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School Readiness Programs
Our holistic approach to treatment for autism goes beyond conventional aba therapy. We draw from a variety of evidence based approaches to autism treatment including aba therapy, speech therapy and natural developmental behaviour intervention with results that are evident. Parents save valuable time and expense with no need to transport their child for daily or weekly therapy.
We focus on intervention within the child's natural environment rather than at a centre where children lack exposure to appropriate peer models. Treatment is provided in collaboration with parents and educators, to foster the development of meaningful communication, social skills and life skills within the context of the child's real world. Individualized aba therapy programs focus on a wide range of skills which may include the following:
language & communication skills
social & play skills
reading & writing
toileting & personal hygiene
Left untreated, Speech-Language delays and disorders can affect your child’s ability to interact with others and his/her quality of life. A communication difficulty can limit your child’s educational and career potential and affect the child every day of his or her life.
Our licensed speech-language pathologists offer assessment and therapy services for children in the comfort of your child's home or daycare. We treat a variety of common speech-language concerns including difficulties with: unclear speech, language delay, reading, listening, and social skills.
Many children who experience difficulties with attending and working independently at school are able to learn more readily with one to one instruction provided in a home schooling program. We offer individualized home schooling programs to help your child advance in language, academic and social skills.
Motor Speech Impairment
Our ABA after school programs focus on developing core reading. writing and math skills combined with home work completion. Our executive function programs offer strategies and tools to help students learn to plan, organize and become more independent learners.
Developing Minds ABA Therapy is an approved provider of in home aba therapy services for children in communities across Ontario. Evidence based practice shows that therapy provided within the context of the child's natural learning environment and daily routines where parents can be directly involved is more effective. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more parents are switching to home based therapy where they can feel confident about their child's safety. Our therapists offer family focused care and collaborate with parents, teachers and caregivers to help children develop functional skills with special focus on language, communication, social interaction and academic learning. The health and safety of our clients and therapists is paramount and we are following best practice procedures to ensure that therapy is provided with appropriate measures and protocols in place.
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3250 Bloor Street West, East Tower, Suite 600
Etobicoke, M8X 2X9
21 Simcoe St.
Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G1
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ABA Therapy at Your Home
A B A T h e r a p y f o r A u t i s m a t Y o u r H o m e
St. Catharines / Niagara
Guelph / Cambridge
Ottawa, Kanata, Nepean
After School Programs
Sound symbol awareness
Sight word recognition
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Our paediatric focused Speech-Language Pathologists provide speech therapy and language therapy to address a broad range of issues including difficulties with the following:
For many children with ASD, social skills must first be taught and practiced within the therapy setting before they can expected to generalize these skills with other people at home and in the community. Contact our care co-ordinator for more information on how we support social skills development at home.
Children who begin speaking late may continue to lag behind their peers in language and be at greater risk for academic and reading difficulties once they start school. Challenges with reading are also fairly common among children with average language skills. Difficulty with decoding and reading comprehension impacts on a child's ability understand the school curriculum as well as their performance on written tests and assignments.
Our licensed Speech-Language Pathologists provide in home language and literacy assessments to identify areas of need and provide customized treatment programs to help children experiencing difficulties with the following:
Child & Family Focused Therapy
In the Comfort & Safety of Your Home.
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Many children on the spectrum benefit from aba therapy to help with successful transitioning to school. Our school readiness programs focus on developing vital skills including language comprehension, following directions, answering questions and task completion to help children function within the classroom.
Speech Therapy Programs
Reading & Literacy
"Learning to read is a challenge for 30% of children today"
Treatment for reading difficulties and learning disabilities begins with a comprehensive speech-language assessment to identify what is getting in the way of reading and learning and what can be done to improve reading and learning.
The terms learning disability and / or dyslexia are used to describe a person’s difficulty reading printed words even though he/she has normal intelligence and received appropriate reading instruction. This word-reading difficulty is often caused by a deficit in the phonological component of language. That means, the student has difficulty understanding how sounds go together to create words. This makes it difficult for the student to decode a printed word (sound out the letters and put them together to form a word) as well as to spell words. Also, the student with dyslexia has average or above average intelligence so the disability is not due to lack of intelligence.
Since the child with reading challenges has difficulty reading printed words, he or she may also have difficulty understanding what was read, even if he does manage to eventually read the words. This is because fluent reading (or reading without unnecessary pauses and gaps) increases comprehension and understanding of what is read.
You may notice that a child with dyslexia understands text when it is read out loud to him but he has trouble understanding it if he reads it himself. For example, the child would be able to answer comprehension questions about a grade-level story read aloud but not if he only read the story to himself.
You may also notice that children with dyslexia do not develop phonological awareness skills as quickly as their peers. These would be skills like rhyming, segmenting, blending, etc.
