04/16/2015 05:49 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 02:59 EDT

Nova Scotia expands program to help children with autism attend school

HALIFAX - Twenty to 25 new spaces will be added in September to a program in Nova Scotia that helps prepare children with autism to start school.

The $10-million program will now have a total of 110 spaces available for children.

The government says it has a waiting list of 25 children who are scheduled to enter school in 2016 at the age of six.

It says a recent review of the program found it is effective in helping children develop communications skills, follow directions, pay attention and control their emotions.

The program began in 2005.