Our early intervention programs combine both table time and natural learning environments depending on the learning activity and targeted skill.Table time provides an opportunity for your child to learn with fewer distractions. A child led approach provides opportunities for your child to learn the natural consequences of cause and effect behaviours such as requesting an item prior to receiving it. Environments are arranged to stimulate interest through the use of preferred items, desired activities and novel items.This provides your child with the opportunity to engage in activities of their choosing.Play skills and social skills are also targeted and incorporated throughout your child's program.
A video of Jack was featured on our home page. Some may view it and think that Jack is easy to teach because he doesn't exhibit the behavioural challenges typically associated with autism.
Press the play button to watch a video of Jack during the early days of his program.
Press the play button to watch a video of Jack a couple of months later.
The following curricular areas have been identified as essential skills to develop in children with autism and are included in our early intervention programs.
Attending Skills: A common feature of autism is significant difficulty with interpreting and prioritizing external and internal stimuli.
Joint Attention Skills: The ability to coordinate attention between another person and an object or event in the environment is an important foundation for language development and is considered a core deficit of autism.
Imitation: Imitation is a critical developmental skill as learning throughout life is based on the foundation of being able to imitate. The ability to imitate impacts learning in all areas, including social skills and communication.
Communication: Children with autism exhibit significant communication difficulties in both their abilities to comprehend and to express language appropriately.
Play Skills with Toys: Children with autism exhibit marked difficulty engaging in appropriate play skills with toys. Repetitive actions and rigid routines with toys is markedly different than imaginative play.
Social Play/Social Relations: A core feature of autism is difficulty understanding and engaging in social interactions.
At times it may be easy to anticipate and respond to the wants and needs of a non-verbal child, even though the child may not exhibit intentional communication. A core goal of our early intervention program is to develop meaningful communication skills (i.e. purpose, intent, and desire). Our program provides your child with lots of opportunities that require interaction with others in order to get their wants and needs met. Our programs encourage both verbal and non-verbal communication based on your child's ability.