Toronto Autism ABA Services are funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and are free to children and youth with a confirmed Autism Spectrum diagnosis including Autism/Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger’s Disorder up to their 18th birthday. Treatment services are delivered in partnership with Surrey Place Centre, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Adventure Place, Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre and The Etobicoke Children’s Centre.
Our goals are to assist children and youth to learn important skills through the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies and promote success at home and in the community. Parent involvement in treatment is important to achieving these goals.
Toronto Autism ABA Services Will:
- Help children and youth with ASD develop skills in the areas of:
- Communication: understanding and using language for social purposes
- Social/interpersonal: establishing and maintaining relationships with other people
- Daily living skills: including personal care activities, personal safety etc.
- Emotional/Behaviour regulation: including preparation for group, organizational and self-calming
- Use positive and systematic approaches to teaching practical skills within natural routines, building upon what motivates and interests the child or youth
- Be offered in treatment blocks up to three months in length with weekly sessions lasting two to four hours
- Typically be delivered through group sessions with individual coaching as appropriate
- Provide education to parents/caregivers on how to apply ABA strategies which will help their children learn, maintain and generalize skills
- Children and youth up to their 18th birthday
- Must have a confirmed Autism Spectrum diagnosis including Autism/Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Specified (PDDNOS), and Asperger’s Disorder
- Must be living in the Toronto Region
- Children and youth currently receiving or waiting for funded IBI Services are also eligible if
- deemed appropriate
- Not concurrently receiving any other ABA based services through this initiative
How To Apply:
To register children and youth living in the Toronto region contact Surrey Place Centre at 416-925-5141 and ask to speak to the Toronto Autism ABA Services registration. Parents and caregivers can call directly, and/or a professional (such as a Family Physician, Psychiatrist, Developmental Paediatrician, Psychologist, Psychological Associate, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or Nurse) may assist families to make a referral.
Current Treatment Programs:
Children are placed in groups following an assessment of strengths and needs and are clustered by age and gender as appropriate. Treatment groups may change over time and will be offered on varying schedules in each quadrant based on the needs of the children and youth who are waiting for service.
- Basic Communication: focuses on requesting (frequency, number of items, persistence and generalization)
- Basic Picture Exchange Communication Systems: builds on requesting (physical exchange, distance, persistence and discrimination)
- Language 1: works to increase complexity and variety of requesting as well as introducing and increasing labelling and listener responding
- Language 2: develops requesting repertoire and use of word combinations as well as introducing function, feature and class
- Language 3: focuses on expansion of requesting, labelling, listener responding and advanced labelling of pronouns, prepositions, adjectives
Social Skills Groups
- Impact: parents learn to promote social engagement, and develop language, imitation and play skills in their children
- Social 1: teaches reciprocity, language, imitation and play skills related to engagement with peers
- Social 2: develops conversation skills such as greeting, initiating play, cooperative play and turn taking
- Social 3: focuses on advanced conversation skills, nonverbal cues, relaxation techniques and friendship
- Children’s Friendship Training: children learn to make and keep friends and develop social interactions
- PEERS: for motivated teens who want to learn ways to make and keep friends and for their parents
Emotional/Behaviour Regulation Groups
- Triple P Positive Parenting: promotes a positive parent-child relationship and develops strategies for teaching new skills and behaviours, encouraging desirable behaviours and managing inappropriate behaviour
- Getting Ready for Groups: teaches children and youth skills to participate in small groups such as following routines and requesting access to preferred items
Daily Living Groups
- Girls Health and Hygiene: focuses on understanding body development in puberty and personal hygiene
- Boys Health and Hygiene: focuses on understanding body development in puberty and personal hygiene
Please click here to view our Toronto Autism ABA Services Information Card