South Asian Autism Awareness Centre Enriches Its Treatment Program with State-of-the-Art Skills® Tool

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June 10, 2014

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South Asian Autism Awareness Centre Enriches Its Treatment Program with State-of-the-Art Skills® Tool

 The Skills® technology provides South Asian Autism Awareness Centre the ability to streamline assessments, individualized treatment plans and progress tracking.

SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO (June 10, 2014) – South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC) today announced the implementation of Skills®, a web-based tool, in its clients’ treatment programs.  The Centre, located in Scarborough, Ontario, treats children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities and is gradually introducing Skills® with each of its clients.  The Skills® tool improves the SAAAC assessment process and its ability to designing effective individualized treatment plans for its clients while automating the tracking of progress and enhancing collaboration between the treatment team and families.

“Skills® guides us with a strong repertoire of potential activities and goals for the students we work with and has proven to be an ideal solution, as we work with a high number of children and youth of varying ages,” said Program Director of South Asian Autism Awareness Centre Neeran Kuni.  “Skills® is a great answer to our need for measurable outcomes, evidence- based practices, and a universal approach that can be utilized by staff, parents, and siblings alike.”

“Skills® is the result of 30 years of research and evidence-based practices in the assessment and treatment of children with ASD,” said Eliana Ferreira, Skills® director and general manager.  “Several studies have been published documenting the validity and reliability of Skills® components.”

According to Autism Society Canada, autism is recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities in Canada.  Although there is no federal government monitoring system in place to provide accurate statistics on the prevalence of ASD in Canada, statistics by Health Canada state that international studies indicate about one in every 150 to 160 children has autism.

About South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC):

South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC) was created with the intention of inspiring families impacted by ASD with a special focus on the cultural elements in the South Asian community that pose particular challenges.  It serves members of the community with a particular interest on South Asian families because of the certain cultural elements within the South Asian community that prevent access to meaningful and comprehensive information and treatments.  SAAAC provides supplementary therapies for individuals with ASD and offers a number of programs that engage families through group discussions.  It also provides periodic workshops about ASD-related topics and concerns and advocates for families at various institutions where language may be a barrier.

About Skills®: The Online Autism Solution is a web-based tool that gives users the ability to assess an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, design individualized and comprehensive treatment and teaching plans, and track progress.  The program is based on the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Although Skills® will automate lessons, it also allows users the flexibility to tailor the program to an individual’s unique needs.  Each of the nearly 4,000 lessons includes worksheets, visual aids, tracking forms, and video lessons.  Skills® is used in over 14 countries, in several school districts, and by autism treatment providers and insurance companies throughout the United States. For more information, visit