Group-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Services

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Group-based ABA Services

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 Disorders (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.

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Emotions & Me!

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

In this 10-week virtual program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) aged six to 10, participants will develop skills for learning how to express negative emotions, recognizing and coping with difficult emotions, emotional perspective taking, and calming strategies.

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

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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 Disorders (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 build and sustain 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. Each 60-minute session will be held virtually through our secure video conferencing platform.

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PEERS® for teens

Help your teen learn new ways of making and keeping friends! 

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for teens is an internationally acclaimed program used in over 35 countries.  PEERS® is a 14-week evidenced-based social skills group for motivated teens aged 13 – 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. At the same time, parents attend sessions and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. 

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 
  • Be a good sport 
  • Handle arguments and disagreements 
  • Change a bad reputation 
  • Handle rumors and gossip 
  • Handle rejection, teasing and bullying 

Each 90-minute session will be offered virtually through our secure video conferencing platform and includes: 

  • Weekly group training for your teen, and 
  • Weekly group parent training/information sessions 

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

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