ABA Services by Sophia Catania, M.ADS
Providing evidence-based, meaningful ABA services for families, so that all children can reach their full potential.
Sophia received her Honours B.A. in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University in 2013. She completed her Master of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) at Brock University in 2016 and plans to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in the near future.
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 provides IBI and ABA consultation throughout Southern Ontario and 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 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).
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 setting, 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 the child is progressing. If the child is 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 encourage growth.
ABA is designed to be implemented for 3-10 hours per week.
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 or Psychologist.
Similar to ABA, it is data driven, includes Individualized program 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 www.children.gov.on.ca/autism
IBI/ABA supervision and consultation
Social skills training
Behaviour support for challenging behaviours
Contact Sophia to book a free consultation to discuss which services would be right for your child.
If you decide to move forward with ABA services, Sophia will conduct an initial assessment to determine your child’s current skill level.
When the assessment is complete, Sophia will develop a plan customized to your child’s needs.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) by Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org
Ontario Autism Program www.children.gov.on.ca/autism
Regional Autism Intervention Program Service Providers www.children.gov.on.ca/providers
Search for Providers on Abacus by Autism Ontario www.abacuslist.ca
What is Autism by Autism Ontario www.autismontario.com
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