Small Group &
Making friends & building your village
Social and emotional skill development can be incredibly frustrating and overwhelming to address. Our ABA small-group programs are designed to provide learning opportunities for these skills in a fun format with peers of similar ages, interests, and abilities. These programs consist of weekly group ABA therapy sessions with programs to track progress over time. Assessments may be suggested to assist in the identification of deficits and the creation of program goals. Each week, groups practice these predetermined skills through activities such as games, crafts, experiments, watching and discussing a movie, and more!
Scroll down to view the group learning & social skills options below.
Virtual Social Skills
When we are not able to meet in-person (due to current restrictions or proximity, for example), social skills group programs will be offered virtually. When required, online programs give the opportunity for children to continue to practice these important skills and to maintain the friendships that have been developed within the groups.
Typically, these programs are 1 hour in length and are run during after-school hours on Zoom. Weekly programs consist of an interactive component (e.g., a craft, activity, or worksheet), and lesson components (e.g., videos, questions, pictures, activities, etc.) displayed through Zoom.
Groups are limited to a minimum of 3 children and maximum of 6 children attending to ensure sufficient time for each child to engage with the group leader as well as their peers.
Building your village.
Our Pre-School Readiness program (successfully running since the start of the 2020/2021 school year!) is an active group for early learners which focuses on 1:1 ABA programs/individual learning, as well as group learning skills such as sharing, classroom routines, and listening to a story. Throughout the morning, children work directly 1:1 with their therapist on their current targets as well as attend interspersed 'circle times’, group activities at the big table, and opportunities to practice turn taking/sharing and other peer interactions.
This program is offered to our 1:1 ABA clients, who have the option to add this pre-school group in addition to your current 1:1 ABA hours, or have this group replace their 1:1 ABA hours.
Meeting time: weekday mornings from 9am - 12pm at St. Paul’s United Church in Ajax.
Social Skills (General/After School)
During the school day, kids get to hang out with their classmates during recess and lunch break. For students who struggle with social skills, these interactions may be challenging and confusing. Our after school social skills groups attempt to bridge this gap by giving kids the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers in a smaller groups setting. Peer groups are created with children who have similar interests and skill-levels, while practicing individualized skills related to social skills (e.g., conversations), play skills (e.g., wining and losing games, turn taking), and group learning skills (e.g., following group instructions, following peer instructions, etc.).
Program targets are selected based on family goals, observed areas of need, or based on assessments. Some skills being worked on include appropriate winning and losing, maintaining a conversation, cooperation with peers, and following group instructions.
Currently being offered on Tuesday & Thursday from 4-6 pm
Social Skills - School Breaks!
Initially developed as a ‘Summer Camp’ program, our ‘School Break’ groups occur when public schools are on holiday (e.g., March break, Winter break, PA days, Summer, etc.). This program focuses on building social skills while engaging in fun group activities and games, as well as giving kids the opportunity to connect with their friends during their time off from school.
Check out our Instagram for a highlight of last summer’s fun activities!
Breathe & Focus
There isn’t a person in this world who hasn’t encountered a really big feeling when things haven’t gone quite right. In Breathe & Focus, our goal is to help children develop emotional regulation skills and knowledge so that they are able to respond to challenging situations in appropriate and effective ways. Using the “Zones of Regulation” in combination with ABA-based curriculums, students in this group will learn about how different emotions feel in their body, what it means to be flexible, how to identify some of their self-talk, strategies to help themselves feel calmer, and more.
This group is a 16-lesson program with each session building on the information shared in the previous week. Shorter ‘focus groups’ may be developed in the future to allow for more targeted group learning on topics such as “flexibility” or “tracking my choices”.
Covid-19 Notice: Please note that due to Covid-19 and the fluctuating numbers in Ontario, some services may not be available, or may be altered in their format to ensure the safety and well-being of both clients and staff. We are all working together to create a safer way to provide ABA services during these unprecedented times. If a service that you are interested in is not currently available, please connect with us to be placed on a call list for when services resume.
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