Brianna Taylor

Brianna Taylor

Organization expands to support autism

NANAIMO – Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization to offer early intervention services for children with autism.

Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization is expanding its services to offer help to young children with autism.

NUKO has operated in Nanaimo since 2005 and offers support programs for school-age children.

The new program, which starts in September and will be led by Keri Chapdelaine, NUKO behavioural consultant and Sara White, behavioural analyst, offers early intervention services for children under six diagnosed with autism.

“The new program that we’re opening, the child must have autism – must be on the spectrum,” said Teresa Nielsen, NUKO program manager. “Right now we deal with children with neurological difficulties.”

Providing the services in Nanaimo will save the cost of bringing consultants from out of town and make it easier for families to access quality early intervention for their children.

Nielsen said children in the program will also benefit from receiving one-on-one support from staff.

“For more information, come to the open house and Keri will be on hand to answer the questions,” Nielsen said.

NUKO will host an open house to showcase the program and its Nanaimo Academic Leaning Centre program Friday (June 12), 2:30-6:30 p.m., at its centre, located at 3792 Gilfillan Rd.

For more information about NUKO programs and the open house, please call 250-585-6856 or visit the organization website at