Above and Beyond Autism Consulting Services (ABACS) is a Regina-based company dedicated to providing services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families throughout Saskatchewan.
It is the ABACS mission is to maximize the potential of each learner with autism by providing an intensive, comprehensive, individualized program based on the scientific principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.
**A diagnosis of ASD is NOT required to register for Intensive Behavioural INtervention (IBI Program). If your child has been screened for ASD and is awaiting a diagnosis, they are still eligilble to attend our program, as we believe it is crucial to start intervention as early as possible.
We understand that each family has a different schedule, which is why we try our very best to be flexible and work around your and your child's daily activities. IBI programming runs between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Please keep in mind that research shows that the more intensive the programming (15+ hours/week), the quicker the progress.
Using the Verbal Behaviour Approach to emphasize language and learning skills, our centre-based program is individualized for each child. Children can learn and foster new skills in a nurturing and positive environment.
Our Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Program is one of a kind in Regina. Currently, we are the only company to offer the Verbal Behaviour (VB) approach to teach language and learning skills to children with ASD.
Upon registering in our IBI program, the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R) is conducted with the child. This assessment tool provides the child's strengths and areas of need across 25 skill domains (understanding and expression of language, self-help skills, play skills, etc.), which allows us to create an individualized service plan specific to the child. This assessment is then conducted at the time of registration, again after six months and from there, every following year the child attends the centre to review progress and determine any changes to the individualized program. In addition, it is then an option for the parents to meet with the ABACS team as often as every 6 months to review the child's service plan. At this time, we also may provide video footage of the child's sessions.
TRAINING AND CONSULTATION
ABACS offers Workshops, on-site training, and consultative services to parents, educators, childcare staff, and other professionals wanting guidance related to managing problematic behaviour, encouraging communication, and teaching skills for independence.
Did you know... our services at ABACS are considered an eligible expense under the provincial government’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding program? Find us under the "Behaviour Consultants" tab!
From families that commute 2+ hours each direction to those in the City of Regina, there is no better reward than when a learner is excited to come to the centre, and this is the goal with every child that steps through the door. ABACS is committed to the use of evidence-based interventions and teaching methods to build, maintain, and generalize skills in all areas of development. The principles and techniques of ABA are incorporated in all service delivery utilizing a variety of behavioural approaches such as verbal behaviour, discrete trial, and incidental teaching, where learners will continue to learn skills necessary to meet their full potential.
Want to learn more? Visit the Above and Beyond Autism Consulting Services website.