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Toronto ABA Therapy for Autism. Social skills training for kids. Camp. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions, based upon the principles of learning theory, to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree. The ABA approach teaches social, motor, and verbal behaviors, as well as reasoning skills. ABA therapy is especially useful in teaching behaviors to children with autism who may otherwise not “pick up” these behaviors on their own, as other kids would. The ABA approach can be used by a parent, counselor, or certified behavior analyst. ABA therapy for autism uses careful behavioral observation and positive reinforcement or prompting to teach each step of a behavior. A kid’s behavior is reinforced with a reward when he or she performs each of the steps correctly. Undesirable behaviors, or those that interfere with learning and social skills, are watched closely. The goal is to determine what happens to trigger a behavior, and what happens after that behavior to reinforce it. The idea is to remove these triggers and reinforcers from the child’s environment. New reinforcers are then used to teach the child a different behavior in response to the same trigger. ABA therapy for autism can include any of several established teaching tools, including discrete trial training, incidental teaching, pivotal response training, fluency building, and verbal behavior (VB). In discrete trial training, an ABA practitioner gives a clear instruction about a desired behavior (for example, “Pick up the paper”). If the child responds correctly, the behavior is reinforced (for example, “Great job! Have an M&M”). If the child doesn’t respond correctly, the practitioner gives a gentle prompt (for example, places kid’s hand over the paper). The hope is that the child will eventually learn to generalize the correct response.

Our mission is to be a leader in quality and needs-based therapy and education for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays from 1 to 15 years old. Our vision is to offer a unique individualized curriculum focusing on advancing each child's quality of life and to help each child reach their full potential. ABA Academy's therapists possess in-depth knowledge of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). They are supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who abide by the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. All staff meet Ontario Autism Program requirements. Our Clinical Supervisor and Senior Therapist Carol Shum, MAds, BCBA. Carol holds a Master of Applied Disability Studies degree from Brock University and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2015. She started in the field of developmental disabilities in 2003 and has extensive experience in behavioral and developmental assessments, treatment development and supervision in a variety of settings and with a broad range of clients of different ages and with varying degrees of needs. Carol's work experience includes provincially funded programs for children and teenagers with developmental diagnoses, consultation with school professionals, and provision of clinical oversight of comprehensive and focused ABA services for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities.

ABA Therapy (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles. Its naturalistic approach demonstrates remediation of the core symptoms of autism and/or used to develop new skills.  It can help target many intermediate to advanced goals such as conversation skills, academic supports, group / classroom instructions, social skills, expressive language and many other individualized targets.  Progress is tracked through many data driven measurement tools. 

Instructor Therapist

ABA Academy Inc.

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Do you have what it takes to be an Instructor Therapist?  ABA Academy is an accredited service provider with certified therapy professionals servicing children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders.  We deliver individualized ABA therapeutic programs and services to our clients in home-based, centre-based and community-based locations across the Greater Toronto, Markham, and Richmond Hill areas.  We are currently seeking an Instructor Therapist to implement ABA programs as part of a clinical team which includes instructor therapists, senior therapist, and clinical supervisor. This is a part-time independent contractor position with the possibility to become full-time employment (with training, benefits, and vacation) for a flexible and reliable worker.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Implementing client-specific Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programming and teaching procedures with individuals with autism or other related developmental disabilities in one-on-one and/or group settings.

  • Delivering direct service in centire-based, home-based, and community-based settings.

  • Diligently recording and graphing data.

  • Documenting progress through detailed notes.

  • Any other related administration duties as assigned by the Senior Therapist.

Qualifications and Skills
  • A degree in psychology or related field or a diploma in a behaviour science program (such as Behavioural Science Technology Diploma, Autism Behavioural Science Certificate, Early Childhood Education Diploma or Degree).

  • Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) or working towards RBT certification.

  • Experience implementing ABA teaching strategies with children and adolescents with autism, learning disabilities and related exceptionalism.

  • 1 to 2 years of experience working as an Instructor Therapist or in an ABA setting.

  • Excellent problem solving, communication, interpersonal, organizational, and team player skills.

  • Valid licence to drive in Ontario, access to a vehicle and willing to travel across the Greater Toronto Area.

  • Availability on Saturday mornings

  • Recent Criminal Background Check - Vulnerable Sector Screening (not older than 6 months)

  • Valid First Aid & CPR certificate