Specialized Pediatric Autism Therapy Services

programs offered & enrolment

Social and educational pediatric Autism therapy programs offered by Superminds Autism Therapy across Simcoe County, Caledon, York Region, and surrounding areas

APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS (ABA)

 ABA is an evidence based approach that uses and learning and motivation to affect socially significant change, and is used in various capacities across many different industries, such as education, mental health, and organizational management. ABA therapy has been long considered a gold standard in treatment for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Learn about the ABA program at Superminds

PROGRAMS AVAILABILE

FOCUSED ABA THERAPY or COMPREHENSIVE ABA THERAPY

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

The Superminds ABA therapy program is specialized for children ages 3 to 10 who have been diagnosed with Autism and/or ADD/ADHD.

The program is offered in home, daycare, or school across Simcoe County, Caledon, and York Region, or virtually for eligible learners. Each child’s program is overseen by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA®).

SKILLS DEVELOPED

Children entering the Superminds ABA therapy program learn foundational skills needed to be successful in their home and community environments, and to prepare them for school.

Children learn to manage their bigger emotions, follow simple and more complex instructions and schedules, effectively transition from preferred to less preferred activities, develop intrinsic motivation to initiate and complete tasks, and develop skills in areas of communication, expressive language, receptive language, social skills, play skills, imitation, joint attention, self-help skills, personal independence, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual performance, executive functioning, pre-academic and more.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

Parents are encouraged to provide input to the clinical team as these decisions are being made and parents are encouraged to join in the Superminds ABA therapy sessions as an opportunity to learn effective teaching strategies and help their child generalize skills learned in the Superminds ABA therapy program.

PROCESS AND PROGRAM OPTIONS

We begin with an assessment and then develop an Individualized Student Plan (ISP) that guides a child’s program, which can be either focused or comprehensive.

The Superminds Focused ABA therapy program is suitable for students that are receiving 6 to 19 hours of therapy per week. It focuses on a fewer number of domains at a time (typically 2 to 5), which are selected based on observed need, family needs, school reports, and domain specific assessment. Read more here.

 

The Superminds Comprehensive ABA therapy program is suitable for students that are receiving 20 to 30+ hours of therapy per week (also known as IBI, Intensive Behaviour Intervention). It covers a large number of domains (typically 10 to 15) at a time, which are selected based on observed need, family needs, reports from school and other professionals, and a comprehensive assessment (curriculuar, social, and/or adaptive). Read more here.

FUNDING OPTIONS FOR THE SUPERMINDS ABA THERAPY PROGRAM

In Ontario, expenses for ABA programs delivered to anyone under the age of 18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be covered through the Ontario Autism Program.

Additional funding options are listed here.

To learn more about ABA and to help make an informed decision if ABA therapy is right for your child, click here.

EARLY START DENVER MODEL (ESDM)

ESDM is an evidence-based therapeutic approach used to help young children diagnosed with Autism connect, communicate and learn new skills. In contrast to ABA therapy which is primarily instructor led (think elementary school), ESDM is primarily child led (think daycare). The play focused nature of ESDM makes it a very effective early intervention program for children with ASD. 

Learn about the ESDM Program at Superminds

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

The Superminds ESDM therapy program is specialized for children ages 1 to 4 who have been diagnosed with Autism.

The program is offered in home, daycare, or school across Simcoe County, Caledon, and York Region. Each child’s program is overseen by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA®) who has introductory or advanced training in ESDM.

SKILLS DEVELOPED

Children entering the Superminds ESDM or ESDM/ABA blended program learn to connect, communicate and learn new skills. Due to the play-focused approach of ESDM, it is especially beneficial for children who have not had prior experience with therapy.

