ABA Services by Sophia Catania, M.ADS, BCBA
Providing meaningful, evidence-based ABA services, so that all children can reach their full potential.
Sophia is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). This means she has taken Masters-level courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis, completed a 1500-hour supervised practicum, and passed a board exam to become certified. As a BCBA, she follows a code of ethics that requires her to modify socially significant behaviour using evidence-based services within her scope of practice. You can visit the BACB website to learn more.
She works with children and young adults of all ages, 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 is also a certified Proloquo2Go Trainer. For more information, visit LinkedIn or Facebook.
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.
Sophia provides comprehensive services to create effective ABA/IBI programs for learners of all ages. This includes behaviour and skill assessments, individualized programs, supervision of programs, parent and staff training, and school support.
Sophia can also provide supervision and/or training for the following individuals:
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) uses principles of behaviour to create treatment options that achieve socially significant change. 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 Analyst. 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:
What's the difference between ABA and IBI?
Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) is simply referring to applying principles of ABA in an intensive setting (20+ hours/week).
How do I choose between home-based and centre-based therapy?
Every learner is different, and there are pros and cons to both. Home-based therapy allows the learner to practice skills in their natural environment. It allows parents to be more involved, which helps with the generalization and maintenance of skills. It also gives the therapists the flexibility to go out into the community. Centre-based therapy is great for learners who require full-day therapy sessions, or who benefit from being around other children with similar skills.
How can you practice social skills in a home-based program?
Community outings are great for practicing social skills with typically developing peers. Your local library, Early Years Centre, or YMCA will have many drop-in programs that therapists can attend with the learner.
Who will be a part of my child’s therapy team?
A psychologist may be required to supervise the team if government funding is being used. If not, a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) will supervise. They will be in charge of creating programs, monitoring progress, and training parents and therapists. A senior therapist may be involved as well. They might be in the process of completing or recently completed their Master’s degree. They can work 1:1 with your child, as well as help with program preparation and staff training. An instructor therapist is the person who will be working 1:1 with your child. They may have received on-the-job training, completed a college-level Autism and Behaviour Sciences program, or received their Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certification.
How much does therapy cost?
There are 2 routes you can take: paying a lump sum or paying each team member individually. The total cost of therapy depends on the number of hours of therapy/week. If you receive service from a company/agency, you will likely be asked to pay a fixed rate for service. From that amount, all team members are paid from that lump sum. If you work with a private provider who works with independent contractors, you pay each team member individually. Rates can vary depending on the individual’s experience and credentials.
How many hours/week does my child need?
Some learners make amazing gains with just a few hours of therapy per week. Others require more intensive therapy. A minimum of 3-10 hours/week is recommended. If you have government funding, you may be able to increase hours to 20-30 hours/week.
How do I know if I qualify for government funding?
You can click here to contact your local single point of access for the new Ontario Autism Program.
Do you have questions about ABA therapy? Has your child received funding from the new Ontario Autism Program? Contact Sophia to discuss which services might 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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