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Preschool Life Skills Program developed by Dr. G. Hanley.

The Preschool Life Skills (PLS) program teaches critical social skills to preschoolers to prevent problem behavior from developing or re-emerging. These particular social skills were selected because early elementary teachers have identified them as being critical to early school success. The program begins as a class-wide approach to teaching thirteen skills in sequence. The program may then be individualized for small groups of learners of similar abilities.

In-person or virtual


Eligibility determined by screen.

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. Contact us for the cost of the lessons which are determined by the whether you wish to engage in a customised program or partial/full curriculum.

What is school readiness?

Students with exceptionalities often begin their educational journey in a 1:1 instruction environment where they can receive a teacher’s full attention and support. Such an environment is conducive to learning critical skills that are essential for their development. However, learning in a group environment is also important, and school readiness plays a vital role in this transition. School readiness refers to a student’s preparedness to learn effectively in a traditional classroom setting where the expectations differ from those of an individual learning environment.

Why is school readiness important?

To successfully enter a group environment, there are some prerequisite skills that need to be achieved, such as following instructions, paying attention, staying on task, developing self- regulation, building tolerance towards classroom stimulation, and learning in an environment with distractions. Additionally, group and independent play skills are also essential for success in a group environment. School readiness is all about acquiring these necessary skills to succeed in a group environment. Additionally, the focus moves from teaching adaptive skills and reducing interfering behaviours to promoting independence within a school setting.

School readiness using the science of ABA, can help students develop the necessary skills for a successful school experience, allowing them to reach their full potential and work towards a bright future.

What can school readiness look like?

At ABI, preparing a student for school requires an ABA team to implement personalized teaching that caters to the student’s specific needs. By identifying the student’s strengths and challenges, the team can create goals that focus on the prerequisite skills needed for success. ABA supports also address challenging behaviours and teach replacement behaviours while promoting self-regulation. This enables the student to participate positively and independently in a traditional classroom setting, engaging effectively with their peers and teachers. A visit to daycare or school settings prior to the start of school can be helpful in developing goals that prepare students.