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Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)

Since the early 1960s, hundreds of behaviour analysts have used positive reinforcement and other principles to build communication, play, social, academic, self-care, work, and community living skills and to reduce problem behaviours in learners with autism of all ages.  Some ABA techniques involve instruction that is directed by adults in a highly structured fashion, while others make use of the learner's natural interests and follow his or her initiations.  Still others teach skills in the context of ongoing activities.  All skills are broken down into small steps or components, and learners are provided many repeat opportunities to learn and practice skills in a variety of settings, with abundant positive reinforcement.  The goals of intervention as well as the specific types of instructions and reinforcers used are customized to the strengths and needs of the individual learner.  Performance is measured continuously by direct observation, and intervention is modified if the data shows that the learner is not making satisfactory progress.

Regardless of the age of the learner with autism, the goal of ABA intervention is to enable him to function as independently and successfully as possible in a variety of environments.
(Information from Autism Speaks) 

autism services in ontario are changing

In the 2016 Ontario Budget it was announced that $333 million to improve autism services

Ontario is investing in expanded children’s autism services over the next five years so more children receive critical interventions earlier, and services are better matched to their needs.

The new Ontario Autism Program will be more flexible and will combine ABA and IBI into a single expanded and improved system. The transition to the new program will happen over two years.

Children five years old and older will be transitioned from the IBI waitlist and supported with one-time funding during the transition phase. The funding can be used to purchase eligible community services and supports during the transition to the more flexible and intensive autism program that better meets their needs.

In April 2016, online engagement sessions about changes to children’s autism services are being offered. Families are welcome to attend any session and all sessions will cover the same presentation followed by a question and answer period.

Below are the dates and times of the upcoming online engagement sessions. Register for a session.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 - 7 to 8:30pm (Session will be conducted in French)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 - 7 to 8pm

More information is posted on the Ministry of Children and Youth Services website - click here

 autism ontario's statement regarding the new autism funding 2016

Click here to read the Statement from Autism Ontario regarding autism programming in Ontario April 2016

Private Ottawa Programs 

Please be aware that private therapy providers are not regulated in the Province of Ontario.  Make sure to ask about the background and qualifications of the person operating the business and about the qualifications that are required for their therapists.  Also, the therapy centre must have a psychologist overseeing the child's program.

No private service provider should pressure a parent into signing a contract, they should give you time to go away and decide.  You may want to take the contract you are being asked to sign to a lawyer before signing it.  It is best to check with several private service care providers before deciding which will be best for your child.

ABA Services Ottawa - Run by Anita Stapert who has 8 years of experience working with children with autism between the ages of 2 and 18. ABA services can implement an ABA/IBI program, assist in implementing goals, and also train your therapists and team. For more information call 613-218-7225. 

Communicare Therapy, 2270 St Laurant Blvd, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario.  We understand how hard it is when your child is diagnosed with a developmental disorder.  We have experts trained in a research-based approach that offers hope for the long term outcome of children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), global development delay, and other disorders attributed to relating and communicating.  email: info@communicare.ca  613-738-2871 

Connecting Early provides Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapy services to families in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.  Services are provided by Rachael Riethman, a certified ESDM trainer.  Rachael has experience working with children as young as 6 months old who may be showing early signs of autism.  Services are designed to meet the needs of your family and can be as little as an hour per week or as intensive as 20 hours per week.  Rachael can be contacted by phone, 613.805.0373, or by email rachael@connectingearly.com

Emerging Minds - Our approach is formed by naturalistic behavioural, developmental, and social/relationship-based therapies.  We draw from a variety of evidence-based approaches and from a range of therapy disciplines (including psychology, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, behaviour analysis, and education). This therapy is based in the child's natural environment.  Emerging Minds also offers the Early Start Denver Model Therapy (ABA based) for very young children.  

Fundamentals:  Child Behaviour Solutions - Our associates at Fundamentals aspire to improve the quality of life for children and their families. We offer psycho-educational and diagnostic assessment services, as well as behavioural intervention for children with a wide-range of exceptionalities. Our experienced mental health professionals collaborate with families and utilize evidence-based principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis to tailor individualized treatment solutions.

HOPE - Helping Our Parents Educate — a service dedicated to helping parents of children with autism.  Run by Catherine Cooke, training is offered to parents who wish to execute their own behavioural therapy programs, and programs are based around their needs, goals, and financial situations.

Portia Learning Centre — Our comprehensive early intervention program teaches the core elements of socialization, communication, play skill, academic skill and many other skills necessary to succeed in school and the community. Parent involvement is the cornerstone of our program and involves increasing interaction with your child as well as learning important techniques to maximize learning in the home and the community and ensure generalization.  Both home and center-based programs are offered.  Portia Learning Centre offers Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapy.

Spectrum Intervention Group's primary objective is to provide care and direct instruction, using ABA principles and procedures, to children with ASD, in order to increase their cognitive and social abilities in the home, school and community.  This is a center based therapy.

TIPES— Thinking in Pictures Educational Services is a non-profit educational and therapeutic service that provides support to children aged 2-18 years who have PDD (eg. Autism) and related or additional exceptionalities.  Located in South Kanata.
 

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