Small Group ABA, School Skills and After-School Programs

Filling in the Gaps

Research evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of intensive ABA therapy, as children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn effectively through one-on-one teaching and repetition using the teaching principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

Although we implement group instruction activities with one-to-one support during IBI, one of the most difficult transitions for children accustomed to intensive intervention is the transition to a classroom learning environment where the environment differs drastically from the environment where they acquired their skills. Many children with ASD who have spent years receiving one-on-one teaching can become overwhelmed, prompt-dependent, easily distracted or lack generalization when challenged to use their skills in a complex school environment.

The Solution

To help bridge the gap between intensive one-on-one teaching and a classroom environment, children must adapt to learning with other children. Instead of learning one-on-one with an Instructor Therapist (IT), a number of children can learn together from one IT (small group). To see success in small group learning, children must possess simple prerequisite skills such as the ability to sit nicely, play appropriately with others and follow instructions consistently. Through repeated lessons while paired with other children sharing the attention of the instructor, with repetition, small group ABA can be a critical transitional step in helping a child gain the skills necessary to succeed in a school environment.

And of course, ALL of Toronto IBI's programs qualify for OAP funding!

After-School Program

    • Available at Downsview Park Learning Centre

    With more school-aged children diagnosed with ASD and families seeking additional help for their children as they face difficulties learning in a school setting, the benefits of a program which takes place after school without requiring early withdrawal from class can be an invaluable addition to their learning.

    A registered social worker and BCBA supervises our After-School Group Programs, using evidence based curriculums to teach social thinking and emotional regulation.

    Toronto IBI's After-School Programs qualify for OAP funding and coverage may apply if your health insurance/benefits plan includes MSW/RSW services.

Small Group ABA Therapy

  • Available at Bloor & Dundas Learning Centre
  • Available at Bedford Park Children's Academy

Targeted towards younger children and earlier learners, our Small-Group ABA program at Bloor & Dundas Learning Centre and Bedford Park Children's Academy uses evidence-based strategies to teach skills such as:

  • Active participation during circle time
  • Attending to instructions in a group format
  • Joining and leaving activities appropriately
  • Independent transitions between activities or environments
  • Responding to and asking others' questions
  • Increasing tolerance to group interactions
  • Waiting in line
  • Sharing with others
  • ...and much much more!

School Skills Program

  • Available at Bedford Park Children's Academy

Targeted towards older, school-aged children who possess many of the skills necessary to succeed in a small group ABA program, our School Skills program at Bedford Park Children's Academy takes group learning a step further by replicating a small classroom environment where the childen will learn pre-academic and academic skills with their peers.

Through practice and support, children in our School-Skills program will learn to:

  • Follow basic school routines
  • Sustain attention and concentration
  • Copy from a whiteboard/ chalk board during lessons
  • Answer questions presented to a group
  • Follow group instructions related to academic tasks
  • Complete academic tasks sitting with peers
  • Ask peers for assistance and assist peers
  • ...and much much more!

Program Enrolment

Our Small Group ABA program, After-School program and School Skills program schedules are dependent on current enrolment levels and the matching of student needs.

In you are interested in enroling your child in one of our group learning programs, please Call or Email for more information!

Our Services

Toronto IBI Services

Toronto IBI is Qualified to Provide Evidence Based Behavioural Services Under the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Qualified

Toronto IBI meets all the requirements put forth by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCSS) for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) through AccessOAP.

Our Clinical Director, Kingston Chui, M.A., BCBA, has been a certified Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) since 2010 and is a qualified Clinical Supervisor for families participating in the OAP.

In addition, all the Directors of our three locations are BCBAs, so you can be confident in our quality of service!

Collaboration with Families

We recognize the difficulties of having a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and understand that families will advocate for what is best for their child. Often this will include the incorporation of different classes and activities aimed at broadening their child's development.

At Toronto IBI, we always encourage families to involve their child in as many new activities and classes as possible, as increased exposure to new experiences result in an increase in learning opportunities. Toronto IBI will be there every step of the way to help aid you and your child as you navigate through different extracurricular activities.

Contact Us

Contact Us for an Intake Appointment

If you would like to come visit one of our three locations for a tour, please call us for an appointment and we will be more than happy to show you our facilities!

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