What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?
ABA is defined as the science of changing and/or improving socially significant behaviours.
It is a basic theory of learning, based on research that demonstrates that if a behaviour results in something we like, we are more likely to continue do it and if it results in nothing or something we dislike, we are less likely to continue doing it.
What are the goals of ABA?
To increase or decrease behaviour
To improve the quality of behaviour
To teach new behaviours
These 3 goals in conjunction are integral to a clinically effective and ethical ABA service.
Who works with my child?
Your child’s main frontline workers are our highly trained Instructor Therapists, both in a 1:1 therapy setting or in our group ABA programs.
Assessment and programming is designed and monitored by a dedicated Senior Therapist and Clinical Supervisor.
How are targets and goals of programming determined?
All targets and goals are individualized for each specific learner. We complete a variety of assessments, guided by the current learning level. For children in our 1:1 ABA program assessments are completed approximately every 6 months.
Is there an initial cost to meet and discuss services?
There is no initial fee to meet with our Intake Coordinator to discuss services and scheduling. It is important that all aspects of service are understood prior to signing up and starting service.
How can my child access the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)?
All children (up until 18 years old) in Ontario with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder are eligible for the OAP. Once a diagnosis has been made, parents can self refer to the waitlist for funding.
Who would benefit from AlphaBee's programs?
We have found success with children and youth with autism and other developmental disabilities. The principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis apply to anyone wanting to increase skills or decrease behaviour challenges.
What level of learner would benefit from AlphaBee's services?
AlphaBee works with all levels of learners, ranging from children with limited skills and who are non-vocal, to children with advanced language and pre-academic skills.
What age range does AlphaBee serve?
Our 1:1 programs, group ABA, school & camp support are geared to children and youth up to the age of 18.
AlphaBee's assessment and consultation services are applicable to children, youth and adults of any age.
What diagnoses do clients require to receive services from AlphaBee?
AlphaBee works with children with a variety of diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), and other developmental disabilities. We also work with neurotypical children with learning or behaviour challenges.
Does my child need to have a confirmed diagnosis to be eligible for services?
No. We can help children, youth or adults with a broad range of developmental exceptionalities, with or without a specific diagnosis.
How do I fund AlphaBee's services?
For those who are eligible, our services are aligned with the Ontario Autism Program requirements, and we have developed good working relationships with various government funding agencies.
All of our clients and families receive the same quality services whether they are paying privately, or who have received funding from an outside charity or agency.
How does AlphaBee ensure quality services?
AlphaBee is committed to providing quality ABA programs.
Our senior clinical team consists of a Clinical Lead and three Clinical Supervisors who work together to oversee overall programming, and who are clinically responsible for services provided.
Our Senior Therapists regularly support and provide 1:1 training and feedback to our Instructor Therapists.
What is AlphaBee's commitment to professional development?
AlphaBee is committed to regular professional development for all members of the clinical team.
We hold monthly team meetings, during which current programming is reviewed, along with training in new approaches and review of clinical research.
We regularly host workshops and organize a yearly conference for not only our staff, but also for other ABA professionals (click here for a list of our previous conferences).
What are the hours of operation?
ABA services typically run Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:30pm and on Saturdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm, and our ABA groups run evenings and weekends.
Our Intake Coordinator is available to speak Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For in service families, our scheduling team is available Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 10:00 pm, and Saturday to Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.