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How Home-based ABA Services Work: A Guide for Families 

Are you curious about how Kinark Autism Services Home-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) may help your child develop new skills? Wondering how to best prepare your home, your child, and yourself for these sessions? Discover everything you need to know about session scheduling, optimizing your environment, parent/caregiver involvement, and more. Read on to learn how to set your space up for success. 

Why Home-based ABA Services? 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation or inquire about our Home-based ABA Services. Home-based services support children with autism by enhancing communication, independence, play, self-help, and school readiness skills within the comfort of their home. Our experienced clinical team develops tailored support plans based on each child’s unique strengths and needs. Email us at or complete our service request form. 

Our family-centered, flexible approach teaches essential skills and addresses challenging behaviors across developmental domains. By working in the home environment, we ensure practical and applicable learning, fostering a comfortable atmosphere for the child to thrive. Parents and caregivers are actively involved, empowering them with strategies to support their child’s growth. 

Flexible Scheduling to Meet Your Needs 

Kinark’s Home-based ABA Services are designed to be flexible to fit into your busy schedule. Sessions are available from Monday to Saturday, with convenient time slots in the morning, afternoon, and after school from Monday to Thursday.  

  • Morning session: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Afternoon session: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 
  • After school session: 4 to 6 p.m.  

This variety ensures that we can find a time that works best for each family’s routine. 

Creating a Dedicated Space for Success 

For our sessions to be effective, it’s crucial to have a dedicated space in your home. This space can be in the basement, on the main floor, or even in your child’s bedroom. The key is to choose an area that suits your child’s unique goals and needs. Here are some considerations for creating the ideal learning environment: 

  • Limit Distractions: To maintain focus, the space should be free from unnecessary distractions and have minimal foot traffic. 
  • Flexibility: While the primary learning area should be consistent, short breaks and play opportunities are integrated into our sessions. During these breaks, we may use other parts of the home, like the backyard, if available. 
  • Snack Time: Breaks also include snack times, with snacks provided by the family, to ensure your child stays energized and engaged. 

Materials and Equipment 

Our team brings in specialized program materials tailored to your child’s ABA program. Additionally, we use toys and materials available in your home to create a familiar and comfortable learning environment. Any items brought in by our team will be stored in a locked box when not in use. This box may be stored in your home to keep the materials secure and readily available for each session. 

Keeping the Space Organized 

At the end of each session, our team, along with your child, will tidy up the dedicated space to ensure everything is put back in its place. This practice not only maintains order but also teaches your child responsibility and organization skills. 

Parent/Caregiver Involvement and Communication 

We believe in the importance of parent/caregiver involvement in the ABA process. However, to ensure sessions remain focused, we ask that parents refrain from chatting with the therapist during sessions. Instead, any questions or concerns should be directed to the Senior Therapist and/or Clinical Supervisor. These professionals observe and support sessions regularly but are available for more frequent communication as needed. 

Parent/Caregiver Coaching and Observation 

We can incorporate parent/caregiver coaching and observation into each session, coordinated with the Senior Therapist and/or Clinical Supervisor. This approach helps parents learn effective strategies to support their child’s progress outside of scheduled sessions. 

Home-based ABA services offer a flexible, personalized approach to supporting your child’s development. By dedicating a specific space in your home, limiting distractions, and maintaining open communication with our team, you can create an environment conducive to your child’s success. We are committed to working closely with you to ensure the best outcomes for your child. 

Photo of Tara Forletta, Senior Therapist at Kinark Child and Family Services

“I’ve always felt like my career would be one where I could help people in some capacity, either directly or indirectly. Being able to work as an Instructor Therapist and Senior Therapist at Kinark has allowed me to work with our amazing clients and families to achieve their goals and has been an incredibly rewarding experience that I hope to continue!” 

Tara Forletta, Senior Therapist

Photo of Abbena Ramesh, Instructor Therapist at Kinark Child and Family Services

“I recently graduated from the Honours Bachelor program of Behavioral Analysis at George Brown College, and since then I have had the pleasure of being welcomed into Kinark. I am very happy to be a part of the team and to help with the development of the children that we work with. My favourite part of my job would have to be getting to see the smiling faces of these bright young stars as they excel in their programs, leaving with newfound skills that will help them succeed in life.” 

Abbena Ramesh, Instructor Therapist 

Photo of Taylor Huculak, BCBA at Kinark Autism Services

“I value the opportunities I have to collaborate with our learners and their families to identify, achieve, and expand on socially significant goals. Ensuring the selected goals meet the needs of our learners is an integral part of our services. I love engaging with the learners and their families to discuss progress and better understand how this progress may expand beyond session, into their home and social life!” 

Taylor Huculak, Clinical Supervisor

“What I cherish most about my job is the opportunity to positively impact our learners’ lives while continuously learning and growing alongside them. It’s a privilege to be a part of and witness their progress and growth and how that impacts their lives and their families. Each individual presents unique challenges and opportunities for learning, which keeps my work dynamic and intellectually stimulating.” 

May Alomar, Instructor Therapist

“Seeing the observable advancement and good changes in the lives of the people I work with is my favourite aspect of my profession. Witnessing a youngster acquire new abilities, enhance their communication, and acquire greater independence is immensely satisfying. Every accomplishment, no matter how small, is evidence of their effort and tenacity. Since there is nothing being done for autistic children in my country, I have always found this to be an extremely sad issue and have always wished to take some small action to help them.” 
– Elham Hajakbari, Instructor Therapist

Benefits and Next Steps for Home-Based ABA Services  

Home-based ABA services provide a tailored, flexible approach to supporting your child’s development within the comfort of your own home. By preparing a dedicated space, minimizing distractions, and maintaining open communication with our team, you can foster an environment that maximizes your child’s success. The involvement of parents and caregivers is crucial, and we are here to guide you every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about our Home-based ABA programs or want to get in touch with our team, please visit our Home-based ABA Services page. Together, we can create a supportive and effective learning environment for your child. 

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