How Does Speech Therapy Help Students with Reading?
As speech-language pathologists, we have extensive training and knowledge about phonological skills. Many students with speech sound errors have phonological errors. This means they have trouble understanding which sounds should be put together to form words. They may use phonological processes where they replace one class of sounds with another (such as replacing all long sounds like “s” with short sounds like “t”). These same children with phonological speech errors may have phonological reading problems as well (a.k.a. dyslexia).
That means that speech therapists should be an integral part of a student’s reading intervention team, even if the child is only having difficulty with reading and not speech. We can help these students improve their overall phonological systems and understand how sounds go together to make words.
Also, some children with reading difficulties or dyslexia also have language learning problems which should be addressed by a speech therapist as well.
What Type of Speech Therapy Should be Provided for Children with Reading Difficulties?
The speech therapist should first conduct a full assessment to determine which areas are in need of therapy. The following skill areas should be assessed by a speech-language pathologist:
Speech Sound Errors/Skills: Is the child using any phonological processes in his speech?
Phonological Awareness Skills: How does the child do with phonological awareness tasks like rhyming, segmenting, blending, etc.?
Overall Language Skills: How does the child score on expressive and receptive language tests?
Based on the results of this evaluation, therapy should be provided to address the areas with concerns. No one area should be targeted first but rather all areas should be addressed in therapy together to help the child make changes to his entire phonological system. However, if a student is unable to focus on multiple tasks at once, the most severe limitations should be addressed first with other skills be added as possible.
Below are explanations of what type of therapy should be provided based on which areas the child is having trouble:
Speech Sound Errors
A child who is having trouble with speech sounds due to phonological problems will have trouble with entire groups of sounds. You will see patterns in the child’s speech. For example, all long sounds (sounds that can be held out like “s”) may be replaced with shorter sounds (like “t”). Or, all sounds at the ends or beginnings of words will be deleted. A child may have just one phonological process (sound error pattern) or she may have many going on at one time. This can make a child’s speech very difficult to understand.
It is normal for children to use certain phonological processes when they are very young (ending between the ages of 3-5 years) but if a child continues to use these patterns beyond the ages at which they should stop, he may have a phonological disorder.
Phonological disorders should be treated by showing the child the difference between the correct productions and his incorrect productions. For more information about treating phonological disorders, click the link below:
For more information about phonological processes (speech errors), click here!
Phonological Awareness Skills:
Phonological awareness skills are the pre-reading skills that are so crucial to reading printed words and spelling them. These are skills that allow us to manipulate sounds and put them together to form words. Or, they allow us to take words apart and understand which sounds make up that word. Here are some examples of phonological awareness skills:
Rhyming (What rhymes with cat? Do cow and how rhyme?)
Ability to segment words into syllables (How many syllables in umbrella? Um…bre…lla)
Syllable Blending (I’m going to say some syllables, you put them together and tell me what word they make: um…bre…lla
Ability to identify words with the same beginning sound (Do cat and cow start with the same sound? What else starts with the same sound as book?)
Ability to identify words with the same final sound (Do book and take end with the same sound? What else ends with the same sound as boat?)
Ability to segment words into individual sounds: consonant-vowel (CV), vowel-consonant (VC), and consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) (How many sounds are in cup? c…u..p. 3! What sounds are in off? O…ff)
Ability to segment words into individual sounds: CCVC, CVCC, CCVCC (What sounds do you hear in plate? p..l…a…te)
Sound Blending: (I’m going to say some sounds, you put them together and tell me what word they make: “d…o…g.” Dog!)
Ability to manipulate sounds in words (what word do you have if you take the “p” off of “pan”?)
Letter-sound correspondences: (What sound does the letter “b” make? What letter makes the “buh” sound?)
As you have read above, dyslexia is a problem that is typically caused by trouble with these underlying pre-reading skills. If a child has trouble with these skills, he will have trouble with decoding and spelling words.
Therapy for children with phonological awareness difficulties should target increasing their ability to participate in activities that include these skills. For activity ideas for increasing phonological awareness skills (and a free worksheets download), click the link below:
How to do Phonological Awareness Therapy and Improve Phonological Awareness Skills
Language Skill Deficits:
If a child with reading difficulties also scores low on expressive and receptive language tests, there may be other problems going on aside from dyslexia. Other language problems, such as problems with comprehension or problems putting together grammatically correct sentences, should be addressed alongside phonological awareness therapy in order to help the child make the greatest gains possible.
Speech Language Advantage offers effective reading and speech-language intervention programs that target the requisite skills to promote improved language and reading comprehension and information retention. Therapy to help with the mechanics of reading and learning disabilities is provided in client's home in a location that is comfortable and conducive to a successful therapy experience.
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