ASD Intervention Services
Our specialized Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team consists of psychologists with knowledge and expertise in ‘gold standard’ assessment and evidence-based treatment for individuals with ASD across the lifespan. We offer practical and effective interventions that address the diverse communication, social, behavioural and mental health needs of individuals with ASD.
Our team’s treatment model is extensive, and includes interventions based on applied behaviour analysis (ABA), pivotal response treatment (PRT), positive behaviour support (PBS), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness.
Services are offered both in office and in the community (home, daycare, school, work settings), and include collaboration with other service providers (e.g., speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, etc.)
Parent Training in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) for Preschool-Aged Children:
Evidence clearly supports intervening early with preschool-aged children with ASD. We offer family and care provider training in PRT, a highly acclaimed research-based treatment for autism. PRT targets areas for intervention that are considered ‘pivotal’ (e.g., motivation to socially-communicate). It is largely play-based and child led – while learning, your child is also having fun.
In PRT, a major emphasis is placed on teaching parents and care providers strategies to intervene effectively with children within their daily routines.
Our PRT training is led by a Level V PRT trainer (certified through Koegel Autism Consultants Santa Barbara, California).
ASD Coaching and Consultation from Preschool to Adulthood:
We offer coaching and consultation for individuals with ASD and their care providers around a range of skills and challenges, including, but not limited to:
- Social-communication skills
- Emotional functioning (e.g., anxiety, depression)
- Social skills
- Play skills
- Daily living and self-help skills (e.g., toileting, dressing, sleeping and eating challenges)
- School-based skills and executive functioning (e.g., motivation for academic tasks, organization at home, school and work)
- Planning and reaching goals (e.g., employment, post-secondary education, independent living)
- Self-advocacy skills
- Processing the ASD diagnosis across stages of development
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for Children with Disruptive Behaviour:
Many children demonstrate disruptive behaviour (e.g., aggression, non-compliance with parental requests). Most disruptive behaviour is communicative – we can help you understand why your child is exhibiting challenging behaviour. With you, we will then develop family-centred and effective behaviour plans designed to teach alternative behaviours and reduce the occurrence of challenging behaviours. These services can be provided in the office or in the family’s home, depending on the nature of the issue(s).