The Joy of Learning Center Inc.

Each program at the Joy of Learning Centre is delivered in a fun and motivating way.
We provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy with a focus on Verbal Behaviour. ABA is a field within psychology that has been researched as a scientific approach to effecting positive behaviour change with many applications in human resources, business, sports performance, as well as in special education. Dr. Ivar Lovaas first used ABA to develop intensive therapy for children diagnosed with autism over 40 years ago, and the research outcomes showed that significant improvement could be made across behavioural, academic, social and life skill domains. Combined with a model of Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) these principles have since been used worldwide to ensure proven success in individuals across the Autism Spectrum.

1-to-1 Program

Students participating in this Ministry approved program will benefit from an intensive therapy delivered by a skilled instructional therapist. Each individual program plan will be developed by an experienced senior therapist to obtain the utmost success. The clinical psychologist will oversee the programs to ensure developmental milestones are being reached and maintained.

1-to-4 Program

Students participating in this program will follow a modified Ontario curriculum, with more emphasis on social skills and academic subjects. Direct Instruction techniques are also implemented to aid in the overall program success.

Music Program

Directed by music teacher Jane Dyer, children learn to play the piano and other instruments, sing songs, and dance. The music program aims to enhance neuromotor coordination, provide an alternative communicative outlet and unleash some amazing talents. Ms. Jane also offers individualized piano lessons.

Art Program

The students work on a variety of fun and creative sensory projects and fine motor art skills under the direction of Ms. Suzanne.

Summer Camp Program

The Joy of Learning offers 2 weeks of day camp. Activities include swimming, arts & crafts, games, drama, singing, scavenger hunts, sports and more.

Social Skills Program

Early Learner Social Groups

“Circle Time” for early learners

Young students will learn the fundamentals of date, weather, letters and numbers followed by singing songs and accompanying actions

Social Interaction

Social group for students (3-5 years) to help develop social interactive skills that will facilitate inclusion in the natural environment. Children learn fundamental skills of greeting each other, attending to teacher, transitioning to next activities of cause and effect toys, sensory play, songs and story time.

This group targets:
  • Language and communication
  • Being part of a group
  • Following group instructions
  • Observational learning (imitation of teacher and peers)
  • Joint attention
  • Transitioning from one activity to the next
  • Play skills (this includes exploratory, manipulative and sensory play)

Advanced Learner Social Groups

Interactive Group Work

Students will participate in interactive games, help plan upcoming group projects and events, plan parties and put on plays.

This group targets:
  • Language and communication skills
  • Develop pragmatic language (social use of language)
  • Engaging with peers to plan for projects
  • Taking others perspective
  • Problem solving skills
  • Negotiations
Group Reading

Students will take turns reading books at their reading level.

This group targets:
  • Reading comprehension
  • Attending to peers in a group
  • Answering questions
  • Commenting on the story
  • Making inferences
Social Interactive Skills Group combined early and advanced learners

Students will learn the following through games, role play and storytelling to include:

  • Rules are not absolute
  • Not everything is equally important in the grand scheme of things
  • Everyone makes mistakes, it does not have to ruin your day
  • Honesty is different from diplomacy
  • Being polite is appropriate in all situations
  • Not everyone who is nice to me is my friend
  • People act differently in public than in private
  • We are responsible for our own behaviours (to every behaviour there is a consequence