Our Team 

What is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)? 

A Board Certified Behaviour Analyst is a highly specialized, graduate-level certification in behaviour analysis. BCBAs must follow a code of ethics and standards and are required to recertify.

What is the difference between an Occupational Therapist, a Speech and Language Therapist, a Physiotherapist, an Instructor Therapist and a Social Worker?

Instructor Therapist

Communication, relationships, language and social situations – these are just a few of the barriers children with autism face. KidsAbility’s BCBAs design customized therapy plans that become the roadmap that guide our Instructor Therapists as they work with children to break down these barriers helping families experience many firsts – from speaking and expressing their thoughts for the first time to families being able to participate in community activities together.

Types of Challenges, Therapies & Goals:  

  • Behaviours
  • Social situations
  • Relationships
  • Communication
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

 

Occupational Therapist

At KidsAbility, so many of the children we see have difficulty getting dressed, eating, brushing their teeth, tying their shoes or venturing out into the world. Everyday activities are a struggle that need to be overcome. Working closely with our occupational therapists, children learn to perform those everyday activities that are meaningful to them.

Types of Challenges, Therapies & Goals:

  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Fine motor skills challenges (holding a pencil, feeding, bathing, getting dressed, etc.)
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Toileting

 

Physiotherapist

Movement comes easily for most of us – we don’t even have to think about it. For some children and youth with special needs the opposite is true. Certain tasks – sitting, standing, walking or learning to operate a wheelchair - may require a lot of work and support to achieve. KidsAbility’s Physiotherapists work with each child and youth on their mobility challenges helping them to realize goals important to them.

Types of Challenges, Therapies & Goals:

  • Strengthening and stretching muscles
  • Gross motor skills (walking, biking, etc.)
  • Mobility
  • Balance

 

Social Worker

When a family receives the news that their child has special needs, often they don’t know what to do next or where to start. KidsAbility’s Social Workers come alongside the family to offer support and help in navigating this new world. Whether it’s providing counselling, behaviour and emotional support, transition planning or advocacy, our social workers are there every step of the way when families need them most.

Types of Challenges, Therapies & Goals:

  • Service navigation
  • Counselling
  • Support finding funding options
  • Community support
  • Advocacy

 

Speech and Language Therapist

When a child has a communication challenge, it can have a negative impact on their self-esteem, behaviour and ability to be successful in school. KidsAbility’s Speech-Language Therapists help children with a wide range of communication challenges from the child who struggles with certain sounds or letters, to the child who stutters, to the child who is non-verbal. Working with families to first identify what the challenge is, through one-on-one, group or coaching support, each child and family is given strategies and support to help them overcome the challenge.

Types of Challenges, Therapies & Goals:

  • Speech and language delays
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Stuttering
  • Augmentative Communication Services