​​​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 demetra@autismlearningcentre.ca 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


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. 


Education Consulting  


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 demetra@autismlearningcentre.ca.  


Bursary Program


We offer a limited amount of student bursaries per year.  Depending on household income, and other criteria, our program covers up to 50% of select group program fees.  Please note that we do not offer financial assistance for any of our one-on-one therapy programs. 


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.

 

DIRFloortime Therapy


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.  


Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapy 

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 Therapy


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.  


Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapist Nicola Schaan designs therapy sessions that are unique and engaging and cater to every child's specific needs. Our paediatric services with families and children focus on supportive development by improving gross and fine motor skills, developing self-regulation skills, and engaging in experiential sensory learning. ​

Occupational Therapy is priced at $125.00 per hour.  Travel fees apply to off-site appointments. 

Mix & Match Therapy Programs  New!


For families who like to plan in advance and save we offer 2 hour a month and 4 hour a month Therapy Programs that include: Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, ABA Therapy, DIRFloortime Therapy and Educational Consulting.  

Families can rotate through therapies that they feel would be beneficial for their child or use the discount to book one therapy in advance (example 2 Occupational Therapy Sessions a month which are regularly priced at $125.00 an hour).  

2 hour a month packages are priced at $200.00 a month and 4 hour a month packages are priced at $400.00 a month.  

The office will coordinate times and days based on the family's schedule and the therapists' schedules.  Please note Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy booked outside of this package are priced at $125.00 an hour.  

Music Therapy

We are thrilled to partner with Prelude Music to offer exceptional music therapy programs to our clients.  Please visit Prelude Music Therapy Winnipeg for information on Music Therapy programs and prices or contact owner Michelle Lawrence directly at michelle@preludemusic.ca.

School & Agency Training 


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 demetra@autismlearningcentre.ca.   


​​​​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.