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FAQs

Behaviour Therapy (ABA/IBI)

1. What is the difference between ABA and IBI?

ABA stands for Applied Behaviour Analysis. ABA is defined as a method of teaching socially relevant skills using the scientific principles of behaviour analysis. A comprehensive ABA program will target a number of skills simultaneously whereas a focused ABA program will focus on 1-2 skills.

IBI stands for Intensive Behaviour Intervention. IBI is a form of ABA that is considered “intensive” specifically in terms of the number of hours of therapy a child receives.

ABA / IBI should be delivered by behaviour therapists who are highly trained in behaviour analysis and supervised by BCBAs or Psychologists with specific training in ABA.

 

2. How many hours of ABA therapy does my child need?

Each child is unique and it is very important that their program addresses their individual challenges and goals. Our clinical team will gather information from the parents/caregivers during the initial intake meeting and conduct a screening assessment with the child directly to determine clinical recommendations.

3. What credentials do eXL behaviour therapists have?

The ABA program at eXL is supervised by our Clinical Director who is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Your child’s clinical team will consist of a Senior Therapist and a team of Instructor Therapists working under the supervision of the Clinical Director.

Senior Therapists at eXL are highly trained professionals with several years of experience in the field of behaviour analysis and have obtained or are working towards their BCBA or BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst) certifications.

Instructor Therapists at eXL have a range of educational and professional backgrounds including formal instruction in ABA, education, psychology, early childhood education, and child and youth work. All Instructor Therapists complete a comprehensive initial training program upon commencing employment with eXL as well as ongoing training and professional development to ensure the highest quality of service is being provided to our clients.

Supervising psychologists and doctoral level BCBAs may also be available.

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

When your child begins service with eXL, his/her team of professionals will conduct a full behavioural assessment. The assessment tools that are commonly used at eXL include:

  • Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS)
  • Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
  • Vineland
  • PEAK

Additional assessment tools may be used depending on the needs of the individual.

Private School

5. What grades do you teach?

eXL is a private elementary school offering instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Classrooms at eXL are organized by levels rather than grades, based on the students’ skills, abilities, and academic level.

During the school admissions process, the prospective student will undergo a screening assessment to determine the appropriate placement within our school.

6. What is the teacher – student ratio in the classrooms?

eXL understands the importance small class sizes play in a child’s learning. We currently offer classrooms with the following student to teacher ratios: 3:2, 3:1, and 5:1.

During the school admissions process, the prospective student will undergo a screening assessment to determine the appropriate placement within our school.9. Does your school follow the Ontario Curriculum?

7. What qualifications do your teachers possess?

Our elementary school is supervised by our Clinical Director who possesses a teaching degree (B.Ed) as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Our school teachers are Ontario Certified Teachers (OCTs) and/or trained behaviour therapists.

The curriculum in each of our classes is tailored to meet the needs of the individual students within them. As such, each class is taught by a teacher or behaviour therapist whose experience and background is best suited to that specific program.

8. Do you use the Ontario Curriculum?

eXL provides a customized and individualized curriculum to meet the unique needs of each student. The Ontario Curriculum is used where appropriate alongside eXL supplementary programs.

 

9. Do you offer before and after care?

eXL’s full-day school program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Before and After Care available for an additional fee.

Before Care begins at 8:00 a.m. and After Care ends at 5:30 p.m.

10. How much is the tuition?

The tuition fees at eXL depend on the student’s placement within our school. For more information about tuition and/or admissions into our school, please contact the Executive Director at info@exlcentre.com.

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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