There are four levels in the ESDM program, Level 1 (12 – 18 months), Level 2 (18 – 24 months), Level 3 (24 – 36 months) and Level 4 (36 – 48 months), and each level assesses the following developmental domains: expressive and receptive communication, social skills and joint attention, imitation, cognition, play skills, fine and gross motors skills and personal independence skills.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

At Superminds, ESDM therapy sessions occur mainly on the floor, and parents/caregivers and families are active and integral participants in their child’s ESDM therapy session. 

PROCESS AND PROGRAM OPTIONS 

We begin with an ESDM assessment and then develop an Individualized Student Plan (ISP) that guides a child’s program, which can be either traditional ESDM or ABA/ESDM blend.

Children in the Superminds ESDM or ABA/ESDM blend program receive 10 hours/week of treatment in 13-week clinical cycles. The clinical team selects 2 to 3 goals from each domain to work on per clinical cycle.

FUNDING OPTIONS FOR THE SUPERMINDS ABA THERAPY PROGRAM

In Ontario, expenses for ABA programs delivered to anyone under the age of 18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be covered through the Ontario Autism Program.

Additional funding options are listed here.

PARENT-CHILD COACHING AND CONSULTS

Parent child coaching and behaviour consults teach parents and/or school personnel evidence-based strategies, rooted in principles of ABA, to help support their child/student across all areas of development

Learn about Coaching/Consults at Superminds

The Superminds coaching programs are specialized for children ages 2 to 15.

Provided in-home, in school, or virtually

At Superminds, a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) works directly with parents or school staff to teach them strategies to support their children/students in areas such as visiting the dentist, doctor or hairdresser, toilet training or sleep coaching, completing daily living tasks, managing their bigger emotions by learning more appropriate responses and coping strategies, and learning new skills to prepare them for school.

FUNDING OPTIONS

In Ontario, expenses for parent-child coaching and behaviour consults to anyone under the age of 18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be covered through the Ontario Autism Program.

Additional funding options are listed here

 

RESPITE CARE

Respite Care allows families to catch their breath while their child is in the care of a qualified professional that specializes in working with children with Autism.

Learn about Respite Care at Superminds

Respite care workers spend time with children in home, or support the family in the community, such as going to the grocery store, going to the park, transitioning to bedtime, and more.

Families can request for their child to be assigned a respite care worker that has training and experience in ABA.

The superminds respite care workers are specialized to provide respite care services to children ages 2 to 10.

In Ontario, expenses for respite care can be covered through Special Services at Home (SSAH) and the Ontario Autism Program.

In-home and community respite care is available through Superminds.

Learn more about respite care, click here.

SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) help address a child’s verbal (expressive) and nonverbal (receptive) language and communication needs and skills.

Learn about SLP at Superminds

At Superminds, our Speech Therapists have extensive training and experience working  with children with Autism and helping children in areas such as:

  • Speech or language deficits, delays or disorders
  • Fluency therapy (eg. stuttering)
  • Voice and resonance
  • Augmentative Communication (Proloquo2Go, LAMP, TouchChat, PECS)
  • Childhood apraxia of speech
  • Learning disabilities
  • Swallowing or feeding disorders
  • Pre-literacy and literacy skills (reading and comprehension)
  • Self regulation

And implementing programs such as:

  • ESDM
  • Hanen – More Than Words, It Takes Two to Talk and Talkability
  • Lidcombe Program
  • PECS
  • PROMPT
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
  • Social Thinking ®
  • Zones of Regulation

Our Speech Therapists are specialized to work with children between the ages of 3 to 15 years old.

Speech Language therapy may be covered under your extended health insurance benefits, alternatively you may access therapy through the Ontario Autism Program.  All of Superminds’ Speech Therapists are qualified and licensed.

