ABA therapies at Majestic Minds Mental health and autism services at Georgetown is an evidence-based practice covered under the Ontario autism program. The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), (Social Skills) Group therapy, Sensory integration therapy, Daily Living skills are some ABA therapies.
Autism services are designed to help individuals living with ASD thrive in their own personalized environments. All autism therapies and training use the strategies and tools from applied behavioural analysis (ABA) for the treatment of our clients.
ABA Therapy (1:1)
ABA therapy (1:1) is designed to meet the needs of each individual learner. A comprehensive ABLLS assessment is done during the initial stages of therapy. This assessment is used to develop individualized programs that are designed to strengthening the areas of need. These areas can include gross motor skills, fine motor skills, self-help skills, academics, requesting, labeling, and more.
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a therapy offered for children on the spectrum between the ages of 12 and 24 months. This therapy uses the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis to encourage development in the areas of language, cognitive and social skills. The model utilizes games and playing to build positive and fun relationships that facilitate the healthy growth and development of the child.
Group therapy (1:3)
Group therapy (1:3) is aimed towards developing social skills, peer relations, turn-taking, requesting, classroom readiness skills and more using the tools and techniques of Applied behavioural analysis. Your learner will be placed into a small group with peers similar to their functioning. The instructor will mimic a classroom environment to contrive goals directly related to school readiness. This program is designed to prepare school-aged children for school and what can be expected in a school setting.
Sensory integration therapy
Sensory integration therapy is designed for children who are very sensitive to stimuli often have a hard time staying focused or calm in various settings. Sensory Integration therapy involves spending time getting to know the child and talking to caregivers in order to understand which stimuli and behaviour the child may be struggling with. Then we, the Occupational Therapists (O.T.), create a personalized approach that will both soothe and condition the child to be able to respond to these trouble stimuli in a more appropriate manner. This helps with various behaviours ranging from hugging too tightly to becoming overwhelmed when certain sounds are present. This therapy is specifically designed with various sensory inputs (Such as brushes, rollers, swings or other specially designed equipment) to encourage the child to develop their sensory processing and build functional life skills.
Parent Training/Coaching is a service designed to help parents address any behavioural issues at the home. The therapist will come into the comfort of your home and work with you to help support your child. The therapist can work on behavioural management, academic training, requesting, labelling and more at the home. The therapist will train the parents on how to be an expert using the principles of ABA. This is a great service to utilize as parents are responsible for the long term care of their children. Being consistent in-home and learning the tools of ABA can help their child excel in many areas for long-lasting change to occur.
Daily Living Skills Training
These are the skills and habits necessary for independent and social development. Daily living skills add to the well-being of the learner and prepares them for greater responsibilities and independence in adulthood. Increases the child’s socialization, communication, boosts confidence.
Some simple activities learners perform at Majestic Minds Mental Health and Autism Services are washing hands, clean up the toys, put away books away after reading, help wash the dishes, tying shoe laces, watering the plants, feeding the pet. We encourage daily living skills and help the learners with a positive and safe environment to grow independent.