Group-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Services

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Group-based ABA Services

Kinark Autism Services offers a variety of group programs for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their caregivers. These groups are developed and delivered by our experienced clinicians to help support skill development in different areas, such as social and play skills, emotional regulation, communication, and more! Click on the links below to jump to a desired group to read more.


March Break Camps – New!

We are excited to announce that Kinark Autism Services will be offering March Break camps!  

This in-person camp combines fun activities with evidence-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies to support the skill development of your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

Supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and facilitated by our team of experienced clinical staff, our March Break camp offers:

  • Fun and interactive circle and story times for younger children 
  • Games, sports, and fun activities for older children  
  • Opportunities to practice play and social skills with other children, while being supported by staff using ABA strategies 
  • Exposure to new toys, people and activities 
  • Reports of daily camp activities and your child’s participation  

This program will take place from Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17, 2023.   

Sessions

Morning session:

  • 9 am – 12 pm  
  • Cost: $825  

Afternoon session:

  • 12:45 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Cost: $825  

Full-day session:

  • 9am – 3:45pm  
  • Cost: $1855  

Locations

Markham ABA Centre

Oshawa ABA Centre

Screening for this group is now open! 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. To get started, please complete the interest form below. 


Children’s Friendship Training – New!

Children’s Friendship Training is a 10-week evidence-based program for children aged seven to 12 who have trouble making or keeping friends.

During each group session, children are taught important social skills and given the opportunity to practice these skills. Weekly assignments are provided to help them practice and apply these skills outside of session, as well as parent sessions to help parents coach their children to apply these skills in the real world.

Our team of skilled facilitators, including Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), will teach your child how to:

  • Make a good first impression
  • Converse with other children
  • Find common interests with other children
  • Play fairly and be gracious when winning or losing
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Handle rejection and teasing
  • Join other children at play
  • Be a good host on a playdate
  • Show respect to other children and adults

Parent participation is a vital component of the Children’s Friendship Training program and allows for the concepts and strategies learned in group to be implemented in the community. 

Cost: This 10-week program has a cost of $900. 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.

Delivery and Dates: This in-person program will be held at our Barrie location (10 Murray Street, Barrie, ON, L4N 2X2). It will start on January 26, 2023 and run every Thursday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm for 10 weeks (no class on March 16). Child/parent sessions will run at the same time.

Screening for this group is now open! 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. To get started, please complete the interest form below.


Kids Klub

Help your child enhance their social skills with Kinark’s Kids Klub program.

In these 10-session programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged four 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 Kids Klub programs use evidence-based strategies embedded within a variety of engaging games and activities to teach social skills.

Cost: This program has a cost of $600 for virtual delivery and $750 for in-person delivery. 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.

Delivery: Virtual and in-person options are available for this program. To express your interest for an in-person group, please complete the interest form below

Virtual Group Dates

Winter 2023

  • February 6 to March 20, 2023 (no class on Feb. 20, March 13, March 15)
  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Runs for five weeks, two 60-minute sessions each week

March Break 2023

  • March 13 to March 17, 2023 (during the week of March Break)
  • Monday to Friday from 10 am to 12 pm
  • Runs for a week with five sessions

In-person Group Dates – Saturday morning!

Winter 2023

  • Oak Ridges Centre (12960 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill)
  • Runs from January 28, 2023 to February 25, 2023
  • Saturdays from 9:30 am to 11:30am
  • Runs for five weeks, a two-hour session each week

Screening for this group is now open! 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. To get started, please complete the interest form below.


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 12, 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
  • 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 $800. 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. 

Delivery: Each 90-minute session will be held virtually through our secure video conferencing platform.

Virtual Group Dates

  • January 25, 2023 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm every Wednesday for 10 weeks 

Screening for this group is now open! 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. To get started, please complete the interest form below.


PEERS® 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. PEERS® is an evidence-based social skills group for motivated teens 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

Delivery: Each 90-minute session will be held virtually through our secure video conferencing platform.

Virtual Group Dates

Winter 2023

  • January 31 to March 2, 2023
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 pm
  • Runs for five weeks, two 90-minute sessions each week

March Break 2023

  • March 13 to March 17, 2023 (during the week of March Break)
  • Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Runs for a week with five sessions

Spring 2023

  • May 2 to June 1, 2023
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 pm
  • Runs for five weeks, two 90-minute sessions each week

Cost: This 10-session program has a cost of $800. 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. 

Screening for this group is now open! 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. To get started, please complete the interest form below.


Ready, Set, Play! – Social Skills Group

Help your child enhance their social and play skills with Kinark’s Ready, Set, Play! program.

Playtime has never been more fun! This is an interactive, in-person six-week program for young children aged two to four with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their parents. Supervised by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Ready, Set, Play! combines fun activities with evidence-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies. 

This program offers:

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

Cost: This program is offered at no cost to eligible families registered in the Ontario Autism Program.

Barrie Location

10 Murray Street,
Barrie, ON, L4N 2X2

  • January 17, 2023: Runs every Tuesday for six weeks from 11 am to 12 pm
  • January 19, 2023: Runs every Thursday for six weeks from 11 am to 12 pm

Oshawa Location

1521 Simcoe Street North,
Oshawa, ON, L1G 4X8

  • Check back soon for new dates!

Screening for this group is now open! To get started, please complete the interest form below.


First Words

Help your child enhance their early communication skills with Kinark’s First Words language program.

This 10-week program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged two to six helps learners develop their early communication skills through individualized communication methods. During each two-hour group session, children will practice communicating their wants and needs with therapists and peers through play-based activities.

This program offers:

  • Interactive, play-based teaching strategies
  • Opportunities for your child to expand their requesting skills
  • Teaching ways to communicate without challenging behaviours
  • Exposure to new toys, people and activities

This program includes:

  • Two weekly small group sessions with our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapists
  • Opportunities to identify individual goals and develop communication skills
  • Two parent coaching sessions to learn strategies to help your child communicate (one in-person and one virtual group session)
  • Program supervision by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • An assessment of your child’s strengths and needs
  • A summary report of your child’s progress

Cost: This 10-week program has a cost of $1,900. 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.

Delivery and Dates: Each two-hour session will be offered twice a week in-person at one of our ABA centre locations.

In-person Session Dates

  • Barrie: Starting spring 2023 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm every Tuesday/Thursday for 10 weeks 
  • Oshawa: Starting spring 2023 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm every Wednesday/Thursday for 10 weeks 

Screening for this group is now open! 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. To get started, please complete the interest form below.

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