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The information contained on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not an endorsement of a particular treatment, agency, service or specific professional.  Consumers should carefully examine the services and qualifications of the agencies or service providers prior to making a decision.

WHAT IS 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)

 

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.  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.

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. info@emergingminds.ca 613.728.3808 

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. Click here for contact information.

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. info@spectrumig.com 613.723.0606

Terrace Wellness Group at the Terrace Wellness Group in south Kanata. ABA therapy is provided in English and French. In-home, in-centre, and in-school are provided. admin@terraceyouth.ca 613.831.1105

ABC Pediatric Therapies is a warm, inviting and bilingual multidisciplinary therapy clinic located in Orleans. info@abcpediatrictherapies.ca 

ASPEN Autism Services In home bilingual behaviour therapy services. ASPEN's mission is to provide affordable and high-quality in-home ABA/IBI (Applied Behaviour Analysis/Intensive Behavioural Intervention) therapy services for children, youth, and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or other special needs. Click here for their contact information.

Thinking in Pictures Educational Services.  TIPES is a team of trained professionals, supporting children, teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or related exceptionalities. Click here for their contact information.

The Portia Learning Centre uses a inter-disciplinary approach in providing  IBI (intensive behaviour intervention) / ABA (applied behaviour analysis) for the treatment of autism, developmental delays and disorders. info@portialearning.com 

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. 

ABCommunication Speech Therapy Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic in Orleans, Ontario, providing bilingual (French and English) services in the following areas: speech-language pathology, paediatric physiotherapy, occupational therapy and applied behaviour analysis (ABA behavioural therapists and consultants). We offer therapy sessions in various settings (in home, in clinic or childcare centres). info@abcommunication.org 613.552.0841

Nancy Baker - Child care consultation and senior therapist. For children aged 1-12. In home consultation in the areas of behaviour skills training, social skills training and parent training. Senior therapists for home based IBI program. Consultation and program plans to teach implementation of ABA and IBI principles. The services is for both parents and therapists in the home. njabaker@bell.net 819.459.1524

Christine Gougeon - Consultant for families of children with ASD, implementing ABA and simulation integration-based strategies. cfgougeon@sympatico.ca 613.836.8187

JDN Centre - JDN Centre of children is a center that is committed to helping children with ADHD and cognitive deficits reach their full potential through one on one ABA therapy and social skill development. We offer 1 on 1 ABA to children with ASD, ADHD and other cognitive deficits. We also provide parent coaching and social skills groups. 613.464.3200

 

AUTISM SERVICES IN ONTARIO ARE CHANGING

In the 2016 Ontario Budget - $555 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."

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services  - click here 

THE OTTAWA CHILDREN'S TREATMENT CENTRE AND THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF EASTERN ONTARIO have AMALGAMATed in October 2016

Statement from CHEO/OCTC

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) – the two leading providers of specialized pediatric health services in the region – intend to join forces to create a new organization.

“Today we are setting a new course for the future – building a new organization that will be stronger for the families of this community,” says Alex Munter, CHEO’s President and CEO. 

While parents and families are quick to praise the doctors and healthcare professionals who care for their children, they often say that the healthcare system itself is difficult to navigate for their kids, that it takes too long to get the help they need, and that there are too many gaps.

“As a community, we need to do things differently for these families – invest and organize differently,” says Kathleen Stokely, CEO of OCTC. “We don’t want duct tape solutions. We want to be proactive and create a health system focused 100% on the unique needs of children and youth, especially those requiring multiple services across providers to have the most effective impact.”  Read more

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