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Therapy: ABA, Core Services OAP

Age:     All Ages

Fees: Differ per service and time of day that is booked. Please contact us for ABI’s Rate Card

Eligibility:    Determined by screening. 

Languages offered: English

Referral:     No

Location:    In-person and/or virtual 

 

What can communication look like?

At ABI, we focus on teaching functional communication, which goes beyond simply learning language. We believe in providing individualized communication instruction that caters to the specific needs of each student. For some students, this may include learning augmentative and alternative communication methods. We understand that some students may not be able to communicate vocally, which is why we offer alternative communication methods like picture exchange communication systems (PECS) and speech-generating devices.

PECS is a visual communication system that involves a student relinquishing a picture to communicate his/her needs effectively, while speech- generating devices allow students to press buttons on an electronic device that converts the input into vocalized communication to convey their message to another person. By offering such alternative communication methods, we ensure that our students can communicate effectively, irrespective of their vocal-verbal abilities.

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Teaching Communication Can Help With:

Improved Social Interaction: Teaching communication skills can enhance the ability to engage in social interactions. It allows a person to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs, facilitating meaningful connections with others.

Reduced Frustration: Communication difficulties often lead to frustration. Learning to communicate effectively can decrease this frustration by enabling a person to convey their desires, preferences, and concerns more clearly.

Enhanced Independence: Effective communication empowers individuals to become more independent in various aspects of life. It enables them to articulate their needs and make choices, leading to increased autonomy and self-reliance.

Academic Progress: Communication skills are fundamental for academic success. Teaching an individual to communicate facilitates their participation in classroom activities, comprehension of instructions, and engagement in learning tasks, thereby promoting academic progress.

Improved Behaviour Management: Communication difficulties can contribute to interfering behaviours. By teaching communication skills, caregivers and educators can help mitigate these behaviours, as the person gains alternative ways to express themselves and cope with frustration or anxiety.

Better Quality of Life: Effective communication enhances the overall quality of life. It enables an individual to establish connections with peers, family members, and educators, fostering a sense of belonging and well-being.

Career Opportunities: Communication skills are essential for success in the professional world. Teaching a person to communicate effectively equips them with valuable skills for future employment, increasing their prospects for meaningful careers and economic independence.

Integration into Community: Improved communication abilities facilitate the integration of individuals into their communities. They can participate more fully in social activities, recreational events, and community gatherings, promoting inclusivity and acceptance.

Empowerment: Learning to communicate empowers people by giving them a voice. It allows them to advocate for themselves, express their opinions, and assert their rights, fostering confidence and self-esteem.

What is communication?

Communication is the most important part of skill development during ABA treatment. Communication is the act of exchanging information between individuals to convey basic and complex needs and desires. However, for autistic individuals, limited language skills can make it difficult to have meaningful interactions. Teaching how to exchange accurate and meaningful information during any communicative interaction can make all the difference  in how an individual responds and how others respond to that individual on a daily basis.

Why is communication important?

Teaching functional communication is the primary objective of the services offered for communication. This involves teaching our students how to engage in meaningful and intentional exchanges with their family and peers. Communication training can also be used to address problematic behaviours, such as aggression, lack of cooperation, destruction, and self-harm. By improving communication skills, autistic individuals can enhance their quality of life and participate more fully in their communities.

OUR PROCESS

Meeting you where you are, Applied Behavioural Interventions & ABI Home Health & Wellness, is committed to providing those we serve with the necessary tools so that they may live their life to its greatest potential. Working with the entire family, we value connection, engagement and family-centred care, in your home and in your community.

 
 

Call, email or click on our chat box to book a time to chat to a Parent Service Co-Ordinator.

Once you have decided that ABI is the right fit for your family, we will book an in-home assessment where we will individualize a treatment plan.

Our Director, a Registered Nurse and BCBA, will meet with you personally to discuss recommendations based on the assessment and a proposal for service is submitted to you for approval. This is a fluid conversation where you decide what will work best for your child, and for your family.

Having the right Team by your side is important. Your trust in us is a privilege. Together, we will select your Team, a start date and provide you with as much support as you need, every step of the way.