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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 screen. 

Languages offered: English

Referral:     No

Location:    In-person and/or virtual 

 

About Social Skills

Social skills such as emotion recognition, self-regulation, play skills, perspective-taking, conversation skills, nonverbal communication, situational awareness, friendship, and problem-solvingare areas we address in our programs. These social skills are essential for children and youth to develop positive relationships, navigate social situations, and thrive in various environments, such as school, home, and community settings.

What Can Teaching Social Skills Help With?

Listening: Paying attention to others when they speak, making eye contact, and responding appropriately to what is being said.

Taking Turns: Waiting for their turn during conversations, games, or group activities without interrupting others.

Sharing: Being willing to share toys, snacks, or other belongings with peers and taking turns with shared items.

Following Instructions: Following verbal instructions from teachers, parents, or other authority figures, and completing tasks as requested.

Expressing Emotions: Identifying and expressing emotions in a healthy and appropriate manner, such as saying “I feel sad” or “I’m happy.”

Empathy: Understanding and caring about the feelings and perspectives of others and showing kindness and support when someone is upset or in need.

Making Friends: Initiating interactions with peers, engaging in cooperative play, and forming positive relationships with others.

Respecting Personal Space: Understanding and respecting the personal space of others and asking permission before entering someone’s personal space or touching their belongings.

Problem-Solving: Working together with peers to resolve conflicts or disagreements in a peaceful and respectful manner.

Understanding Social Cues: Recognizing nonverbal cues such as facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice, and understanding their meaning in social interactions.

Managing Frustration: Coping with frustration or disappointment in a constructive way, such as taking deep breaths, asking for help, or using positive self-talk.

Appropriate Conversation Skills: Knowing how to start and maintain a conversation, asking questions, and listening actively to others.

Respecting Differences: Appreciating and respecting the diversity of individuals and cultures and treating others with kindness and acceptance regardless of differences.

Showing Gratitude: Saying “please” and “thank you,” acknowledging acts of kindness or help from others, and expressing gratitude in social interactions.

 

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List of ABI’s Social Skill Programs

Children’s Friendship Training

Children’s Friendship Training is a 10-week program for ages 8-12 and includes a parent coaching and homework component.

This evidence-based curriculum is for children with emerging social skills who want to make friends. This program will incorporate parents, who will be taught how to effectively help their children to make and keep friends through weekly coaching sessions and homework assignments so that they can continue to support and build on the skills taught and practiced within sessions. 

Topics of Instruction:

  • How to ‘play detective’ to find common interests
  • How to join a group of kids at play
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to be a good host on a playdate
  • How to be a good winner
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to show respect to adults
  • How to make phone calls to friends

 
Cost: No out-of-pocket expenses for families currently receiving funds through the OAP and for families paying out of pocket, ABI is pleased to offer a sliding scale in an effort to serve our Families. 

PEERS®

PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills) is a 14-week program for teens grades 7-12 and includes a parent coaching and homework component.

  • Age – 13-18
  • Virtual Service – Yes
  • Type of Group – Social Skills
  • Support Ratio – 3:1 or 1:1
  • Hours per Session – 1.5
  • Number of Sessions – 14

Cost: No out of pocket expenses for families currently receiving funds through the OAP and for families paying out of pocket, ABI is pleased to offer a sliding scale in an effort to serve our Families. 

Socially Savvy Kids

Socially Savvy Kids is an 8-week program for children ages 3-7.  The Socially Savvy Checklist will aid in pinpointing your child’s strengths and challenges. This program will prioritize the skills most in need of intervention and develop strategies to address and teach each one.  

  • Age – 3-7
  • Virtual Service – Yes
  • Support Ratio – 1:1
  • Hours per Session – 1.5
  • Number of Sessions – 8

Cost: No out-of-pocket expenses for families currently receiving funds through the OAP and for families paying out of pocket, ABI is pleased to offer a sliding scale in an effort to serve our Families.

Everyday Speech Curriculum Teaching Social Communication and Social-Emotional Skills using Behaviour Skills Training (BST)

Everyday Speech’s evidence-based curriculum combined with BST (which involves instruction, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback) is used to teach social skills in a fun and engaging way.  Video modeling, web-based games, and activities are used by Specialists to teach and then transfer into your child’s natural environments by providing coaching and feedback in ‘real-life’ interactions. This program can be any length of time with many children currently accessing it as an ongoing part of their education.  

Cost: No out-of-pocket expenses for families currently receiving funds through the OAP and for families paying out of pocket, ABI is pleased to offer a sliding scale in an effort to serve our Families. 

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.