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QuickStart Nova Scotia

Autistics Aloud | Employment & Post-Secondary Support | Family, Respite, and Community Support | Person Directed Planning Program | Social and Inclusive Programming

QuickStart Nova Scotia is a program delivered by Autism Nova Scotia, in partnership with IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres, Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services, and Nova Scotia Health Authority.

It is a one-on-one 19-week parent-coaching program delivered at no cost to families of toddlers with a suspected, provisional, or confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The program involves parents meeting weekly with a member of our interdisciplinary team, which is comprised of an Occupational Therapist, a Speech Language Pathologist, and four Parent Coaches.


The QuickStart Nova Scotia program team is actively looking for participants for its pilot phase. During this phase, the program is offered in the Halifax Regional Municipality and delivered in English only.

Eligibility for the pilot program:
(1) Child must have a suspected, provisional, or confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder;

(2) Child must be between the ages of 12 and 31 months at the start of the program;

(3) Participants must make a minimum commitment of one immediate caregiver to be in attendance for the course of the program;

(4) Participants must reside in the Halifax Regional Municipality; and

(5) Participants cannot be enrolled in more than 10 hours of services elsewhere.


QuickStart NS Online Referral Form

For more information about QuickStart Nova Scotia, please contact:
Connor Bray-Stone, QuickStart Supervisor
902-593-1015 ext. 3061

QuickStart Infographic Resources

Outside Play Infographic PosterPlaying outside can give children the chance to play games, test their limits, express themselves, and build confidence. Check out our poster resource for suggestions and tips on incorporating more outside play in your child's life.

Playing With Your Child: Playing with your child will help them build new skills, practice skills they already know, be creative, practice social skills, and learn new ways of doing things! Check out our poster resource for suggestions and tips on how incorporating playing with your child into your day can be a great benefit to their life. 

Handwashing Information Poster: It's been over a year since our world has changed, and handwashing remains just as important now as it was before! Quickstart has put together some fun ways in which you can was your hands with your toddler! 

Advantages of Moving: QuickStart Nova Scotia has put together a resource to help parents to understand the importance of physical movement and the impacts it has on child development!