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We Use A Play-Based Approach

Research shows that children learn best when they are engaged and are enjoying what they are doing. The more families play with their children, the more the children learn and interact with others. Although it may look like "just playing" the time spent during play is opening a world of experiences that in turn, develop long lasting skills for both family and child. And it's fun! "Everything your child needs to learn - social skills, vocabulary, language skills and even how to solve problems - can be learned through play." (Sussman & Weitzman, 2014). This is why Ability4Good uses a play-based approach.

To learn more about why play-based approaches are so impactful for children. See the video by Dr. Peter Gray.

How we do guided-play is informed by the principles of the following models.


The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a comprehensive behavioral early intervention approach for children with autism, ages 12 to 48 months. Read more


The SCERTS® Model is a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children and persons with ASD and related disabilities, and their families. SCERTS® focuses on building competence in Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support as the highest priorities that must be addressed in any program, and is applicable for individuals with a wide range of abilities and ages across home, school and community settings. Read more


Hanen is a evidence-based program for groups of parents of children with expressive and receptive language delays. Read more


Floortime meets children where they are and builds upon their strengths and abilities through creating a warm relationship and interacting. It challenges them to go further and to develop who they are rather than what their diagnosis says. Read more


PEERS® is a manualized, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges Read more


Applied behaviour analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behaviour is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behaviour analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. Read more