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Using a research and evidence-based curriculum, from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, our Specialists teach children and youth personal safety strategies in a fun and engaging way. In developing the root safety strategies, strategies are used to increase children’s rate of retention and to facilitate recall. Rhythm, rhyme, repetition, and multi-modal methods (i.e. visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) are incorporated throughout the program while using the science of ABA to teach. Children will build resiliency skills that that can reduce their likelihood of victimization in the online and offline world. Parents can expect their child to learn about:

  • Reduce child/youth victimization by teaching children effective personal safety strategies.
  • Build resiliency skills (i.e. assertiveness, self-awareness, social-emotional competence, problem-solving, critical thinking, and low-risk choice making skills).
  • Encourage children to report concerning experiences and behaviours.
  • Provide messaging to those who have experienced abuse that they are not to blame.
  • Enhance communication between parents and children about personal safety.

In-person and/or virtual

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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 support.

Knowing how to keep yourself safe is an essential step in independence we hope all our children learn. Safety skills are knowing when something or someone is safe, and when it is not. Safety skills are important in all aspects of daily living. There are several environmental events that could lead to the injury or death of a child; this can include both the physical environment and the behaviours of others. Safety threats in the physical environment can include poisoning, traffic, and pedestrian accidents, burns and drowning. Safety threats from the behaviour of others can include cybersafety, luring, abduction, and sexual abuse. The probability of children encountering most of these threats is unlikely, but they are still highly dangerous experiences if they encounter them.

There are many safety skills a child can learn for example, having your child learn to respond to their name, understanding and responding to simple instructions such as “stop,” “wait,” or “come here,” and practicing walking next to a parent or guardian and holding their hand. Learning about how to be ‘safe’ online and within social media aps is another example.

Some children are at a greater risk for harm. These risks may be due to a difficulty with communication and social interactions. This might lead to potentially limiting the development of independent skills in a child. If our children are taught what to do if they encounter a safety threat, they will be better able to protect themselves and become less reliant on others.

At ABI, we are committed to  empowering our students and their families by using  an   excellent safety curriculum that is individually tailored to your child’s needs from childhood to adulthood. 

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