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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.

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