We offer families a lot of flexibility with One to One Autism Therapy.
Each child is different and each family is different.
There are different approaches and techniques to treating Autism and supporting children in their growth. Our staff is involved and committed to ongoing learning and education to improve our skills working with our clients, children.
We are on the RASP (Registered Autism Service Providers) to work with children under six, and we do use Applied Behaviour Analysis techniques. With that, we combine the data collection and skills curriculum with engaging activities and games that are presented always as child friendly, fun, and with joy for learning. We use ABLLS-R, and can use VB-MAPP as well to show progress and assist with planning with families what to work on developing.
One of the goals of early intervention is a solid foundation of learning skills (language, gross and fine motor, life skills, play and social skills) that are suitable to help the child become ready for independently participating in a regular classroom with support. We also have continued one on one therapy after six as needed as well. Families can use their Autism funding, Special Needs resources, or other benefit programs as well for their child, as needed.
The biggest difference in our approach to ABA is that for the child, the techniques and learning is FUN. These are presented to children as games, and we build connections with children to encourage them to learn the skills for learning, in playful manner. We seek to engage their interest and curiosity to keep them learning, and developing in a forward direction. As BCBA becomes more common as a credential to certify the quality and ethical practise of ABA, we are all training in our certification under BACB. However, many of us have experience that is pre-dating this development in the use of ABA. At this time, it is not a requirement for service under six in BC to be BCAB certified. Being a provider on the RASP list in BC is a requirement for Autism Funding Unit funds from MCFD.
Our Behaviour Consultant, Patricia Kennedy, is and has been on the RASP list for many years, and her experience is evident in the supervision and documentation we do. We are also supervised directly by her on a regular basis, and our documentation and activities are reviewed, with programs and goals directed by the parents and family by priority and need.
We also do use other social skill curriculums, such as by Carole Gray (Social Stories), Michelle Garcia-Winner (Social Thinking), and other researchers as well on a one to one basis. We offer Worry Dragons, Zones of Regulation, Alert, and other programs that are used in daycare and school settings as well. We have and can teach a child one on one with these programs the concepts.
As children grow up, we offer small group instruction on these other curriculums. Our Behaviour Interventionists work with the child and the family to provide regular instruction, including the parents in the teaching and techniques so that the reinforcement of learning continues.
We have the flexibility to do therapy in the home, and our hub centres, and in the community, with support of daycares and preschool programs, to ensure the child is not overwhelmed with the therapy. The benefits are that early intervention works, and previously non verbal children have their oral communication skills improved to speaking for themselves. We seek with early intervention to have children "school ready" for kindergarten, and hopefully, transition to school ready to learn with an Education Assistant to help the teacher with your child.
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