinically recommended, and when virtual visits are not possible or in the best (clinical) interests of the individual.
Your therapist will connect with you to: discuss the reasons to continue with in-person therapy; verify ISAND COVID-19 protocols; and to confirm your agreement for you or your child to attend in-person appointments.
Stay safe and healthy!
We embrace the uniqueness of everyone.
ISAND is a registered non-profit organization in Toronto serving individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Our clinical team includes developmental pediatricians, psychologists and clinicians. We work together to provide developmental medical care, language and social communication therapies, occupational and behavioural therapies, diet and nutrition as well as mental health and wellness supports for individuals and families.
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.