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Behaviour Therapy (ABA/IBI)

1. What is ABA/IBI?

ABA stands for Applied Behaviour Analysis. ABA is the scientific study of behaviour analysis and is used to teach socially relevant skills. ABA is a clinically proven method for teaching people with autism (ASD) and other developmental concerns.

IBI stands for Intensive Behavioural Intervention. IBI is based on the principles of ABA but it is intensive – approximately 20 hours per week for a minimum of two years.

2. How do I sign my child up for Behaviour Therapy?

The first step to enrolling your child in Behaviour Therapy with eXL is to contact us to make an appointment with our Director and Senior Therapist. We will collect as much information as we can from you, conduct a comprehensive two-part screening with your child, and make recommendations for an individualized program based on the information gathered. We will also answer all your questions and give you a tour of our facility.

3. How much time will my child spend at eXL each week?

Each child is unique and it is very important that their program address their unique challenges and goals. Our team will conduct a two-part screening and meet with you to determine the best service model for your child.

4. Who will be teaching my child?

Your child’s team will consist of a Senior Therapist and 2 – 4 Instructor Therapists.

Our Senior Therapists are highly trained, with several years of experience in the field of Behaviour/ABA and have obtained or are working towards their BCBA Certification. The Senior Therapist will conduct the initial screening, determine the program goals, supervise the administration of the ABLLS assessment and analyse the results, and write all the learning and behaviour programs for your child.

Instructor Therapists are the individuals who work with your child in each session. Your child’s team will be made up of 2-4 Instructor Therapists, depending on your child’s service model. Our Instructor Therapists have a college or university degree in the field of Behaviour/ABA and have been trained by our Senior Therapists.

5. What kind of behaviour assessment tools does eXL utilize?

When your child begins service with eXL, his/her team of professionals will conduct the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS). The ABLLS is the standard measure of skills assessment used in the field of ABA. It assesses a comprehensive list of skills the average child will acquire between birth and age six. It is comprised of 26 skill domains, including fine and gross motor skills, receptive and expressive language, self help, social and learning skills, as well as pre-academics. The ABLLS is used, along with your feedback and observations, to determine initial and ongoing goals for your child.

Additional assessment tools that may be used include the VB-MAPP and the Vineland.

6. What qualifications do your staff possess?
All of our staff possess an exemplary combination of academic training and experience in the field of Behaviour/ABA.  Our Senior Therapists are highly trained, with several years of experience in the field of Behaviour/ABA and have obtained or are working towards their BCBA Certification.  Our Instructor Therapists have a college or university degree in the field of Behaviour/ABA and have been trained by our Senior Therapists.

Private School

7. What grades do you teach?

eXL is a registered, elementary (Grades 1 – 8) private school, however, we do not organize our students or classrooms by grade, but rather, by skill, ability, and academic level. Upon applying to eXL, each new student will undergo an academic assessment to determine which classroom would be the most appropriate fit.

8. What is the teacher : student ratio in the classrooms?

eXL understands the importance small class sizes play in a child’s learning. We currently have classrooms operating at a 3:1 ratio and an 8:1 ratio. Upon applying to eXL, each new student will undergo an assessment to determine which classroom would be the most appropriate fit.

9. Does your school follow the Ontario Curriculum?

The eXL curriculum meets and exceeds the expectations set by the Ministry of Education in Ontario. Students are provided with language-based instruction and materials that focus on developing foundational processing skills, comprehension skills, learning skills and strategies, and social skills.

10. What qualifications do your teachers possess?

Teachers at eXL are dedicated professionals who are eager to share their enthusiasm for learning and their commitment to quality education.  Our teachers possess a combination of academic training and experience in the fields of education, special education, and/or behaviour analysis. Appropriate teaching qualifications typically include a Bachelor of Education from a recognized university.

eXL takes a very collaborative approach to teaching and learning. Our students are additionally supported by our Behaviour/ABA and Speech-Language teams to provide a well-rounded, positive learning experience.

11. Do you have before and after care?

A typical school day is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We offer before and after care for a nominal fee.

12. Is the goal of the private school to eventually transition the students to a mainstream high school?

Absolutely! We work collaboratively with the student, the family, and the school to ensure a smooth transition to high school.

Education Services – Tutoring

13. When should I be concerned about my child’s performance at school?

Many different children can benefit from tutoring. If your child demonstrates any of the concerns below, he/she may be an ideal candidate for tutoring at eXL:

• Shows greater potential for learning than his/her report cards would indicate
• Demonstrates low personal motivation
• Language skills are behind motor and perceptual skills
• Test anxiety interferes with classroom performance
• Shyness or social anxiety interferes with learning
• Inability to complete assigned homework
• Inability to pay attention in school
• Inability to listen or follow instructions
• Deficits in one subject area (i.e. Math, Reading)
• Inability to achieve average grades

An academic assessment at eXL can help identify your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses and help develop an intervention plan for him/her.

14. Who will be tutoring my child?

Our tutors are trained teachers (possess a Bachelors of Education from a recognized university) with additional training in special education and/or behaviour analysis. New students are matched with tutors who have the appropriate qualifications and experience to best support the students’ learning.

15. What subjects and grades do you tutor?

eXL provides subject specific tutoring for all subjects from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our students are matched with a tutor whose qualifications and experience best matches the students needs.

eXL also provides EQAO test preparation tutoring as well as explicit instruction tutoring in “soft skills” such as study skills, test preparation, time management, organization, memorization strategies, etc.

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