Our Happy Parents
When our daughter Megan was 2 years old she was diagnosed with Autism. She could not speak and could not clap her hands. One special friend, her therapist Chaza Attar, helped her learn the basic skills she needed to become a happy and thriving young girl.
I cannot begin to express how dear Chaza is to our family. I refer to her as My Son’s Angel. When we were told our son, Adrian was autistic, we were devastated. We didn’t have a clue of what autism was and we certainly did not know what kind of future Adrian would have. Adrian was a non verbal 2 year old little boy who could not express himself at all. Along came Chaza, with her expertise and dedication to these children, she taught Adrian basic sign language. It was a start! Adrian expressed himself through sign. We were so happy. Chaza has continued to work with Adrian and today Adrian is a loving 7 year old boy who can definitely speak his mind!
Chaza Attar and the fabulous team at Autism Therapy & Training are responsible for ensuring that my daughter Lily reached her full potential. Their kindness, dedication, hard work, constant support and love for what they do is present in every single moment that they spend with the students they work with. My daughter spent 4 years with the therapy team at the centre from 11 months old until graduating from their program at the age of 4 1/2. Chaza and her incredible therapists gave my daughter the skills she needed to be the girl she is today – happy, functioning, and engaged, with lots of opportunities ahead of her. I would recommend this centre to anyone with a child with an ASD diagnosis. My heartfelt gratitude to an awesome team that does outstanding work. I cannot recommend them enough.
Amazing group of people. Changed mine and my daughters life. Without them she would not be where she is today. Chaza and her team have the child’s best interests at heart at all times. Thank you Chaza!
Elijah started ABA therapy at 23 months and what started as a journey I did not understand, slowly all the pieces fell into place. Under the care and supervision of his therapist Chaza Attar, Elijah began to speak and take on simple tasks he was not able to before. His language skills are exceptional and he is a kind, thoughtful and smart happy child. Early intervention and ABA therapy saved my son’s life. Without it, he would not be who he is today. It is possible he still would not be able to speak or understand the world around him. He would be trapped within himself. ABA therapy unlocked my son and I am thankful for it every day.
Autism is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication. Individuals diagnosed with Autism engage in repetitive behaviours and often have limited interests. No two individuals with Autism are the same as for some it may impact their life more than others. Due to the severity of the disorder, if left untreated children diagnosed with Autism may not learn to speak, build social interaction skills and develop other essential skills.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is development disorder in children which show signs of inattention and hyperactive impulsive behaviours. Verbal impulsivity, speaking out, fidgeting. Cognitive impulsiveness engage in behaviours without thinking of the consequences, cannot wait for things, climbing things, touching things.
ABA is a well-developed scientific discipline that focuses on analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating the environment so that change in behaviour is observed. ABA utilizes assessment procedures to determine underlying causes of behaviour and allows practitioners to change the environment so that behaviour can change. Building new skills and decreasing problem behaviours are the primary focus.
Verbal behaviour uses the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis to teach language. Focusing on Mands (requests), Tacts (labels), Receptive skills (following instructions), Motor Imitation, Vocal Imitation and Intraverbals (conversational skills). Children are taught the function and use of language rather than just words. Verbal behaviour is not necessarily spoken language but can take other forms such as sign language, PECS or communicative devices.