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Toronto Autism ABA Services: Groups

Our groups are designed to help children and their parents grow and develop skills in different areas. Here you can find information on our various groups, including brief descriptions and the goals for each program.

Communication Groups

  • Basic Communication: focuses on requesting (frequency, number of items, persistence and generalization)

  • Basic Picture Exchange Communication Systems: builds on requesting (physical exchange, distance, persistence and discrimination)

  • Language 1: works to increase complexity and variety of requesting as well as introducing and increasing labelling and listener responding

  • Language 2: develops requesting repertoire and use of word combinations as well as introducing function, feature and class

  • Language 3: focuses on expansion of requesting, labelling, listener responding and advanced labelling of pronouns, prepositions, adjectives

Social Skills Groups

  • Impact: parents learn to promote social engagement, and develop language, imitation and play skills in their children

  • Social 1: teaches reciprocity, language, imitation and play skills related to engagement with peers

  • Social 2: develops conversation skills such as greeting, initiating play, cooperative play and turn taking

  • Social 3: focuses on advanced conversation skills, nonverbal cues, relaxation techniques and friendship

  • Children’s Friendship Training: children learn to make and keep friends and develop social interactions

Emotional/Behaviour Regulation Groups

  • Triple P Positive Parenting: promotes a positive parent-child relationship and develops strategies for teaching new skills and behaviours, encouraging desirable behaviours and managing inappropriate behaviour

  • Getting Ready for Groups: teaches children and youth skills to participate in small groups such as following routines and requesting access to preferred items

  • Take a Deep Breath-Emotional Regulation:  will focus on teaching skills to help participants identify emotions in themselves and others and to learn strategies to self-regulate their behaviour. (e.g. breathing/ calming techniques, use of a stress-o-meter)

  • Facing Your Fears: focuses on treating anxiety and incorporates the use of visuals, repetition, concrete activities, and video modelling

Daily Living Groups

  • Safety and Independence in the Kitchen 1: focuses on kitchen safety, basic snack preparation (e.g. juice and cold snacks), clean up and table manners

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