PACE Centre’s teachers and therapists use the scientific principle of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in order to support your child to achieve their learning, behavioural and physical goals.
“The ABA approach teaches social, motor, and verbal behaviours as well as reasoning skills. ABA treatment is especially useful in teaching behaviours to children with autism who may otherwise not “pick up” these behaviours on their own as other children would. The ABA approach can be used by a parent, counselor, or certified behaviour analyst.
ABA uses careful behavioural observation and positive reinforcement or prompting to teach each step of a behaviour. A child’s behaviour is reinforced with a reward when he or she performs each of the steps correctly. Undesirable behaviours, or those that interfere with learning and social skills, are watched closely. The goal is to determine what happens to trigger a behaviour, and what happens after that behaviour to reinforce it. The idea is to remove these triggers and reinforcers from the child’s environment. New reinforcers are then used to teach the child a different behaviour in response to the same trigger.” Austismcanada.org
ABA has also proven highly effective therapy for children with other forms of disability, which is why it’s an important part of our programming at PACE.
At PACE Centre we use CBT as a way of changing our student’s patterns of thinking and behavior. CBT is a recognized form of short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy used by psychologists around the world as part of the treatment for a wide range of issues, such as sleeping difficulties, anxiety and depression. A CBT therapist will work to change a person’s attitude and behavior by focusing on the patients’ thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes and how they relate to the way the person behaves.
For children, CBT can help improve your child’s moods, anxiety and behavior by examining confused or distorted patterns of thinking. Our therapists will teach your child that thoughts cause feelings and moods that influence their behavior. During a session your child will learn to identify harmful thought patterns and replace them with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors.
PACE Centre’s Occupational Therapists (OT’s) are on hand to help your child develop the skills they need to do the things that are important to them. For us, the word occupation refers to the tasks and activities we perform daily in order to have a full and healthy life, from showering and brushing our teeth, to tying our shoes and making a quick sandwich, these are the tasks that many people perform daily without thinking about them or needing assistance. For children with special needs these everyday tasks can be monumental obstacles standing in the way of their self-sufficiency. Our OT’s will help your child remove these obstacles and develop the skills they need to live full, independent and rewarding lives.
Our OT’s are university educated professionals trained to understand not only the medical, mental and physical limitations of your child’s disability, but also the psychosocial factors that affect their ability to function and navigate in today’s world. They will work to develop your child’s sensory integration and fine motor skills.
Specifically, our OT’s will focus on three key areas of your child’s development:
Our Speech-language therapists will work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat your child’s speech, language, social communication and cognitive-communication.
Speech services begin with initial screening for communication, language and speech, generally in the form of a classroom observation, and a consultation with parents and teachers. This diagnostic assessment will include a review of your child’s receptive, expressive language, auditory processing and articulation.
Recommendations regarding management, intervention and treatment, and the provision of counseling and other follow up services for these disorders will be made after the assessment has been conducted.
At PACE we offer speech-language services in the following areas: