I left the doctor’s office confused about my child’s autism diagnosis… now what?

  1. Early Diagnosis and Intervention
  2. Natural Environment Teaching
  3. Intensive Behaviour Intervention
  4. Parent Training/Coaching
  5. Transition planning

Early intervention can lessen the severity of a diagnosis and give children the tools they need.  Many children diagnosed with Autism are unable to communicate effectively, may engage in repetitive behaviours and may struggle to learn in a natural environment.  Our goal is to jumpstart their learning through naturalistic teaching building play skills, social interaction, eye contact and requesting.  We also work on developing a child’s language such as their vocabulary through feature, function and class training, as well as, answering wh-questions.

Our ultimate goal is to prepare children for school in which we set pre-academic goals, table skills and on-task behaviours.  Our centre uses a Verbal Behavior Approach building Mands (requests), Receptive skills (listener skills), Tacts (labelling abilities), Intraverbals (conversational skills), Echoics and Imitation.  A big part of what we do is reduce and manage problematic behaviours.

Programs are developed after an assessment has been completed. Each program is graphed and monitored to track improvements or make revisions to ensure that the child is learning.  Parenting training and coaching is made available by setting up home visits, meetings or video observations.

What is Autism?

ASD 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.

What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?

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.

What is Natural Environment Teaching (NET)?

Play based teaching is a crucial part of a child’s learning. Before a child can learn to attend to instructions, they will need to learn joint attention, play, following eye-gaze and following cues during these interactions.

What is Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI)?

IBI is a recognized treatment in Ontario and around the world. In Ontario and other provinces, IBI is funded by the government to support the education of children that are diagnosed with autism. The goal of IBI is to improve the child’s rate of learning and develop language, social, play and self-help skills.  IBI uses the bases of ABA in developing the core treatment plan for the child. The key in selecting a quality program is being aware that the treatment is based on the principles and procedures of ABA, because ABA is the well-developed science that supports the overall program design.

How does Parent Training/Coaching help?

It is important to have trained therapists working with your child, but we also want parent’s to feel empowered and learn how to handle situations at home.  Some parents want to get right in there and work with their child, while others don’t have a lot of time but still need to know the basics. We want parents to participate in their child’s program and development!