Function Over Form: Functional Communication Training

Behaviour is communication.  It is our students’ way of telling us how they feel or what they need. Behaviour can have many different forms but what it looks like is not as important as what it’s trying to tell us.  The function of the behaviour is the part that tells us WHY the behaviour is Read more about Function Over Form: Functional Communication Training[…]

NEW! ABA Educator Training Course

ABA Educator Training courseBeing an educator can be a rewarding job – it’s awesome to help youngsters learn! – but it can also be stressful, especially when a student has hard-to-handle behaviour. So many great teachers and educational assistants struggle daily with kids who have major meltdowns. Deflating and exhausting!

We can help make your classroom experience more positive. We’ve developed an ABA educator training course to teach you the strategies you need to successfully manage, tame and even reduce problematic behaviour in your students. They’ll be calmer and you’ll be less stressed after you complete the course! Here’s the full scoop on the training series. […]

Camp with Kid Mechanix!

sunshine crayonsSchool’s out for summer in just 10 weeks! Bet your kids are already counting down the days until they get 2 months of fun. I feel the pressure, as a parent, do you? It’s tough to figure out how to give our children a summer full of fab memories while we’re at work much of the time. The solution: Send your sweetie to Kid Mechanix summer camp!

Our programs are developed to bring the best out of your kiddo: Her social and teamwork skills and self-esteem will grow as she’s laughing and making friends and fond memories. Plus, she’ll get the attention she needs to thrive with our 1:3 staff-to-student ratio. And whether or not your honey has communication delays, autism, anxiety or behavioural challenges, we welcome her. Kid Mechanix camps are integrative and inclusive.

Here’s an overview of our three summer programs, which are offered at our learning centre in Vaughan, Ontario. Register by mid-May to cash in on our early-bird discount! […]

Ask These Questions When Picking A Quality ABA Provider

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So, you’re in the market for an ABA provider for your child. Maybe that’s because his psychologist recommended ABA therapy for autism; maybe it’s of your own volition, seeing that your kiddo needs help strengthening skills that are challenging for him, such as personal care, emotional regulation, social skills, communication or spelling and math. The fundamentals of ABA can help your child flourish! But for it to be really effective – to get the best results – the right person has to be at the helm, developing and guiding the ABA-based programs. How do you know if you’re selecting a superior behaviour consultant? Ask these questions to help zero in on a top-notch professional that’s a good fit for your family.   […]

7 Resolutions You’ll Want To Stick To

2017We’re not really into cliché New Year’s resolutions. Been there, done that, fallen off the wagon countless times. We do, however, dig resolutions that help kids to learn and grow at home. They’re absolutely worthwhile. For example, let’s say you commit to helping Sally speak. With a bit daily work – you have to be consistent for good results — she could be saying “I love you” or “I want some crackers” instead of screaming for 15 minutes. Her words will be music to your ears and you’ll want to continue with your New Year’s vow. Awesome! So, sign up for a resolution that’ll help your kiddo bloom in 2017. Here are several suggestions. […]

4 Strategies To Reduce Holiday Stress

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And, let’s be honest, kind of stressed. The price of gifts, party prep and extra time with the in-laws can be hair-pulling for you, parents. The holidays can be hard on your kiddo with autism, too. There are lots of things that can unsettle little Ricky: changes in routine, Read more about 4 Strategies To Reduce Holiday Stress[…]

Play is a Child’s Work

play Playing dress up, tea party, soccer and Hide-and-Seek is as easy as breathing for neurotypical kids. They innately know what to do and nothing makes them happier than games with their friends. That’s not the case for children with autism. For them, playing, especially with pals, isn’t second nature; it’s actually kind of foreign. What’s a parent to do? Teach your child with autism to play! It’s a fun job and an important one, because play has a lot of developmental benefits. For example, it builds social skills, joint attention, communication, imitation, problem-solving and turn-taking. To get your honey sweet on the idea of interacting playfully with you – and, later on, other kids – follow the steps below. […]

Simon’s Story: How ABA Has Helped Him Communicate

ABA+communication375Simon is really excited about Halloween. For weeks, he’s been pretending to be scary monsters and spooky ghosts, giggling as he tries to scare his ABA therapy team. BOO! ROAR! He asks everyone what they’re going to be for Halloween and shares that he’s dressing up as Super Mario. Such sweet words to hear! Just four years ago, Simon was nearly non-verbal and had a lot of tantrums; and now, after a few years of ABA, he’s an enthusiastic talker with a great sense of humour. Here are the highlights of his story. […]

Carter’s Story: How ABA Therapy Has Helped Him Thrive

carter350Some kids moan and groan about going back to school. Not Carter: He’s pumped to start Grade 2! We’re excited, too. Just a few years ago, Carter wasn’t able to communicate; now, after a lot of ABA therapy, he’s excelling in the classroom and chatting with peers. Woo hoo! Here are the highlights of his story. […]

The Power Of ABA: Sebastien’s Story

sebastien350Sebastien was diagnosed with autism at age 3 in the late 1990s. Back then, applied behavioural analysis (ABA) in the treatment of ASD wasn’t popular like it is today; but his parents decided it was the only therapy that made sense for their son, as he continued to deteriorate and life became more unbearable. The choice was good: Sebastien, now 21, has achieved many milestones because of ABA. […]