The SAAAC Autism Centre encourages lifelong
development of the children, youth, and
adults we serve through diverse therapies
Supporting students in the development of skills and behaviours needed to integrate them into home, school and community life.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is one of the most effective treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At the SAAAC Autism Centre, we deliver an evidencebased treatment that ensures our students are being prepared for life beyond the treatment room. Our 1-to-1 and group sessions will focus on teaching a variety of skills including but not limited to functional living skills such as communication, dressing and grooming that help promote personal independence. We target development in the areas of social skills and motor skills. In addition, we focus on developing play/leisure skills as well as academics. We work in collaboration with families to develop individualized, comprehensive treatment plans tailored to meet the needs of each student.
Our ABA program adheres to the strict staffing requirements outlined in the Ontario Autism Program, and is led by qualified therapists who adhere to the industry standards outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).
|Open||Therapy||Please call for details||2-18|
Our team of experienced Speech-Language Pathologists
work to develop effective treatment plans to help families
reach their communication goals.
Our SLPs treat a variety of speech difficulties including voice and fluency disorders and motor speech disorders, while encouraging skill development in the areas of non-verbal communication, expressive and receptive language, and social communication skills.
|Open||Clinical Services||Please call for details||2.5+|
The OT program offers comprehensive assessment, treatment and consultation to meet the individual needs and goals of the client and family.
Goals might include the following:
Strategies and recommendations can be given for adolescents and adult clients.
|Open||Clinical Services||Please call for details||2 months – 12 years|
The SAAAC Creative Arts Program is a visual arts initiative that aims to inspire creativity, enhance cognitive abilities and promote social inclusion for individuals with autism.
Through artistic exploration and skill development, our artists will work towards creating vibrant works of art, raising awareness and beautifying our communities. The program’s objectives include the following:
The Just Dance program is an adapted dance program designed to make dance fun and accessible to children and youth with autism.
Dance carries with it the unique qualities of being nonverbal, creative, and emotionally appealing. Such qualities can be used as viable teaching instruments to facilitate social interaction, self-expression, and communication.
The Just Dance program helps students increase physical activity through song and dance; creates an environment for meaningful social interaction between students; and allows our dancers to creatively express themselves. The program also aims to improve gross motor skills, increase the use of facial expressions, and develop strength and coordination.
Dancers are given the opportunity to showcase their skills through a variety of public performances held throughout the year.
|9am or 10am|
The Ready to Play Fitness program teaches functional movement skills, which our athletes can generalize into their daily lives and use for a lifetime.
The Functional Fitness & Movement Skills program is an adapted fitness program that is fun and dynamic that develops fundamental movement skills in children and youth with autism. The program is built around improving fundamental strength, stability, locomotive, and motor planning skills. By working on these areas, our athletes will build strength, stability and coordination, with the goal of performing more complex movements over time.
Through well designed physical activities and games, our athletes will develop lifelong movement skills.
|1hr – Monday||Recreation||$80/12 weeks||5+|
|5:30 or 6:30p|
The Living’N’Learning program supports young adults living with autism by helping them to learn new and meaningful skills that encourage independent living.
Through an engaging curriculum and supportive instructors, our program encourages students to create greater connections to the people and community around them.
The Living’N’Learning program places an emphasis on the following domains of learning:
The Living’N’Learning program provides students with fun, challenging, and meaningful daily activities with the goal of preparing them for life outside the classroom.
|Mon-Fri||Adult Support||$70/day||Post highschool,21+|
|9am – 3pm||$350/week|
The M-DOC helps improve practices that could lead to earlier autism identification and intervention services for under-served communities.
The M-DOC team helps families address questions regarding their child’s development, and provides a well-defined pathway to access greater support if developmental concerns are identified. The M-DOC is designed to help families act early and to help their children receive important support services, which can lead to significantly better developmental outcomes.
The mobile aspect of our clinic allows our team to deliver community-based, point of care service to vulnerable populations by meeting families where they are.
|Open||Diagnosis Support||Free||18 months - 4 years|
The CARES program is a family support program that empowers caregivers to overcome the challenges posed by an autism diagnosis.
CARES is a family support program aimed at increasing caregiver capacity to support the development of children with autism. The program is delivered through a combination of support group discussions, expert led workshops, and social leisure activities. Caregivers are also offered structured respite support for their children during all sessions.
|Open||Caregiver Support||Free||open to all caregivers|
SAAAC Camp is designed for fun, laughter, and victories (big and small!). Our staff and volunteers are ready to help children and youth with autism have a meaningful and engaging camp experience through play-based learning.
At SAAAC Camps, learning and fun go hand in hand. That is why all our activities at camp- from arts & crafts to a day at the park – are Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) embedded, which means we are constantly teaching valuable skills through play.
Our Camp Staff are certified and trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). They have years of experience working with individuals with autism and are committed to creating a fun, safe, and educational environment for children and youth to enjoy and grow.
|Mar, Jul, Aug||Recreation||$350/week*||6+|
|9am – 3pm||$450/week*†|
Every child is unique and constantly learning. They can become resilient, capable, confident and curious.
The Foundation for Success Program will help young children learn in a supportive and therapeutic learning environment based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).Our programming is enhanced with the involvement of a multidisciplinary team including a Speech-Language Therapist, Occupation Therapist Assistants, and Instructor Therapists.
The Foundation for Success Program will help children prepare for the following:
|Mon-Fri||Early Years||Part-time: $7,500||2-4|
|Half Day: 9am - 12 pm or 1pm -4pm||Full-time: $ 15,000|
|Full Day: 9am - 4pm,|
The focus of the Centre’s Case Management services is to improve children and family well being.
Our Case Management service helps families develop strategies to improve children and family well being. We connect families with various resources within the community and help them access funding support from private and government sources. All families registered with the SAAAC Autism Centre benefit from access to Case Management support.
Open – Caregiver Support – Free – Open
|Opern||Caregiver Support||Free||open to all caregivers|
Your child’s most important teacher is you
The Everyday ABA program will give you the skills, tools and confidence to help your child on the Autism Spectrum. Our program is created and facilitated by experienced therapists and caregivers who share a common goal: to help you and your child thrive. Through discussion, online presentations, demonstrations, interactive activities, and hands-on practice we provide you with the practical tools and resources to help your child excel at home and in the community.
|Fridays 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm||Caregiver Support||$1100||Adults (with children 3+)|
Rapid and personalized care to support children with autism to keep themselves from harm as well as their loved ones.
This service is provided through the Toronto Autism Services Network.
You can register directly with them here: Urgent Response Services
|Register with Toronto Autism Services Network||https://www.torontoautismservices.ca/urgent-response-service/||Ministry Funded||2-18|
The Entry to School skill-building and transition planning supports help prepare children who are entering school for the first time.
This service is provided through the Toronto Autism Services Network.
You can register directly with them here: Entry To School Program
|Register with Toronto Autism Services Network||https://www.torontoautismservices.ca/entry-to-school-program/||Ministry Funded||3-6, starting kindergarten or grade 1 for the first time|
Can’t find what you are looking for? Please contact our
Centre and we will be happy to answer your questions.
We are proud to employ talented and compassionate autism and health professionals who meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (CASLPO). Our program offerings are built in consultation with industry experts with the goal of helping individuals with ASD reach and exceed their potential.