Autism Program
The Starbright Children’s Development Centre Autism Program provides behaviour intervention for children under 9 years of age who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Our program teaches to the core needs of children with autism based on the most current research, and focuses on social interaction skills, the functional use of language and increasing the child’s ability to function positively in their family and in the community.
Our Treatment Toolbox

  • Use of principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Discrete Trial Training
  • Developmental Strategies
  • Natural Environment Teaching
  • Social Cognition

Our Multidisciplinary Team includes:

  • RASP-accredited Behaviour Consultant
  • Program Consultants
  • Senior Behaviour Interventionists
  • Behaviour Interventionists
  • Consultation services of a Speech Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist as well as the support of a Clinical Counsellor.

    Benefits of Our Program
    1. Your child as the focus        We recognize  that each child is unique so our programming is based on the individual needs of each child and family. We encourage parent participation in the development of their child.

    2. One stop support!                  Sessions are held at Starbright Children’s Development Centre in order to allow access to specialized therapy equipment and opportunities for peer interaction. Your child can receive a range of services from various professional all at Starbright. In locating the sessions at the Centre, the Program Consultants and the Behaviour Consultant are able to continuously monitor your child’s progress.

    3. Qualified staff                      Our Behaviour Consultant is a qualified RASP provider. The Behaviour Interventionists (BI) and Senior Behaviour Interventionists are hired and trained by Starbright. Our families frequently comment on the dedication and high quality of our BIs!

    4. Peer interaction                       Sessions at the Centre give many opportunities for peer interactions as there are many opportunities for your child to participate in group activities. In addition, Starbright now has a new therapeutic playground that provides an even wider range of programming support! Starbright Children’s Development Centre service options can also be tailored to meet your child’s needs, such as home sessions or include outings in the community.

    Program Costs Include:

  • Direct behaviour intervention
  • Individual program plans
  • Supervision of your child’s program
  • Charting, scoring assessment and preparing reports
  • Reviews of files and reports
  • Preparation for therapy
  • Contact with family (meetings, phone calls, consultation)
  • Collaborating with Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists and other providers to ensure all aspects are worked into your child’s plan
  • Administration – Monthly  invoicing and updating of data files.
  • Ongoing training for parents and BI’s

    Hours of Operation
    The Starbright Children’s Development Centre program runs Monday – Friday, with a total of six weeks of closure spread out over the course of the year (for example, stat holidays, Christmas closure, spring break closure).

    Morning Sessions         8:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

    Afternoon Sessions      12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    After School Sessions    3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Autism Awareness Day 2019!

Our Autism Program Team Leader, Karina Frisque gave a beautiful interview about Autism Awareness Day!

ABA Program
“The goal of any good ABA program is to identify the child’s naturally occurring motivation, capture it, and use it to help him learn”
~ Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA

Success Story
As a parent one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make, after finding out that my son Lucas was diagnosed with Autism and Phelan McDermid Syndrome, was to find a Centre that would have his best interest at heart and that would offer Lucas the utmost help. And after 3 years I still full heartedly believe Starbright is by far the best decision I have done for our son, Lucas.

When he first stared attending Starbright Lucas was only 2 years old and he couldn’t walk without the need of a walker, he had very little balance and now we have to remind him to walk and not run. He could only say  few words and now Lucas is forming sentences, he’s asking questions, making eye contact and he’s even able to let us know he’s hurt. They have taught him how to interact with others, how to play and they even taught him to ask for help.

All, and I do mean ALL, of the staff at Starbright are so caring, loving and eager to help our family in so many different ways to give Lucas the best possible chance at life. I love the fact that they all work together, as a team, for our children.
~ Sam Michiel, parent

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