Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How often should your child attend ABACS?
A: We ask families to book a minimum of two (2), 3-hour length sessions per week. With our programming, the more hours, the better progress your child will make as research shows that children who receive between 15-30 hours of IBI/week make the most sustained progress. We do recognize that a high amount of programming hours may not be an affordable option for all families and may not work for every learner.
Q: What are the hours of operation at ABACS?
A: ABACS is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 5:00pm and Fridays 9:00am - 4:00pm. We close all regular Canadian statutory holidays and weekends but remain open year round (no summer/holiday closures, etc.).
Q: If I am on the waiting list, what is the estimated wait time?
A: We do not have an estimated wait time for a spot to open up as spaces at our centre become available on an individual basis when current families move on from our services.
Q: What are my first steps in beginning with ABACS?
A: The assessment is a required first step in setting-up your child's individual program. It is completed at program start-up, after 6 months of services and then yearly while your child attends the centre all for the initial one-time fee. Based on the results of the assessment, we develop an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) for your child that we implement throughout their sessions. The service plan is constantly updated as your child progresses.
Q: Does ABACS diagnose autism?
A: Currently, ABACS does not provide services diagnosing autism. We are actively working to make this possible in the near future.