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Behaviour, Speech-Language, Occupational Therapy - Oakville

Behaviour, Speech-Language & Occupational Therapy

Monarch House Oakville improves access, coordinates treatment, and focuses on results for families and individuals with developmental delays, disabilities, and changing needs throughout their lifespan. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA), speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists work collaboratively and individually as required to deliver evidence-based treatment in our centres, clients’ homes and schools, and in specialized housing settings. We are committed to continuous learning and conduct research to advance understanding and provide the most effective treatments possible.

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Monarch House - Oakville

1405 North Service Road East
Unit 103
Oakville, ON
L6H 1A7
905.849.7993
905.849.0424 fax
Hours
Monday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Clinic Features:
Free Parking
Late Hours
Wheelchair Accessible
Specialized Services Available At This Location
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Our Programs

Academy Kids

Our Academy Kids program involves individual (1:1) or small group (2:1)instruction and includes two 1-hour sessions each week. Whether your child is typically developing and you want to give them a head start or has been identified with a delay, he/she may be eligible.

 

Social Butterflies

This weekend group program will focus on teaching social and leisure (play) skills. Activities will focus around common preferred activities (as determined by a preference assessment) and may include structured physical games (e.g., Simon Says, parachute play, ball games), board games, crafts, and imaginative play. Specific social and leisure skill objectives for each child will be determined through an assessment conducted during the first session of each block in conjunction with family-identified goals.

 

Children’s Friendship Training

For children ages 7-12 who are facing challenges making and/or keeping friends. This 10-week, evidence-based group program has been proven effective with verbal children who have Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, or delayed social skill development. Developed at UCLA, this program gives children the opportunity to learn social skills such as making good first impressions, being a good sport, showing respect towards adults, conversational skills, and more. This is a parent-assisted program; therefore, parent participation is mandatory at each session.

 

PEERS®

PEERS® is a manualized social skills training program for youth with social challenges. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents (Grades 8-12) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but is also appropriate for adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional challenges. This 12-week evidence-based program is for motivated adolescents who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session participants are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialization activities (e.g., playing sports, board games, etc.). Parent participation is required and parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

 

Developmental Screening Clinic

This monthly clinic is a free of charge, drop-in service for parents to address questions and/or concerns regarding their child’s development. The clinic is run by a qualified team of professionals including:

  • a behaviour analyst
  • a speech-language pathologist
  • an occupational therapist

 

ABA School Program

This small-group ABA program is aimed at children who have mastered most components of an early intervention curriculum but still require extra support to learn and thrive in a mainstream classroom. The program will focus on skill areas such as language and communication, play, social skills, and school readiness. Classroom curricula and each child’s individualized program will be developed and monitored by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) and programs will be implemented by Registered Behavior Technicians™ (RBT™).

 

Adult Day Program

This small-group day treatment program is aimed at individuals with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, etc.), and acquired and traumatic brain injury. The program will be comprised of two streams: A Daily Living/Pre-Employment (DLP) Skills Supports stream and a Recreational stream. Within the DLP stream, the focus will be on practicing specific goals in the areas of adaptive and social skills. Within the Recreational Program, the focus will center on community participation and engagement. Programming will run in 12-week blocks throughout the year and classes will be supervised by Registered Behaviour Therapists (RBT) and volunteers. Clinical supervision will be provided by a Senior Behaviour Therapist and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

 

Project Impact

Monarch House is proud to partner with Autism Ontario to offer Project ImPACT. It is a 12 week evidence-based intervention that teaches social communication to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program is aimed at toddlers and young children, between the ages of 1 and 6. It uses a blend of developmental and naturalistic behaviour intervention (ABA) strategies. This program combines direct parent training in a small group format with individualized coaching sessions with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) to assist parents in applying the concepts and techniques presented.

 

Community Aphasia Programs

Monarch House facilitates group therapy for people living with aphasia via the Halton Peel Community Aphasia Programs. Our programs involve both small and large group activities and are intended for people who want to improve their communication. As an organization, we educate the community about aphasia and provide training and support to family members, friends, and caregivers.

