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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)-based services in the home, school, and daycare.

As Ontario Autism Program (OAP) service providers and in collaboration with OAP professionals we will ensure families are key partners in the assessment, goal-setting and intervention planning process for their child.

The Speech Associates provides ABA Therapy that is individualized for Autism Spectrum Disorder based on the functional needs of the child and the family. Our therapy methods are directed towards helping each individual to increase their overall independence and improve their quality of life. We also provide education, training, treatment, and consultation services to private schools, agencies, and individual families.

Behavioural Services and Supports

Behavioural services and supports are intervention services based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). These services are evidence-based, supported by research and use methods based on scientific principles of learning and behaviour to help people:

  • learn new behaviours using a "communicative skill building" approach that supports children's learning, language, and problem solving.
  • increase adaptive behaviours that may be occurring too infrequently (including daily living and social domains).
  • decrease problematic behaviours (e.g., behaviours that negatively impact everyday activities).
  • Camperdown Method

The Speech Associates team provides accessible, comprehensive and family centered ABA therapy services in homes, schools and daycare facilities across Ontario. Our in-home applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapy for children with Autism consists of highly flexible and functional programs that replace or supplement centre based care. In-home therapy also facilitates parent/caregiver training, a necessary component of any ABA program.

We work with families to:

  • Identify specific behavioral concerns at home
  • Perform a functional assessment of problem behaviors
  • Develop behavior plans for home
  • Consult on school problems
  • Develop behavior plans to build skills, such as social and communication skills

In-home ABA therapy provides the ideal setting for teaching children with ASD daily living and household skills, as it allows the applied behaviour analyst to implement interventions in the setting where the behaviour will take place. ABA therapy may be most effective when taught in a natural environment instead of a simulated one. Many applied behaviour analysts find that providing in-home therapy to children with autism facilitates learning and decreases undesirable behaviors because the ABA services are delivered in an atmosphere the child finds safe, familiar, and non-threatening.

ABA interventions are based on scientific research and the direct observation and measurement of behaviour and the environment. This ensures that programs are developed, monitored by our BCBAs on an ongoing basis and refined based on objective rather than subjective information.

The practice of behaviour analysis expressly excludes psychological assessments for the purposes of: diagnosis, psycho-educational assessments, speech therapy, occupational therapy, diagnosis of a mental or physical disorder, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, long-term counseling as treatment modalities, and any other treatment, therapy, or technique that does not meet the definition above.

Clinically Appropriate and Supervised

Services will be clinically appropriate based on the child’s needs.

Services will include clinical supervision by: Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA or BCBA-D) with experience supervising the delivery of ABA-based services and supports for children diagnosed with ASD.

Our experienced therapists offer ABA therapy services for autism in the following locations: Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, Woodbridge, Milton, Oakville, Hamilton, St. Catharines, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Contact Speech Associates to find out how our ABA therapists can help.

For more information contact our main office at: 416 800 4259 for a consultation with a speech-pathologist or email us at: