DCAFS Summer Camp Options

Get ready for the ultimate summer adventure with all our Summer Camp Options! We’ve got a jam-packed schedule filled with on-site activities that will help your child build relationships, achieve learning objectives, have a blast playing, and help sharpen those social skills. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make new friends and create unforgettable memories!

Welcome to Dufferin Child & Family Services

Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) is a multi-service agency providing developmental support, child and youth mental health and child protection services.

Take a Break! Saturday Respite

Our respite program is designed to provide a flexible, short-term break from caregiving for families, allowing for rest and renewal. Our goal is to support caregivers and families so that they have the strength and energy to continue to be active care providers for their loved ones.

Harmonizing Health: Music Therapy

Our inspiring form of creative arts therapy combines both musical and verbal techniques to support children in achieving their wellness goals. Whether you’re struggling with social skills, turn taking, or just need an alternative to traditional therapy methods, music therapy can help!

Unlocking the Possibilities: Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the creative process to give participants an alternative way of working through the challenges, and life experience that they have been through.

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About Behaviour Solutions

Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) is a multi-service agency providing developmental support, child and youth mental health and child protection services. We have also been a direct provider of ABA Services in Dufferin County since 2013. Our team, which is supervised by Registered Behaviour Analysts (R.B.A. (Ont.)), has a significant number of years experience working with a wide range of individuals in a variety of capacities.

All services include a thorough assessment to help address your family’s goals, followed by a written service agreement.

Our Services

Service Navigator

New to the OAP (Ontario Autism Program), have questions about services, looking for help with your budget, DCAFS Service Navigator is available to help. This role is designed to aid families in learning about the services available for the family, or family member, and what the benefits of various approaches and services can be.


DCAFS offers a variety of group or individual services for children of all abilities. These program offers a wide variety of behavioural services to meet the specific needs of children, youth and families and services are customized following a clinical assessment to determine what will optimize the targeted skill development.

Behaviour supports

Our Behaviour Supports programs are designed to meet your family’s goals through the creation of an individualized behaviour support plan. Goals may include: Daily Living Skills, Behaviour Management Skills, School Readiness Skills, Social Skills, and Communication Development.

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Skill-based groups

All our skills-based groups are created with an individualized curriculum and are designed using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Each child or youth will be given the opportunity to practice, learn and maintain relevant skills while promoting independence in a leisure setting.

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Connection-based groups

Connection-Based groups have been designed to provide enjoyable social opportunities for children and youth. Each group has been created with the objective of practicing skills while creating opportunities to connect with others their own age.

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1:1 Respite

Get ready to take a breather and recharge with our brand new 1:1 Respite program with Behaviour Solutions DCAFS! This program is all about giving you a much-needed break from the daily grind of caregiving. Our dedicated and trained Respite Team is here to support you every step of the way, so you can rest easy knowing your loved one is well cared for.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is OAP?

Children and youth who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional are eligible for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) under the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). Please refer to: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program

What Services does Dufferin Child and Family Service (DCAFS) provide?

DCAFS offers Behavioural Service to meet specific needs for children, youth and families. Each plan is customize following a clinical assessment to determine what service will optimize targeted skill development..
Service can include but are not limited to:

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Decreasing Behaviour
  • Increasing development in communication and language development
  • Developing Communication Sytems
  • Toilet Training
  • Increasing food Repetoires
  • School Readiness Development
  • Group Skills
  • Social skills
  • Occupational Therapy assessment and consultation
  • Speech and Language Pathology assessment and consultation
Where are services provided?

Following a clinical assessment the clinician, in collaboration with the family, will determine the best service option to optimize outcomes for the child and family:

  • Services occur at the in-centre location at 224 Centennial Rd,
  • Orangeville
  • In-home
  • Or other locations depending on the skill being targeted
What are the service hours at DCAFS?

Our OAP program hours are as follows:

  • Monday 8:30am -5:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am – 6:30pm
  • Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Which funding can I use to pay for service?

There are a variety of funding sources that families can use to pay for service. Please refer to the OAP https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program to determine how the funds you receive can be used to purchase services.

Aside from OAP funding there are other options for families, please refer to the information at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/children-special-needs#section-1

Do your services meet OAP clinical criteria?

Yes, we have two Board Certified Behavioural Analysts who are registered with OAP for clinical supervision. Additionally, all the Instructor Therapists have completed the course work for Registered Behavioural Technician.

Does DCAFS provide any of the free OAP services?

Yes, DCAFS in partnership with ErinoakKids is providing the following services: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program

  • Foundational Family Services
  • Caregiver-Mediated Early Years
  • Urgent Response Services
  • Entry to School Program
I am having a challenge understanding how to navigate all the options, is there someone I can meet with or speak to?

Yes, please contact DCAFS at 519-941-1530 and press 0 and request Service Navigation for OAP.