What kind of services do we offer?

Connecting Dots is a multidisciplinary team - although our main focus ABA therapy, we also offer Speech & language therapy, Occupational Therapy, & psychological services. In addition, we offer recreational programs to our families on a rotating basis (including art, music, yoga, Zumba, etc.). Additional services include community supports (camps, day programs, daycares, indoor playgrounds), community partnerships, haircuts, etc.

What is ABA?

Cooper, Heron, and Heward (2007) provide the following definition of applied behavior analysis: Applied behavior analysis is the science in which the principles of the analysis of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for behavior change

What does the intake process consist of?

Once you have connecting with us, a team member will contact you to touch base regarding your needs. An intake package can be picked up in centre or sent electronically to be filled out and returned. Once the intake has been completed, a team member will set up a time for your child to come in for an assessment. Once the assessment is completed, a behaviour plan will be written by a senior therapist. The senior therapist will meet with you to discuss assessment results, recommendation of hours, as well as goals outlined to be worked on. Supervision of programming will be done on an ongoing basis to determine that goals are being met or best direction for

How many hours does my child need?

The number of hours recommended is based on both the number of hours per week. According to the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB) 10-25 hours per week is considered Focused ABA, and 25-40 hours per week is considered Comprehensive ABA. The number of hours recommended is a clinical recommendation based on individualized needs. Indirect and direct assessments help the clinical supervisor make a recommendation regarding hours.

How long does an assessment take?

Depending on the type of assessment selected, assessments can take anywhere from 20h+ to complete. Assessments are typically completed across multiple days. Focused ABA program assessments may require less hours to assess.

Is ABA only effective for individuals with Autism?

No. Applied Behaviour Analysis is an evidence-based and established intervention treatment for individuals with Autism. Other information regarding evidence-based vs. non-evidence based interventions can be found in the Ontario Association of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) 2018 Report: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: Recommendations For Practitioners, Caregivers Makers and Policy Makers.

Should I get a diagnosis if I am seeing some red flags?

Early intervention is key. If you have concerns regarding your child’s development, it is best that you get a professional opinion from a qualified practitioner who has undergone specific diagnostic training. There are both private and publicly funded options for obtaining a diagnosis. Connecting Dots Behavioural Services can directly guide families to private and qualified psychologist with experience in diagnostics. The psychologist will provide further details regarding the diagnostic process however we can connect you directly to services. For publicly funded options please see the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services regarding the diagnostic hubs: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/autism/diagnostic-hubs.aspx#assessment

How can your team support us with school transitions?

Connecting Dots Behavioural Services supports: Individualized Education Plan (IEP) support Transition support (e.g. entering new schools, entering the school system, entering elementary to highschool or highschool to other programs) Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) support Case Conference Meeting Support Placement selection support School observations/in-centre observations with school support staff

Why are community partners important?

We work hard to build partnerships within our community to help support our families in need. This includes finding organizations within our community that offer financial assistance to help support therapy, recreational leisure facilities to make sure our families take the time to self-care, financial support networks to make sure our families have the resources to be successful, and more! Ask us about our community partners!

How do I get started?

Contact us directly at info@connectingdots.ca or give us a call at 905-542-CDBS(2327).