Early Intervention (Under 6)
Early Intervention services are provided in home-settings by a team of Behaviour Interventionists (BIS) that work under the supervision of a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) to provide intensive, high quality therapy several times a week. We help connect families with passionate, caring and highly skilled interventionists who are the right fit for their team.
A complete developmental assessment will be carried out by the BCBA which encompasses all areas of development. In partnership with the family and other key team members (including speech pathologists and occupational therapists), we will develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses areas of concern and family priorities. The BCBA will provide ongoing support and training to the family and the team, monitor progress and update goals. Monthly team meetings are provided in order to discuss progress and goals.
School-aged Intervention (6-19)
We offer a variety of different service options for children and teens who are of school age. Skills worked on include self-regulation, social skills, academic skills, executive function, life skills and preparation for transition to adulthood. Recommendations on structure will be made on an individual basis depending on the needs of the child and the family.
Behaviour Interventionist/Consultant Model
A treatment plan developed by the consultant is implemented by a trained behaviour interventionist in weekly sessions as funding allows. The BCBA monitors progress and updates the program as needed, and ongoing support and training to the team.
Direct Sessions with the BCBA
The behaviour analyst may at times directly with clients depending on the needs of the client to work on key skills in partnership with families.
We are available to consult with your child’s school team on curriculum adaptations and modifications, and to help bridge the gap between home and school. We are also available for classroom observations and can assist with development of positive behaviour support plans to support your child’s needs.
Positive Behaviour Support
Positive Behaviour Support is focused on preventing challenging behaviours and teaching replacement behaviours in order to bring about meaningful change and improvements in quality of life for families. A positive behaviour support plan is developed in partnership with families and other key people in the child’s life. We will sit down with you to discuss your child’s challenges in depth so that we can get a clear understanding of what is happening. We will also spend time with you and your child, so we can get to know you and develop a support plan that is the best fit for you. Positive behaviour support plans will involve teaching adaptive behaviours such as language, self regulation and social skills as replacements for challenging behaviours. We are available to help families develop plans to address challenges with complex behaviours such as feeding and sleep.
We offer group programs in a variety of different areas. All groups are subject to enrollment and will run when we have enough participants. If you are interested in signing your child up for one of these groups, please contact us for more information or fill out an intake questionnaire online.
Seasonal group programs available. Click for a list of our current offerings.
Accept - Identify - Move (AIM)
AIM is an evidenced based program for all children struggling with social and emotional challenges including anxiety, regardless of diagnosis. This program blends the approaches of Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Applied Behaviour Analysis and focuses on teaching strategies for managing difficult emotions and building self-esteem and self confidence. This program requires a year long commitment from the learner and their caregiver with scheduled breaks throughout the year. Prerequisite skills include strong verbal skills and the ability to actively participate in a group with minimal disruptive behaviours. This program is offered for 3 different age ranges - 7-10 years, 10-13 years and 14-17 years.
Ready to Play
This is an early developmental playgroup for that focuses on teaching early social skills such as joint attention, turn taking, waiting and participating in a group. With a 1:1 or 2:1 staff ratio, children are provided with a high level of support as they develop these critical skills. The program runs in 10-week intervals throughout the year.
This program is based on the WeThinkers Level 1 social thinking curriculum for younger learners. Children will embark on weekly adventures that include travelling to space and under the sea. Through play, they will build skills in the following areas:
Recognizing Basic Emotions
Following the group plan
Following eye gaze
Understanding non-verbal language
Self-regulation and relaxation skills
Children's Friendship Training
Children’s Friendship Training is a social skills program for children in Grades 2 to 6, who have a hard time developing and maintaining friendships. This program sets itself apart from other social skills training programs by including and empowering parents through the teaching process. During 1-hour sessions, it covers topics that will help children make and keep friends by teaching concrete skills with specific steps.
Skills taught include:
Joining groups at play
Being a good sport
Being a good host on a play date
PEERS is an evidence based 14-week social skills program that teaches middle and high school students (grades 7-12) with social challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and Anxiety.
Program Topics Include:
How to use appropriate conversation skills
How to find common interests by trading information
How to appropriately use humor
How to handle rejection, teasing and bullying
How to be a good host during get-togethers
How to choose appropriate friends
How to be a good sport
How to handle arguments and disagreements
How to change a bad reputation
These groups are primarily focused on improving conversation skills with peers through fun activities and ongoing modelling and practice. This group is offered in two age groups: 7-12 years and 12-16 years. The groups will run throughout the year and families have the option of joining a group at any time if their child is a good fit. Skills addressed will include:
Starting and ending a conversation
Maintaining a conversation
Sharing a conversation
Direct and indirect language
Using brain filters
Understanding humour and sarcasm
Workshops and Training
We periodically offer workshops and training opportunities that are open to community members wishing to learn more about the principles behind behavioural therapy and support.
On April 4th, 2023 we will be co-hosting an Understanding Behaviours workshop at the Pemberton & District Public Library at 6:30 PM, and on April 29th, 2023 we will be offering a Sleep Workshop at the Squamish Public Library from 1 - 3 PM.