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Behaviour Therapy

1to1 Therapy Services’ Behaviour Therapists use Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)  strategies to assist children and youth in developing skills in the areas of: communication, independence and play, in addition to treating challenging behaviours. Behaviour Therapists incorporate the child’s motivation and interests to build new skills and address various behaviours.

1to1 Therapy Services’ Behaviour Therapists use evidence-based treatment approaches to build functional skills and decrease challenging behaviours. Our therapists are trained to conduct, but not limited to:

  • Functional Behavioural Assessments
  • Building cooperation and learner readiness skills
  • Augmentative Communication such as PECS and Sign Language
  • Skill-based assessments such as the Assessment of Language and Learning Skills and VB-MAPP (Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessment and Placement Program)

Where can I get help from a 1to1 Therapist?

1to1 offers private Behaviour Therapy in the home, community and at our clinics, located in Toronto, Markham and York Region.

Who are 1to1’s Behaviour Therapists?

Instructor Therapists

The Instructor Therapists are skilled behaviour technicians with an Autism and Behavioural Sciences Diploma and/or a degree in the related discipline. Instructor Therapists are responsible for implementing programs, recording data and attending all clinical team meetings.

Supervising Therapist

The Supervising Therapist is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) or a highly trained Behavioural Consultant under the supervision of a BCBA. Supervising Therapists are responsible for overseeing the child’s treatment program. Supervising Therapists monitor progress of the child, supervise and train the Instructor Therapists; and act as a clinical liaison, at the request of the parents, with the community agencies/schools.

Clinical Supervisor

The Clinical Supervisor is both a registered psychologist and a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario; or, a registered regulated health professional in Ontario and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. The Clinical Supervisor provides clinical guidance and mentorship to the Supervising Therapists and oversees 1to1 Therapy Services’ clinical practice.

What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?

ABA is an approach that uses the principles of learning to teach important and meaningful social behaviours to improve the overall quality of life for individual(s). ABA interventions utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches and relies on scientific measures to demonstrate its effectiveness.

ABA is not just for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; it is applicable to addressing behaviours that are of significance to the individual and/or group of persons, a variety of populations and mental health conditions.

What is Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)?

IBI is a treatment program that is specific to the format outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services Autism Intervention Program. The goal of IBI is to improve the child’s developmental trajectory and overall rate of learning as defined by clinically significant changes in the child’s cognition, language and adaptive skills.

IBI utilizes the principles of ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) in both structured and naturalistic teaching settings to further develop a child’s learner readiness, communication skills, social and play behaviours, pre-academic and independent living skills. IBI is intensive in nature, it involves a minimum of 20 hours of intervention per week.

Why is Behaviour Intervention important?

  • Addresses socially significant behaviours that improve the child’s quality of life
  • It is a complementary support to other therapies when success is limited due to challenging behaviours
  • Teaches the individual appropriate behaviours and meaningful skills

What are the Advantages of Behaviour Intervention?

  • Comprehensive assessments that identify why challenging behaviours occur
  • Teaches adaptive and functional behaviours that replace challenging behaviours
  • Provides individualized treatment that incorporates the child or youth’s motivation and interests to create a positive therapeutic environment
  • Increases communication, play and peer interaction skills
  • Increases independence across self-care, play and social interaction skills