Early Intervention Services (ESDM)

Ages 18 months to 4 years

Early Intervention Services (ESDM) emphasis is on learning that is relationship based, and focuses on social and communication taught through play. Early joint attention and social reciprocation skills are building blocks that establish learning readiness for children who can then transition into other ABA programming. This is a significant area of need for early learners.

  • Designed specifically for children 18 months to 4 years old
  • Teaching skills using Joint Activity Routines from the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) 
  • Completing the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VBMAPP) and incorporating aspects of the ESDM Curriculum Checklist
  • Focus on naturalistic teaching involving dyadic social interactions in the context of play routines
  • Comprehensive curriculum that is developmentally sequenced
  • Relationship-based intervention, children are encouraged to initiate interaction (i.e. following the child’s lead and interests)
  • Social reciprocation and shared initiation of social engagement
  • Parental involvement is strongly encouraged in the therapeutic process
  • Program will be supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with training in ESDM.

For more information on research about ESDM please visit the UC Davis MIND Institute website.

18 Months to 4 Years
Ages 3.5 to 11 Years

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) - 1:1 ABA Therapy

Ages 3.5 to 11 years

ABA therapy for autism is a system of teaching which focuses on increasing a range of skills and decreasing challenging behaviours that interfere with a child’s learning.

ABA treatment for autism is an evidenced based approach; it is individualized for each child focusing on the areas of learning specific to that child.

Teaching goals are developed based on a curriculum assessment and family input and include

  • Language
  • Communication
  • Pre-academic
  • Imitation
  • Self help
  • Social skills
Service Details
  • Reports provided as per industry standard
  • Sessions range from 8 to 30 hours per week
  • Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Centre-based, home-based, schools, or daycare

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) - 1:1 ABA Therapy

Ages 12 to 18 years

This ABA workshop is designed for adolescent leaners who require 1:1 teaching. It is individualized, incorporating academic support where appropriate.

Teaching goals are developed based on a curriculum assessment and family input and include

  • Social Skills
  • Language & Communication
  • Self help
  • Reduction of unwanted behaviours
Service Details
  • Reports provided as per industry standard
  • Sessions held in centre-based setting
  • Day, after school and Saturday
  • Sessions minimum is 4 hours, 1 to 3 times a week
Ages 12 to 18 years
Ages 3-5 Years

ABA Classrooms - Preschool/Kindergarten

Ages 3 to 5 years

Our classroom program focuses on interactive play skills, social interaction, communication, functional routines, behavioural self- management, and preacademic skills.

The Benefits of AlphaBee’s Classroom:

  • Prepares the child to learn in a larger group environment and to follow classroom routines
  • Option for 1:1 support within a group
  • Receive individualized programming
  • Targets learning in small group
  • Generalize skills that were taught in 1:1 in a group setting
  • Combine ABA and educational assessments and curriculums
  • Focus on peer interactions and building friendships

The classroom will facilitate an environment which will support children in developing skills needed for participation in a school classroom. The preschool/kindergarten classroom will consist of a smaller group of 4-6 children with 2-3 clinicians taking turns leading various lessons and activities.

For children who do not meet the requirements for Group Learning, a 1:1 support option is available.

Service Details:

  • Classes run 2, 3, or 5 days per week with full or half day options available.
  • Classrooms are ongoing with rolling admissions.
  • This program is available at our Etobicoke and Hamilton locations.

Prerequisite Skills for Group Learning (see notes below for 1:1):

  • Plays independently for 5-10 minutes
  • Communication system to communicate needs and wants
  • Minimal to no challenging behaviour*
  • Minimal to no assistance required for toileting (may need reminders to go)

Note About Toileting – Children still in pull ups will be encouraged to use the toilet on a set schedule (e.g. every 2 hours) and changed if soiled. While we don’t work on toilet training intensely in this program, we do have the children practice a toileting routine periodically. If toilet training is a goal, your child may attend the classroom with a 1:1 therapist.

*Note About Prerequisites – if your child requires 1:1 support, they may attend the classroom with a 1:1 therapist.

To learn more about this program, please view this flyer.

ABA Classrooms - School Age

Ages 6 to 10 years

Our classroom program focuses on academic, cooperative play, communication, functional routines, social interactions and behavioural self-management.

The Benefits of AlphaBee’s Classroom:

  • Prepares the child to learn in a larger group environment and to follow classroom routines
  • Option for 1:1 support within a group
  • Receive individualized programming
  • Targets learning in small group
  • Generalize skills that were taught in 1:1 in a group setting
  • Combine ABA and educational assessments and curriculums
  • Focus on peer interactions and building friendships

The classroom will mimic the structure of a school classroom with a smaller group of four to six children with two to three clinicians taking turns leading various lessons and activities. Academic lessons will include reading, math and science, focusing on both group and independent work.

Service Details:

  • Classes run 2, 3, or 5 days per week with full or half day options available.
  • Classrooms are ongoing with rolling admissions.
  • This program is available at our Etobicoke and Hamilton locations.

Intermediate Prerequisite Skills:

  • Minimal to no problem behaviour
  • Minimal to no assistance required for toileting (may need reminders)
  • Plays independently for 5-10 minutes
  • Communication system to communicate needs and wants
  • Labels and identifies common objects and actions
  • Follows simple 1 and 2-step instructions.

To learn more about this program, please view this flyer.

Advanced Prerequisite Skills:

  • Completes independent work for 5-10 minutes
  • Plays independently for 5-10 minutes
  • Asks and responds to various wh- questions
  • Engages in minimal to no problem behaviour
  • Independent with daily self-care routines
  • Has an interest in peers

If your child does not meet the criteria above, please contact our intake coordinator to find out about other service options that may be available.

To learn more about this program, please view this flyer.

