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Group-based ABA Services

Let’s Be Friends

Help your child enhance their social skills with Kinark’s Let’s Be Friends program.
Registration is open for our winter 2022 groups!

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. There are two groups available to support the needs of families:

Let’s Be Friends: Group Readiness

  • Virtual learning (and navigating a virtual platform
  • Attending to instructions in a group format
  • Increasing tolerance to group participation
  • Joining and leaving games appropriately
  • Initiating and responding to greetings
  • Transitioning between activities
  • Asking for and providing help
  • Following group instructions
  • Motor and verbal imitation
  • Effective turn-taking

Format: This virtual program will consist of two parent training sessions and eight participant group sessions. Caregivers are required to support their child during each group session and to practice learned skills with their child throughout the week. Sessions will be offered through our secure video conferencing platform and will run twice a week for five weeks in the winter of 2022.

Let’s Be Friends: Friendship Skills

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

Format: This virtual program will consist of 10 group sessions. Each 60-minute session will be offered virtually through our secure video conferencing platform. Sessions will be offered after school, twice a week, for five weeks in winter 2022.

These programs offer:

  • Weekly group sessions with our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) clinicians
  • 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

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

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. Please complete the online interest form below by January 28, 2022.


Emotions & Me

Help your child enhance their emotional regulation skills with Kinark’s Emotions and Me program.
Registration is open for our winter 2022 group!

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. Please complete the online interest form below by January 28, 2022.


Speak Up, Listen Up
A Language for Learning® Group

Help your child improve their communication skills with Kinark’s Speak Up, Listen Up virtual group!

Language for Learning® is a 10-session, evidence-based program designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged four to eight establish the building blocks of listening, comprehension and communication.

In a small group, this program uses step-by-step lessons to minimize errors in communication, leading to higher confidence, greater motivation to learn and more participation at school. During each virtual group session, children will learn to express their ideas and understand others!

Supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), participants will engage in activities to strengthen communication and school readiness skills including:

  • Answering questions
  • Following instructions
  • Speaking in sentences
  • Participating in a group
  • Completing independent activities
  • Understanding what others are saying

This program offers:

  • A summary report of your child’s progress
  • An assessment of your child’s strengths and needs
  • Supplementary worksheets for practice between sessions
  • Group sessions with our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapists
  • Opportunities to identify individual goals and develop specific skills within a group format

Cost: $550 for 10, 60-minute sessions. This group will run twice a week in the fall of 2021 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Groups will be offered virtually through our secure video conferencing platform.

Individual sessions are also available – costs will vary. Please speak with our Service Representative to learn more.

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


PEERS® School-Based Curriculum for Teens

Help your teen with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn new ways of making and keeping friends!

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for teens is internationally acclaimed and used in over 35 countries. School-based PEERS® is a 12-week 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 receive important weekly 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 humor 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 90-minute session will be offered virtually through our secure video conferencing platform and includes: 

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

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

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