How To Foster Independence Skills

Parents all have goals about what they’d like their kids to do and have in adulthood. Perhaps they imagine their daughter as an esteemed marine biologist who writes books and owns estates around the world. Or maybe their goal for their son, who has special needs, is to live in a nice home with friends or by himself and have a job he really enjoys. It is our job to help set our students and families up for success in the future.  In order to do this, we need to start grooming their independence skills when they are young. We want to help ensure that our clients will be proficient at taking care of themselves to the best of their abilities by the time they are grown up and ready to leave home.

Once a student is a pro with beginner’s self-care tasks, incrementally delve into the more advanced targets that follow. If your kiddo struggles with learning life skills, then be sure to employ the recommended teaching tools and tips. […]

How To Effectively Write A Behaviour Contract

There are a lot of tools in my BCBA tool box that I use regularly to help shape positive behaviour. A behaviour contract is one of my go-tos for learners who are able to wait for delayed reinforcement. When implementing, it’s important that the learner understands what behaviours are being reinforced even if they’re not accessing Read more about How To Effectively Write A Behaviour Contract[…]

Up Close And Personal With Kid Mechanix Founder Shayna Gaunt

On paper, Shayna Gaunt – she’s the founder and director of Kid Mechanix – is an all-star. Her resume is extensive and impressive; she’s an incredible BCBA. And in person, she’s even better. She gives 110 percent to every client she works with and every therapist she trains. Her energy and smile are contagious! If you haven’t already, we hope you get the chance to meet Shayna soon. In the meantime, here’s a little more about the woman behind Kid Mechanix. […]

Shira Karpel: Get To Know The BCBA That Kids Love

When Shira Karpel walks into the room, kids’ faces light up. She’s knows exactly how to relate to and have fun with each client, playing with their favourite toys, singing the coolest songs and giving just the kind of tickles or squeezes they love. Our second in command is also amazing at her job because she’s creative, dedicated and designs incredible ABA programs that bring the best out of kiddos. Awesome, right?! We think so. Here’s your chance to get to know more about Shira.  […]

Simon’s Story Part 2: How ABA Has Helped Him Soar

ABAoutdoors.largeRemember Simon?  The kiddo is going through a tremendous growth spurt! Along with getting taller, the 8-year-old with autism is making monumental social, behavioural and academic gains. He’s blossoming into a humorous, mild-mannered chatterbox who reads like a pro and loves to play games with his peers. One of his favourites: Zombie tag with the kids at summer camp. Thrilled with his progress, his parents asked us to update his story here: […]

The Power And Importance Of Parent Training

Is your kiddo with autism calm and compliant in therapy yet unruly at home? It’s quite a common scenario and one that’s easy enough to fix. The remedy: Parent training. When you know how to handle troublesome behaviour the way Kevin’s ABA team does, you’ll notice positive changes in his demeanor at home. That’s a promise! Read more about The Power And Importance Of Parent Training[…]

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. […]

Kid Mechanix Opens A NEW Learning Centre 

KMlearning centre350While we love summer, we can’t wait for September to arrive! That’s when we open the doors to our NEW Learning Centre at First Foundations Children’s Academy in Maple, Ontario! We have something for almost all young learners who need extra support in order to thrive in mainstream classrooms. Our ABA-based programs target areas such as school-readiness, social skills, emotional regulation and academics. And, to ensure each student gets the guidance and attention they need, our classes are small with one instructor for every three children. Here’s the full scoop about what we offer. […]

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Presents For Children With Autism

childgift350Since the holidays are almost here, we bet that you already have presents ready to give to your young sweetie with autism. But keep on shopping — even just a little bit! Treat your child to one or more of the following fun gifts that help improve their skills or mood. […]

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Presents for Parents

parentgiftguide350Parenting a child with special needs is a challenging responsibility that takes endless amounts of effort, time and energy. So, please pamper these hard-working caregivers this holiday season! Here are several thoughtful gifts to give to your very-deserving partner or friends. […]