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Our Mission: Parents of children with autism or other special needs often have a very difficult time helping their child overcome their challenges. We work as a transdisciplinary team to create individualized, functional, evidence-based interventions that teach these missing skills. As a result, the family achieves an improved quality of life. 

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA Therapy) at Side by Side Therapy I
Applied Behaviour Analysis

ABA Therapy: The overall goal of ABA therapy is to make meaningful changes in a person’s life by increasing desired behaviours and decreasing interfering behaviours.  Applied behaviour analysis can be used to remove barriers that are limiting a client by allowing them to lead more independent lives. ABA therapy is one of the most effective interventions for treating Autism Spectrum Disorder. Using a variety of strategies, the ABA team utilizes reinforcement to increase the likelihood that the client will engage in desired behaviours. 

Speech Therapy at Side by Side Therapy
Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy: Speech-Language Pathologists are therapists that lead the way in addressing communication problems.  Some children have speech disorders (articulation problems, fluency problems or voice disorders) while others have language disorders (receptive or expressive disorders or cognitive-communication disorders). Your SLP will create interventions that will address your child’s current communication and will provide them with opportunities to learn to communicate their needs. 

Occupational Therapy at Side by Side Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapy allows people to do things that are important to them.  An Occupational Therapist devises interventions that allow your child to be more successful in engaging in the activities that they are interested in or are required to do. Some examples of areas where an OT might be helpful include: self-care, participation in the community or school and leisure activities. 

Respite Training at Side by Side

Respite: Every family needs time to rest and rejuvenate.  Respite provides that opportunity to rest with the comfort of knowing that your child is being cared for by someone with extra training in their specific needs.  Respite can also be an opportunity for your child to engage in activities that you’re not able to accompany them to, allowing your child to expand their life experiences by opening up their world. 

Social Skills Training - Side by Side Therapy
Social Skills Training

Social Skills Training: Many children do not pick up on social cues through osmosis.  These children need to be taught these missing skills through a structured intervention that follows a curriculum.  These skills could include: how to initiate and end conversations, how to respectfully interrupt, how to understand other’s body language and more. 

Therapeutic Recreation - Side by Side Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation: Recreation Therapists treat and maintain physical, cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing by engaging their clients in recreational activities. It is not simply playing with the client, but rather achieving goals while using the vehicle of recreation. Goals are written for each client and each activity is chosen to specifically target these goals. The idea behind Therapeutic Recreation blends nicely with ABA in that motivation is key and that activities are tailored to the interests of the client. 

Autism ABA Therapy Lindsey Malc Side by Side Therapy boy and therapist
Psycho-Educational Assessments

Psycho-Educational Assessment: Often children who are struggling in school are referred for ‘testing’. Parents often don’t understand what this means or what will be accomplished. Using a variety of tests, our psychometrist will work with your child to establish the baseline of your child’s learning, to see what areas are difficult and will suggest strategies or interventions that will be helpful for your child. He will assess your child’s academic, intellectual and social-emotional development. An integral part of the process is meeting with the parents to discuss the child’s needs and the parent’s perspectives. He can also meet with your child’s school to explain the findings.