In-home and virtual speech therapy is available.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational Therapists (OTs) help address a child’s gross and fine motor needs, as well as daily life skills and learner readiness skills such as handwriting

LEARN ABOUT OT AT SUPERMINDS

At Superminds, our occupational therapists are trained and have extensive experience working with children with Autism in the areas of:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Balance and coordination
  • Mental abilities
  • Coping strategies
  • Organizational skills
  • Life skills such as dressing, walking up and down stairs, and more.
  • Fine motor development
  • Gross motor development

And implementing programs such as:

  • Handwriting Without Tears®
  • Loops and Other Groups®
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Sensory Integration
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
  • The Zones of Regulation®

Our Occupational Therapists are specialized to work with children between the ages of 3 to 15 years old

Occupational therapy may be covered under your extended health insurance benefits, alternatively you may access therapy through the Ontario Autism Program.  All of Superminds’ Occupational Therapists are qualified and licensed.

In-home and virtual occupational therapy is available.

The Steps to Enrol Your Child

STEP 1.

CONSULTATION

* FREE, 15-30 minutes long

Meet with the Superminds clinical director, Andrea Talpos (BCBA), from the comfort and convenience of your own home, via phone or via a secure online platform (ZOOM).

PURPOSE: Identify a program that is most suitable for your child’s strengths and areas of need, as well as your family’s priority goals, discuss options for funding, and identify a schedule that works best for your family taking into account your child’s nap times, meal times, etc. Andrea will then send you a fee for service quote for your review.

DURATION: Approximately 15-30 minutes long

COST: FREE of charge

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION:

STEP 2.

ASSESSMENT

Your family and child meets with one of the Superminds Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA) for an intake assessment (curricular, behavioural, adaptive, social, or a combination) based on your child’s strengths and areas of need, as well as your family’s priority goals, as identified during the initial consultation.

PURPOSE: Based on this evaluation, the BCBA establishes a therapy program appropriate for your child, provides you with an individualized program report (Individualized Student Plan) and assessment report, and provides recommendations for a clinical team whose expertise and areas of competence match your child’s profile.

DURATION: 1 assessment session (in-home), 1 to 1.5 hours long.

STEP 3.

PAIRING + TRANSITION

From the recommendations of the assessment, we pair your child with the most suitable clinical team and transition your child into services (if applicable).

PURPOSE: We set your child up for success! We only place therapists that are competent and experienced as per your child’s strengths and areas of need, as well as your family’s goals. For some learners, it is also beneficial to transition into services slowly.

DURATION: Minimum 2 hours per week, minimum 1 hour sessions, for 2 to 4 weeks

 

STEP 4.

DIRECT THERAPY

Each week, your child meets with his/her therapist for their unique, individualized therapy session. 

The clinical supervisor (if applicable) and supervising therapist monitors and updates your child’s goals weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on the number of direct therapy hours your child receives per week, and meets with you every 3 months to review and discuss your child’s progress and establish new goals (if applicable).

Parents and family members are encouraged to join sessions when their availability allows. A camera can be placed in the therapy space so parents and family members can watch the sessions while the session is occurring, or later in the day at their convenience. This allows parents and family members to see the goals their child is working on and the strategies his/her therapists are using!

After each session, parents receive a session report and a list of skills their child learned so parents can practice the skills with their child.

INCLUDED: session reports and report of learned skills after each session, team meeting with families at month 3 to review goals and progress on goals

OPTIONS: virtual (eligible learners only) or in-home (Simcoe, Caledon, York Region)

In addition to direct Autism therapy programs, we also offer:

SOCIAL GROUPS & CAMPS

WE TURN YOUR SUPERHERO INTO A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Our Mini Superminds™ (Ages 2-4) and Master Superminds™ (Ages 4-8) social groups and camps run year long. Children in our group and camp programs develop life-long friendships, and, of course, invaluable social skills. IN PERSON & ONLINE groups & camps are AVAILABLE!

ONLINE TUTORIALS

MINIMIZE MELTDOWNS, IMPROVE COMMUNICATION, AND MUCH MORE!

Our NEW, ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM teaches families the evidence-based strategies we use daily to tackle all challenges associated with ASD. The platform contains online tutorials, video models, and downloadable resources that can be accessed at any time, anywhere, at your own pace.

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