ABA Services by Sophia Catania, M.ADS

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About Sophia

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Sophia has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis since she was introduced to it during her time as an undergraduate student. She currently supervises home-based IBI and ABA teams throughout Southern Ontario and provides 1:1 services in the Waterloo Region, for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental or behavioural disorders. Her experience includes a variety of settings, including home and centre-based programs, school support, and adult day programs.

Sophia received her Honours B.A. in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University, and her Master of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) at Brock University. She plans to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in the near future.

Sophia is an active member, in good standing, of the Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI), Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), and Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).

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What is ABA?

Behaviour analysis is the scientific study of behaviour and how it is effected by our environment. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) applies the principles of behaviour analysis to create an evidence-based treatment option for children with ASD. It can also be used for children with other developmental or behavioural disorders, as well as typical children. ABA uses motivation and reinforcement to facilitate learning and reduce challenging behaviours.

ABA therapy can be done in a 1:1 or group settings, implemented by an Instructor Therapist and supervised by a Behaviour Consultant. Individualized programs are created to target your child’s needs, teach new skills, and reduce challenging behaviours.

ABA is data driven, meaning that all skills are monitored and analyzed to ensure your child is progressing. If they are not making adequate progress, programs are revised to achieve a more positive outcome.

A wide variety of skills can be taught, including:

Challenging behaviours can also be targeted, including:

Parent training also plays an important role in ABA. It is important that everyone in the child’s life be equipped with the skills necessary to ensure success.

ABA is designed to be implemented for 3-10 hours per week.

For more information on government funding, see the new Ontario Autism Program

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What is IBI?

Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) is based on the principles of ABA. It is the only evidence-based treatment for children with ASD. This 1:1 therapy is implemented by an Instructor Therapist and supervised by a Behaviour Consultant.

Similar to ABA, it is data driven, includes individualized programs meant to target your child’s needs, teaches new skills, and reduces challenging behaviours.

IBI is designed to be implemented for 20 hours or more per week.

For more information on government funding, see the new Ontario Autism Program

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IBI/ABA supervision and consultation

Behaviour assessments

Parent training

Social skills training

Behaviour support for challenging behaviours

School support

Student placement opportunities

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Has your child received funding from the new Ontario Autism Program? Do you have questions about ASD or ABA? Contact Sophia to book a free consultation to discuss which services would be right for your child and how to make the most of your available funding. If you decide to move forward with ABA services, Sophia will conduct an initial assessment to determine your child’s current skill level, and develop an intervention plan customized to your child’s needs.

Are you a student looking for an ABA placement opportunity? Are you an Instructor Therapist looking to join a home-based ABA program? Contact Sophia to discuss opportunities and availability.

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Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)

Assistive Devices Program

Autism Ontario Camp Funding

Child Disability Benefit (CBD)

Easter Seals Access2 Card

Easter Seals Incontinence Supplies Grant Program

President's Choice Special Needs Assistance

Special Services at Home (SSAH)

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