Ages 6-10 Years
Ages 3-5 Years

Social Skills Groups - Little Buddies

Want to build your play skills and have a blast in the process!?  Come join us for our Little Buddies Play Groups! Practice greeting others, following group instructions, taking turns with friends, requesting items from peers and more!  This is a great way to get your child used to having fun with their buddies and being successful in a small group environment. This group will also incorporate Fitness & Fun programming.

Prerequisites:

  • Independent toileting or in diapers
  • Follows simple instructions from adults without challenging behaviour, most of the time
  • Your child can tolerate being near peers without challenging behaviour
  • Your child does not engage in significant challenging behaviour

Service Details:

  • Date and Time: Sat 9:00am – 12:00pm (3h)
  • This program runs in 10-week blocks.
  • This service is only offered in Hamilton or Etobicoke.

For more information and to register, please contact us at 416 367 5968 or at info@alphabee.com.

Social Skills Group - Fun with Friends

Come build friendships and have fun playing games, doing science experiments and making crafts!  We will learn about cool and not cool behaviour, how to start and join a conversation, asking and answering questions with peers and other important skills for creating and maintaining friendships. This group will also incorporate Fitness & Fun programming.

Prerequisites:

  • Independent toileting
  • Independent eating
  • Can request wants/needs with 1-4 word sentences
  • Will participate in play activities with some assistance
  • Follows multiple instructions from adults without challenging behaviour
  • Can tolerate being near peers without challenging behaviour
  • Does not engage in significant challenging behaviour

Service Details:

  • Date and Time: Sat 8:30am – 12:30pm (4h)
  • This program runs in 10-week blocks.
  • This service is only offered in Hamilton or Etobicoke.

For more information and to register, please contact us at 416 367 5968 or at info@alphabee.com.

Ages 5+
Ages 6+ Years

Social Skills Group - Operation: Cooperation

Conversation skills can be challenging for the best of us!  Come hang out and learn conversation skills in a safe environment with peers who are working on similar skills.  Learn to maintain a conversation and to identify cool and not cool behaviours for different people and environments. This group may include any combination of Conversation Station, Cooperative Adventures, Minecraft Social Skills, and/or Fitness & Fun. The variation of the lengths of this program will be determined based on interest and needs of the group.

Prerequisites:

  • Participates in interactive and cooperative play with little support
  • Engages in conversations with adults and peers, but may struggle with maintaining the conversation
  • Follows multi-step group instructions
  • Can tolerate being near peers without challenging behaviour
  • Does not engage in significant challenging behaviour
  • Independent toileting
  • Independent eating

Service Details:

  • Morning Session: Sat 8:30am -12:30pm
  • Afternoon Session: Sat 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • This program runs in 10-week blocks.
  • This service is only offered in Hamilton or Etobicoke.

For more information and to register, please contact us at 416 367 5968 or at info@alphabee.com.

Cooperative Adventure Groups

Our Cooperative Adventure Groups offer an online ABA skill session for participants. They will work together as a team to complete adventure challenges, solve missions, and make group decisions.

Young adventurers will practice skills such as:

  • Teamwork
  • Cooperation
  • Cognitive Flexibility

Prerequisite Skills for Participants:

  • Cooperate in a group setting without challenging behaviour.
  • Sits at computer for at least 50 minutes without attempting to leave.
  • Has basic computer skills and follows multi-step instructions on the computer.
  • Can answer various WH- questions.
  • Can ask and make comments in a conversation.

Please note that this program is offered in-person in Social Skills Groups – Operation: Cooperation at our Hamilton and Etobicoke locations.

For more information and to register, please contact us at 416 367 5968 or at info@alphabee.com.

Ages 6+ Years
Ages 6+ Years

Minecraft Social Skills

Join Minecraft Social Skills and make this classic online game a great and fun way for young players to learn using ABA skills! Players will level up their social skills in online interaction, including teamwork, flexibility, cooperation, and more.

Prerequisite Skills for Participants:

  • Cooperate in a group setting without challenging behaviour.
  • Sits at computer for at least 50 minutes without attempting to leave.
  • Has basic computer skills and follows multi-step instructions on the computer.
  • Can answer various WH- questions.
  • Can ask and make comments in a conversation.

Please note that this program is offered in-person in Social Skills Groups – Operation: Cooperation at our Hamilton and Etobicoke locations.

For more information and to register, please contact us at 416 367 5968 or at info@alphabee.com.

Occupational Therapy (OT) Services

Our Occupational Therapy services can be added to your child’s ABA session or be booked as a stand-alone service.

OT can assist children with:

  • Fine motor/handwriting skills
  • Play and socialization
  • Organization and planning of motor skills
  • Sensory integration
  • Focus and attention
  • Behavioural management
  • Self-care/life skills
  • Use of adaptive equipment to assist in accessing school curriculum and environmental modifications in the home and school setting.

For more information, please view this flyer.

 

Classroom Website Materials
Classroom Website Materials

School and Camp Shadowing

To complement the standard home based and centre-based ABA, AlphaBee works collaboratively with our professional community to support children’s inclusions in other areas of life: school, daycare, camp and school trips.

At the request of parents/caregiver and in agreement with schools and daycare, we will:

  • Support transition from ABA to school
  • Shadow or observe a child in a setting and provide data and observation notes to the support team
  • Provide ABA consulting and strategies to maximize success in integration
  • Attend meetings as required
Goals are
  • Facilitate social interactions and child’s participation in group and/or individual activities
  • Promote independence and skill building by targeting specific goals
Service Details
  • Session are individualized based on need
  • Sessions are a minimum of 3 hours

Respite

Home and community respite services are provided through our sister company, wm+a. Please visit the wm+a website, or contact us at info@wmanda.com or 416 367 5968 for more information on the these and other services.