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|
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.
|Tues & Thurs||Caregiver Support||Free||3+|
|5:30 or 7:00 pm|
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.
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 Skills Development program utilizes in-centre support along with parent training to help children and youth with autism reach their desired goals.
Through an initial assessment, a list of finite goals is developed with parent/guardian involvement. The program then utilizes both in-centre support and caregiver training to help students and families reach those goals and maintain them.
The Skills Development program utilizes evidence – based practices for goal achievement and is supervised by a Clinical Supervisor. The program is three hours/week and has a 1-to-1 student to therapist ratio.
|Open||Therapy||$40/hour||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.
*Fee subsidy available to help individuals and families with low income.
|Open||Therapy||Please call for details||2.5+|
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 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.
|Mon, Tues, Fri||Therapy||$960 (2 assessment sessions and 8 treatment sessions)||12 months – 12 years|
|$90/hour (45 min session)|
|$120/hour ( Assessment - 1 hour)|
|$100/hour (consultation and meetings)|
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.