Research

Our expert team at Monarch House is dedicated to improving the understanding of evidence-based treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other communication, learning and motor disorders. Utilizing the latest technologies, best practices and many years of clinical experience, our team has produced a number of contributions to the scientific literature, yielding a growing body of evidence for treatment as well as improvements in clinical practice, which can be seen in our work at Monarch House.

 

Research Publications (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Brogan, K. M., Rapp, J. T., Sennott, Lisa A., Cook, J. L., Swinkels, E. (2018). Further analysis of the predictive effects of a free-operant competing stimulus assessment on stereotypy. Behavior Modification, 42, 543-583. Click to access the document
  • Rapp, J. T., Cook, J. L., Nuta, R., Balagot, C., Crouchman, K., Jenkins, C., Karim, S., & Watters-Wybrow, C. (2018). Further evaluation of a practitioner model for increasing eye contact in children with autism. Behavior Modification. Advanced online publication. Click to access the document
  • Préfontaine, I., Lanovaz, M. J., McDuff, E., McHugh, C., & Cook, J. L. (2017). Using mobile technology to reduce engagement in stereotypy: A validation of decision-making algorithms. Behavior Modification. Advanced online publication. Click to access the document
  • Cook, J. L., Rapp, J. T., Burji, C., McHugh, C. & Nuta, R. (2017). A simple intervention for stereotypical engagement with an augmentative alternative communicative device. Behavioral Interventions. Click to access the document
  • Cook, J. L., Rapp, J. T., Mann, K. R., McHugh, C., Burji, C., & Nuta, R. (2017). A practitioner model for increasing eye contact in children with autism. Behavior Modification, 41, 382–404. Click to access the document
  • Rapp, J. T., Cook, J. L., McHugh, M., & Mann, K. (2017). Decreasing stereotypy using NCR and DRO with functionally matched stimulation: Effects on targeted and nontargeted stereotypy. Behavior Modification, 41, 45–83. Click to access the document

 

Submitted, Prepared, or Unpublished Manuscripts

  • Cook, J. L. & Rapp, J. T. (submitted, 2018). To what extent should practitioners treat stereotypy during academic tasks?
  • Cook, J. L., Lanovaz, M. J., McHugh, C., & Novotny, M. (submitted, 2018). Using interactive web training to teach caregivers to reduce stereotypy.

 

Book Chapters

  • Celiberti, D. & Lindblad, T. L. (in press). Incidental teaching. In J. Gerenser & M. Koenig (Eds.), An introduction to ABA for SLPs: Steps toward Interprofessional Education for autism Support Teams [provisional title]. Brookes Publishing.

 

Speaking Events

  • Dower, N. & Lindblad, T. L. (2018, August). Implementation of speech generating devices (SGDs) using a behavior analytic framework. Invited seminar presentation conducted at the National Autism Conference, State College, PA.
  • Lindblad, T. L. (2018, June). Core competencies for effective Interprofessional Practice: Implementation utilizing an organizational behavioural systems approach. Invited speaker presentation conducted at the Interprofessional Autism Conference, Seton Hall University, NJ.
  • Cook, J. L. (2018, May). A further evaluation of a practitioner model for increasing eye contact in children with autism. Paper presentation conducted at the annual conference for the Association for Behavior Analysis international, San Diego, CA.
  • Cook, J. L. (2018, October). A simple intervention for stereotypical engagement with an augmentative alternative communicative device. Paper presentation conducted at the annual conference for the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Lindblad, T. L. (2017, June) Arranging environmental contingencies that address motivation & preference assessments: To promote effective teamwork and lead to better outcomes in learners with autism. Invited speaker presentation conducted at the Interprofessional Autism Conference, Kean University, NJ.
  • Lindblad, T. L. (2017, February) Tips for writing a conference abstract submission to increase your chance of acceptance. Invited webinar presentation conducted for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Canada (SAC) Webinar Series.

