Summer Social Programs

We are excited to offer a handful of specialized summer programming options in Waterloo. These programs are designed to create extra learning opportunities related to social and community-based skills in a 1:4 ratio. They differ from our regular group ABA therapy, in that the focus is more on creating natural learning opportunities with the flexibility of a recreational programming model. These programs are run by an ABA Therapist and supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Our summer social programs run during each week of summer vacation (not including the week of Canada Day). Families will have the option to register for individual weeks or multiple weeks. Most of our summer programs are capped at 4-8 participants, so spots are limited.

Summer Social Programs

Intake Process

  1. Complete an Intake Form

This is the first step in the intake process for summer programs at Best Behaviour. If you are an existing client or have worked with us in the past, please reach out directly. An intake form (as well as other portions of this intake process) may not be necessary.
Upon receipt and review of the completed intake form, we will follow up with you to share an update regarding available group services. At this time, we are also happy to schedule a time to meet over the phone to answer any questions you may have about our services or ABA therapy.
If we are able to accommodate your service request and you decide that you would like to register for
summer programs, we would continue with the registration process.
The intake forms are also used to create our wait list, in the event that we are unable to meet your service request at this time.

  1. Complete a Registration Form

A Summer Social Program Registration Form will be shared with you. If a Medical Alert Form is applicable, that would be completed as well. Both of these forms can be completed electronically. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about these forms, or help you complete them over the phone.
Once your registration form has been completed, the learner's file will be shared with you and members of our senior team.

  1. Complete an Intake Assessment

The Senior Therapist will review the learner's file and reach out to schedule an intake assessment.
An intake assessment is a 30-60 minute observation conducted by the Senior Therapist at the centre. It is a chance for us to meet the learner and get to know them in a brief observation, to confirm the learner's fit in their registered
program. We will set up a variety of common scenarios, like sharing and transitioning between activities. We will also try to observe any relevant skill domains (ex. communication skills, play, independence etc.).
Group intake assessment notes and a consent form will also be completed at this time.
If we have any reservations about the learner joining their registered
program, we will try to offer alternative service options when possible.

  1. Begin Services

The learner will begin attending their summer program, as outlined in the registration form.


Summer social programs will be billed at an hourly rate of $25.00/hour ($27.50/hour for those receiving legacy OAP behaviour plan budgets). This applies to direct hours spent with the learner. Indirect hours will be factored into the hourly rate. Families will have the option to register for individual weeks or multiple weeks.

Prior to the first session, an invoice will be emailed for the full cost of the service block (including the first session). For example, if the learner is registered for 3 weeks, an invoice will be sent before Week 1 for the full 3 weeks.

Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy will be included in your Summer Social Registration Form:

I, the Parent/Guardian, understand that ...

  • In the event of a cancellation, I must notify the Group Leader, Senior Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor. Cancelled sessions will not be refunded. Group registration is final sale.

  • If Best Behaviour Inc. cancels a group session for any reason, I will be notified as soon as possible. I will receive a service credit equivalent to the hours missed. A refund will also be available upon request.

  • In the event of inclement weather, Best Behaviour Inc. reminds all clients and team members to travel by car only when it is safe to do so and when you do travel, allow for extra time, take care, and have caution on the roads. If the Group Leader is unable to get to a session due to inclement weather, they may cancel the session. If it is a centre-based session and the centre is closed due to inclement weather, all parties will be notified. In both situations, the session will not be billed.

  • Sessions will not be held on the following statutory holidays: New Year’s Day, Ontario Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.