ABA Services by Sophia Catania, M.ADS
Providing evidence-based, meaningful ABA services for families, so that all children can reach their full potential.
Sophia supervises home and community based ABA and IBI teams in the region of Waterloo, for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental or behavioural disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings with many different populations, including centre-based programs, school support, and adult day programs.
She has always known that her future career would involve helping and working with children. Applied Behaviour Analysis has proven to be the perfect avenue. She received her Honours B.A. in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University, and her Master of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) at Brock University. She is in the process of pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).
Sophia is an active member, in good standing, of the Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI), Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), and Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA). She is also a certified Proloquo2Go 4 Trainer.
Behaviour analysis is the scientific study of behaviour. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) uses the principles of behaviour analysis to create treatment options that achieve socially significant improvements in behaviour. It can be used for children and adults with developmental or behavioural disorders, as well as typical populations. It is also the only evidence-based treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
ABA uses tools like motivation and reinforcement to facilitate learning and reduce challenging behaviours. It can be done in a 1:1 or group setting, typically implemented by an Instructor Therapist and supervised by a Behaviour Consultant. Individualized programs are created to target the learner’s needs, teach new skills, and reduce challenging behaviours. ABA is data driven, meaning that all skills are monitored and analyzed to ensure the learner is progressing. If they are not making adequate progress, programs are revised to achieve a more positive outcome.
A wide variety of skills can be taught, including:
Challenging behaviours can also be targeted, including:
ABA is designed to be implemented for 2-4 hours (or more) per week. Service is focused on a specific skill or set of skills to teach or challenging behaviour to reduce.
Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) uses the same behaviour analytic principles as ABA, but is designed to be implemented for 20 hours (or more) per week. Because of this, service can target a wider range of skills and challenging behaviours. It is also specifically designed to treat children with ASD.
It can be done in a 1:1 or group setting, typically implemented by an Instructor Therapist and supervised by a Behaviour Consultant or Psychologist. Individualized programs are created to target the learner’s needs, teach new skills, and reduce challenging behaviours. Like ABA, IBI is data driven and recognizes the importance of parent training.
Sophia provides comprehensive services to create effective ABA/IBI programs for learners of all ages. This includes:
Sophia can also provide supervision and/or training for the following individuals:
Contact Sophia to discuss opportunities and availability.
Do you have questions about ASD, ABA or IBI? Has your child received funding from the new Ontario Autism Program? Contact Sophia to discuss which services would be right for your child or young adult.
Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) www.children.gov.on.ca
Assistive Devices Program www.health.gov.on.ca
Autism Ontario Camp Funding www.autismontario.com
Child Disability Benefit (CBD) www.cra-arc.gc.ca
Easter Seals Access2 Card www.access2card.ca/
Easter Seals Incontinence Supplies Grant Program www.easterseals.org
Ontario Disability Support Program www.mcss.gov.on.ca
Ontario Autism Program www.children.gov.on.ca/autism
Passport Funding www.mcss.gov.on.ca
President's Choice Special Needs Assistance www.presidentschoice.ca
Respite Services http://www.eafwr.on.ca
Special Services at Home (SSAH) www.children.gov.on.ca
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