 

Poster Presentations (Research or Clinical Case Studies)

  • Haesen, J. M., & Scherbak, B. E. (2017, May). Case Study: The Gradual Reduction of Problem Behaviour of an Adult in a Residential Setting. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts International, Denver, CO.
  • Cook, J. L., Rapp, J. T., Burji, C., McHugh, C., & Nuta, R. (2017, May). A simple intervention for stereotypical engagement with a communicative device. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts International, Denver, CO. Also presented November 2016 at the annual conference for the Ontario Association of Behavior Analysis, Toronto, ON.

 

Newsletter Articles

  • Taylor, M. & Lindblad, T.L. (August 2016). ASAT Responds to The Atlantic’s, “The battle over a controversial method for autism communication”, Media Watch article, ASAT website, www.asatonline.org.

For a complete list of research done by and affiliated with Monarch House please click here

Resources & Downloads

 

A Handbook for Parents and Guardians

Monarch House Oakville - Program Guide

The handbook outlines the steps you can take in identifying developmental concerns and provides guidelines for next steps.

 

The program guide outlines programs and activities that will be occuring at our Oakville location throughout 2018.

A Handbook for Parents and Guardians Monarch House Oakville - Program Guide 2018
   

Minimum Qualifications of an ABA Provider/Company

Funding Services Available in Ontario

Compare and contrast the services available at Monarch House in Oakville with other competitors.

There are several organizations and charities that provide funding to families of children with special needs.

 

Funding Services Available in Ontario

 

 

The Autism Parent Resource Kit - Government of Ontario

Aphasia: Symptoms and When to seek Help

The Autism Parent Resource Kit is an online resource to help parents, caregivers, and families better understand autism and the range of services and support available in Ontario.

The pamphlet provides information about Aphasia, its symptoms and when you should seek out professional help.

The Autism Parent Resource Kit - Government of Ontario

Symptoms and When to seek Help

 

External Resources

"ABA in Educational Settings - Home to School and School to Home" an educational video by Autism Ontario: https://vimeo.com/134349790

Access a developmental milestones checklist and print a free customized report for your child here: https://autism-u.com/milestoneassesment.do

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Events

 

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Monthly Developmental Screening Clinic
Children ages birth to 6 years old

This monthly clinic is a free of charge, drop-in service for parents to address questions and/or concerns regarding their child's development. The clinic is run by a qualified team of professionals, including behaviour analysts, speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists who will be available to provide brief consultation in the areas of behaviour, speech, language, pre-literacy skills, and motor development.

The results of screening will be discussed with parents and are meant to indicate which areas are following typical development and others which should be monitored more closely.

For more information or to register, contact us at 905.849.7993 or oakville@monarchhouse.ca

 

 

October 31st, 2018

9:00am - 11:00am

November 28th, 2018

9:00am - 11:00am


 

 

Aphasia Information & Training Session

Join us for a free half day of learning about aphasia and how to have better conversations with someone who “knows more than they can say.” These sessions will be held at the Mississauga Halton Regional Learning Centre, 2030 Bristol Circle, Oakville ON, Room 205.

 

Space is limited so please RSVP with Vanessa Rotundo at vrotundo@monarchouse.ca or call us at 905.875.8474

 

 

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

9:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday, November 24h, 2018

9:00am - 1:00pm

 

Project Impact

Parents and children with ASD between the ages of 1 and 6.

Regular attendance is imperative. Parent participation is required at for all 12 weeks of this workshop. Weekly meetings alternate between parent-only sessions and parent-and-child sessions.

FEES

Fees for this 12 week program are $100.00 per child. Monarch House will conduct the pre-screening for children that register for this program to ensure suitability. They will collect the $100 program fees from families who successfully meet the eligibility requirements.

Contact us at 905.849.7993 for more information or click here to register

 

 

Starting September 18th running until December 11th from 9:30am to 11:30am

 

PEERS®

PEERS® is a manualized social skills training program for youth with social challenges.

For more information or to register, contact us at 905.849.7993 or oakville@monarchhouse.ca

 

 

Starting September 10th running until December 10th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm