Autism Learning Centre Services
Autism Learning Centre offers a wide range of 1:1 and group services for families. With such a wide selection of services we know there is a program that will best fit your child's needs.
Families interested in registering their child in one of our programs are welcome to contact Co-Founder Demetra Hajidiacos M.Ed. at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation, intake meeting and initial assessment.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Skill Development Program
Autism Learning Centre offers a wide selection of group classes for children of all ages. For more information on our group classes please click here.
Academic Tutoring is a 1:1 service that takes place at the centre. A wide range of skills are taught including printing, reading comprehension, writing and math. The amount of sessions per week, as well as specific areas of concentration, will be determined by the family and teacher. Tutoring Programs are designed and overseen by Demetra Hajidiacos M.Ed. (Masters in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning).
Academic Tutoring packages are priced at $340.00 per month and include Educational Consulting. School Visits are at an additional cost.
Experienced classroom teacher, Demetra Hajidiacos (M.Ed. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning), will help you navigate your child's school by reviewing and making suggestions to improve your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) and funding applications, speaking to classroom teachers and support staff, observing your child in the classroom and advising on strategies that would lead to greater success at school.
Education Consulting is priced at $100.00 per hour. Education Consulting is included in tutoring packages at no additional charge.
Immigration Letters (Government of Canada)
Co-Founder Demetra Hajidiacos has helped many families looking to immigrate to Canada who require private individualized care plans laid out by The Government of Canada's Immigration Process.
For more information or to book an initial consultation (phone, email or in-person) please contact Demetra at email@example.com.
Career Coaching New!
Career Coaching is a new service offered at Autism Learning Centre to meet the growing requests we have been receiving to assist high school graduates with high-functioning autism (who do not qualify for public adult special needs services) reach their fullest potential in a post-secondary setting, post-graduate setting, or vocational field.
Interviewing, resume writing, and relationships with classmates/co-workers will all be addressed in either a 1:1 or small group setting. Times and rates are TBA depending on feedback from families.
Summer Learning Camp
Our Summer Learning Camps run Monday - Friday in July & August. Full-day camps are priced at $300.00 a week and half-day camps are $150.00 a week. See our camp page for more information.
Experienced DIRFloortime Practitioner, Leanne Howlett, will work one-on-one with your family and your child to shape a program that is right for you. The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) Model is a framework emphasizing the critical role of parents and other family members because of the importance of their emotional relationships with the child. DIR stresses the importance of following your child's lead and yet challenging your child at the same time.
The DIRFloortime model is based on the idea that emotion is critical to the growth of the mind. Following your child's lead by understanding his interests tells you the best way to challenge him/her to move up the developmental ladder. The objectives of the DIR Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional and intellectual capacities. DIRFloortime is a specific technique that follows your child's natural emotional interests (lead) and at the same time challenges your child towards greater and greater mastery of social, emotional and intellectual capacities.
DIRFloortime Therapy is priced at $100.00 per hour.
ABA is a scientifically validated approach to teaching that uses a system of rewards and consequences to teach new skills and replace undesirable behaviours with desirable behaviours. ABA is a therapy that can be applied to individuals with autism spectrum disorders as well as to individuals with other behavioural and learning issues.
Behavioural Consultant, Marcie Smeltz, will work with your family to ensure treatment is individualized, with a focus on fostering functional and socially significant behaviours. Intervention plans will be designed to address development in the areas of social/emotional, communication, self-help/domestic skills, academic, gross motor and fine motor skills. Marcie is also able to provide support from challenging behaviours, toilet training, haircuts, trips to the dentist, and other areas or events that prove difficult or upsetting for your child. The goal of treatment is to ensure that skills transfer into everyday life - your home, school and community.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapy is priced at $100.00 per hour. Travel fees apply to off-site appointments.
Speech-Language Therapist Naomi Goerz has a particular interest in treating paediatric speech and language disorders, helping to address the communication challenges facing children with developmental delays. This includes supporting articulation skills, language development, and social communication. Naomi's professional philosophy is to provide services through family-cantered practice. She believes in the importance of building strong client-focused relationships, and collaborating with families to determine the best intervention goals and treatment frameworks.
Private Speech & Language Therapy is priced at $125.00 per hour. For group Speech & Language Therapy services please click here.
Mix & Match Therapy Programs New!
We visit schools and agencies across Manitoba and conduct hands-on workshops to daycares, schools, universities and a wide range of organizations interested in learning more about autism. Certificates are provided to staff attending training for professional development hours. Prices vary depending on length of training session and whether travel is involved.
For more information on training workshops, please contact Demetra Hajidiacos (M.Ed.) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Can Pretend! Drama Program
First piloted at Manitoba Theatre for Young People nearly a decade ago, I Can Pretend! teaches children with autism how to play with peers and form relationships, something that children with autism spectrum disorder typically struggle with. Created by a seasoned drama educator and parent of a child with autism, this research-based program uses best practice teaching for children with autism including picture schedules, familiar routines, repetition and reward. Through drama, younger children learn imaginative play skills and how to work in a group while older children hone social skills and performance skills. It is a program based on research supporting how children with autism learn. Children currently enrolled in an intensive intervention program such as ABA, RDI or DIRFloortime will benefit most from this program.
I Can Pretend! classes take place at the centre on Sunday afternoon and are priced at $60 a month. Space is limited and your child's class time is based on age and skill level. School packages are also available on request.
For more information on I Can Pretend! please go to: www.icanpretend.ca.