New Program: Interdisciplinary Therapy Program

We are so excited to launch our Interdisciplinary Therapy Program, which integrates evidence-based therapies from three disciplines - Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech and Language Therapy (SLP), and Occupational Therapy (OT). 

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 Interdisciplinary Therapy Program • Age 2+ 

Our Interdisciplinary Therapy Program integrates evidence-based therapies from three disciplines - Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech and Language Therapy (SLP), and Occupational Therapy (OT). 

 

In the Think Tank curriculum, play is the solid base of learning – that is learning about play skills and modalities to understand the environment and interact and socialize with others. Through play, children learn how to interact with their peers and the environment, how to problem solve, and how to be creative and use reasoning skills (Pyle et al., 2018). Sometimes, children who are neurodiverse have different ways to engage in play, and therefore have different ways to engage with others in their environment or learn about their worlds.

Learning Objectives

Students will be assessed using VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program), as well as individual speech and language therapy and occupational therapy observation and formal assessments.

 

Students will then have direct and specific therapy goals developed by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Speech & Language Pathologist (SLP) and Occupational Therapist (OT) that meet their developmental level and needs.

 

Step by step teaching and learning how to play and engaging in different types of play (e.g., constructive, pretend play, play with rules) is included within the Think Tank curriculum and is taught through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), together with modes and ways of learning using speech and language therapy and occupational therapy, among others. Through play-based learning, children learn the skills needed to engage in meaningful play and learn pre-academic skills needed to successfully transition to a school setting.  These skills include learning to tolerate delays, coping with environmental distractors, learning leisure skills, self-care skills such as feeding, and a main focus on functional communication.

Schedule

  • 9:00 am: Arrival; target independence with changing shoes, putting bags in cubbies, preparing for the day.

  • 9:05 am to 11:15 am: Students transition every 45 minutes in groups through the centre, including Big Room activities (circle time, games, gross motor activities), classroom activities (table top, crafts, fine motor activities), sensory play and learn-to-play programming. Staff will also work one-to-one with students for their individual clinical hours before returning to the group. 

  • 11:15 am to 12:00 pm: Lunch*

  • 12:00 pm: Departure for half-day students.

  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Students continue to transition every 30 minutes in groups through the centre. Staff will also work one-to-one with students for their individual clinical hours before returning to the group. 

  • 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm: Snack*

  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Students continue to transition every 30 minutes in groups through the centre. Staff will also work one-to-one with students for their individual clinical hours before returning to the group. 

  • 3:00 pm: Departure for full day students.

 

*Lunch and snack times will focus on feeding and fine motor skills, as well as communication with peers. Based on each student’s individual goals, some may receive one-to-one programming during these times.

Each aspect of our Interdisciplinary Therapy Program is overseen by the respective clinicians, with our Program Manager bringing everything together day to day in our centre.

Click below to learn more about our clinical team:

Fee: $95/hr • Minimum enrollment of 9 hours per week

  • 3 clinical hours of one-to-one therapy (1 hour Speech and Language therapy, 1 hour ABA therapy, 1 hour Occupational Therapy)

  • 6 hours of small group therapy with a ratio of 1 staff member for every 3 students

  • $350 registration fee upon new enrollment for first block (no registration fee for subsequent consecutive blocks)

Program

  • Runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • 12-week blocks

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