Group-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Services

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Group-based ABA Services

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, 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
  • Weekly parent check-ins and consultations on an as-needed basis
  • An assessment of your child’s strengths and needs
  • Opportunities to identify individual goals and develop 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 $650 and will run once a week for 10 weeks in the fall of 2021. 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 September 24, 2021.

Please note: Our services are eligible for purchase through an Ontario Autism Program (OAP) childhood budget, interim one-time funding (IOTF), and some private insurance providers. Please speak with our Service Representative for more information.


Let’s Be Friends!

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

In this 10-session virtual program 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), Let’s Be Friends! uses 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 offers:

  • 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

Cost: This 10-session program has a cost of $550 and will run two times a week for five weeks in the fall of 2021. Each 60-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 September 24, 2021.

Please note: Our services are eligible for purchase through an Ontario Autism Program (OAP) childhood budget, interim one-time funding (IOTF), and some private insurance providers. Please speak with our Service Representative for more information.


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

Cost: This 12-week workshop has a cost of $900 and will run in the fall of 2021. We are currently conducting screenings/interviews to determine eligibility and suitability for this group. Please complete the online interest form below by September 24, 2021.

Please note: Our services are eligible for purchase through an Ontario Autism Program (OAP) childhood budget, interim one-time funding (IOTF), and some private insurance providers. Please speak with our Service Representative for more information.


Speak Up, Listen Up
A Language for Learning® Group

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

Language for Learning® is an evidence-based program designed to minimize errors in communication leading to higher confidence, greater motivation to learn, and more participation at school. This program uses step-by-step lessons to help increase your child’s motivation to participate and learn. During each virtual group session, children learn to express their ideas and understand others!

In this two week, 10-session virtual program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged four to eight, participants will participate in activities to strengthen communication and school-readiness skills including:

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

Supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Speak Up, Listen Up offers:

• An assessment of your child’s strengths and needs
• Weekly group sessions with our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapists
• 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 similar-aged peers

Cost: $550 for 10, one-hour sessions. Groups will be held 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!


Group Readiness

Help your child develop important social skills with Kinark’s Group Readiness program!

Social skill development can be challenging for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and group learning is a great way to learn and practice these skills. Parents and caregivers play an important role in the development of core social skills that are necessary for group engagement.

This virtual readiness group offers a collaborative approach to teaching social skills in both a lecture-based forum for parents and caregivers, as well as eight bi-weekly group sessions for both caregiver and child.  This combination of information sharing, and hands-on experiential learning helps to facilitate the best outcomes for your child when participating in groups going forward.

The focus of the lecture-based sessions will include:

  • Basic principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • Behavioural Skills Training (BST)
  • Role play and rehearsal

The focus of the group sessions will target:

  • Online skills (virtual platform rehearsal)
  • Listening and following directions
  • Greetings
  • Transitions
  • Imitation
  • Turn taking
  • Group tolerance
  • Joining games
  • Asking and giving help

Format: This virtual group consists of two parent training sessions that are each two-hours in length, as well as eight, 45-minute group sessions. Parents are required to accompany their child for each group session and rehearse the skills introduced each week outside of these sessions. This group will run throughout the summer of 2021. Session dates and times to be confirmed based on the number of participants.

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

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