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.
Children that have inattention have a difficult time sustaining attention and cannot do tasks for long periods of time. A difficult time resisting distractions and reengaging their original task.
A core executive functions which allow us to control our own behaviour and guide our behaviour such as following steps that are kept in our mind. It is the ability to remember to do things or continue with a task.
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.
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.
Yes, all children are assessed when they first start so that a program is custom designed for them.
A minimum of 6 hours a week is required to enrol your child into our IBI/ABA program. The number of hours per week determine the amount of programming a child will receive. The more hours a child is enrolled in our program, the more teaching we can do across domains and in turn improvements may be noted.
Your number one priority is our number one! Our program is tailored to your child’s needs, but also to your needs as well. We welcome you to visit our centre and meet our staff. You can schedule a 45 minute initial meeting with our Director with no obligation to enrol. We encourage you to bring your son or daughter to spend time in our centre with our therapists as we meet. We believe if we are right for you, you’ll just know it!
All our staff undergo a 220 hour training program prior to working with children independently, Why? Because quality is important to us. At our centre many of the therapists have completed a 40 hour training program to receive their Registered Behaviour Technician credential. This is given to them after passing a competency assessment administered by our BCBA and a written test provided by the BACB. All our therapists have CPR and First Aid training as well.
Since every child is so different we would need to speak with you first to assess your concerns and see how we can help. Some children need speech therapy or behavioural services in which we can help with. Some children may not be doing well academically and need tutoring, which we can help with whether there is a formal diagnosis or not.
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