Group-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Services

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First Friends – Social Skills Group

Help your child enhance their social and play skills with Kinark’s First Friends program!
First Friends is offered at no cost to eligible families in the OAP.

Playtime has never been more fun! This interactive four-week program for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged two to four will help your child develop their social and play skills.

Supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), First Friends combines fun activities with evidence-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies to meet your child’s individual needs.

This program offers:

  • Interactive, play-based learning with caregiver and child in a small group format
  • Opportunity to practice play and social skills with other children
  • Exposure to new toys and ways to play
  • Fun and interactive circle and story times

During each 60-minute session, while children play with peers, their caregiver(s) receive specific coaching and strategies to support their child’s social and play skills.

Sorry, registration for this program is currently closed. Check back soon for new dates!


PEERS® for Teens

Help your teen with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn new ways of making and keeping friends! Screening is now open for our PEERS® summer intensive program.

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for teens is internationally acclaimed and used in over 35 countries. PEERS® is an evidence-based social skills group for motivated teens aged 12 – 18 who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends.

During each virtual group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. This group offers a safe and supportive environment to learn, rehearse and problem solve these vital social skills. Parents and/or caregivers participate in an orientation to the program and will receive information about the daily homework and strategies.

Our team of skilled PEERS® certified clinicians, including Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), will teach your teen how to:

  • Use appropriate conversational skills
  • Use humour appropriately
  • Use electronic communication
  • Enter and exit conversations
  • Be a good host during get-togethers
  • Handle arguments and disagreements
  • Handle rejection, teasing and bullying
  • Change a bad reputation
  • Handle rumors and gossip
  • Be a good sport

Each session will be offered virtually through our secure video conferencing platform and includes:

  • Daily group training for your teen
  • Parent/caregiver homework as follow up
  • Review of opportunities and rehearsal outside of the group

Format: This one-week intensive program will take place daily August 15 to 19, 2022 from 10 am to 1 pm. It will be delivered virtually via our secure videoconferencing platform.

Sorry, registration for this program is currently closed.


Let’s Be Friends

Help your child enhance their social skills with Kinark’s Let’s Be Friends program.

In these 10-session programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged five to 12, participants will develop the play and social skills necessary to build and sustain friendships. In a small group of peers, children will communicate and interact with others to learn and further improve their social skills.

Supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Kinark’s Let’s Be Friends programs use evidence-based strategies embedded within a variety of engaging games and activities to teach social skills with an emphasis on:

  • Facilitating interactions between your child and their same-aged peers
  • Developing healthy social interactions between your child and their peers
  • Expanding your child’s motivation to interact with others
  • Developing and expanding your child’s functional communication skills
  • Developing your child’s co-operative play, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills
  • Increasing your child’s skills to initiate and maintain conversations

This program offer:

  • Weekly group sessions with our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapists
  • An assessment of your child’s strengths and needs
  • Opportunities to identify individual goals and develop specific skills within a group format
  • A summary report of your child’s progress
  • Opportunities to build friendships with same-aged peers

Format: This 10-session program will run Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Each 60-minute session will be offered virtually through our secure videoconferencing platform.

Cost: This 10-session program has a cost of $550. Our services are eligible for purchase through Ontario Autism Program (OAP) core clinical services funding, Interim One Time Funding (IOTF), and some private insurance providers.

Sorry, screening for this group is closed. Please check back soon for new dates!


Emotions & Me

Help your child enhance their emotional regulation skills with Kinark’s Emotions and Me program.

In this 10-week program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged six to 10, participants will develop skills around recognizing difficult emotions, perspective-taking, expressing negative emotions, learning flexible thinking, and engaging in self-regulation strategies. In a small group of peers, children will communicate and interact with others to learn and further improve their emotional regulation skills.

Supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Emotions and Me uses evidence-based strategies embedded within a variety of engaging games and activities to teach emotional regulation skills with an emphasis on:

  • Recognizing various emotions and identifying what others may be feeling
  • Describing how individual emotions may look and feel
  • Learning ways to express negative emotions without challenging behaviour
  • Practicing mindfulness and various other strategies to relax when escalated
  • Learning about becoming more flexible in difficult and stressful situations

This program offers:

  • Weekly group sessions with our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapists
  • A one-hour parent education session to review the strategies provided within the group
  • Opportunities to identify individual goals and develop skills within a group format
  • Opportunities to build friendships with same-aged peers
  • An assessment of your child’s strengths and needs
  • A summary report of your child’s progress

Cost: This 10-session program for your child, plus a one-hour parent education component, has a cost of $650 and will run once a week for 10 weeks in the winter of 2022. Each 90-minute session will be held virtually through our secure video conferencing platform.

To ensure that your child is placed with appropriate peers, we are offering free virtual screening sessions to evaluate your child’s compatibility and group readiness skills.

Sorry, screening for this group is closed. Please check back soon for new dates!

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