Programs

Getting Started

Not sure where to start? Not sure what program is right for you or your child? Not sure if you are eligible for funding? We’d love to help, please contact us. You can reach us by phone, e-mail or fill in the Contact Us information below. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have. We aim to respond within two working days.

E-mail: info@ability4good.com

Calgary Office:

#302, 327 – 41 Avenue NE
Calgary, AB, T2E 2N4
Phone: (403) 262-9445 ext 118
Fax: (403) 262-4539

Edmonton Office:

#104, 17707 – 105 Avenue
Edmonton, AB, T5S 1T1
Phone: (780) 442-2740
Fax: (780) 453-7006

Respite Services

STRIVE Program

March 15, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, STRIVE programs are cancelled indefinitely. Click here to read our official notice. For more resources please view our COVID-19 Support page.

A center-based respite aide program, which aims to build friendships with peers through play and social activities while providing respite for families. The STRIVE program is for all children ages 3 to 17 years old.

Children will have access to activities, such as games, arts and crafts, sensory play, meditation, and much more.

Participants are placed in their age appropriate groups.

STRIVE Respite Aide & Cost Information

STRIVE programs use respite aide hours issued by the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program. Caregivers must confirm with their FSCD agreement and/or caseworker that they have the required respite aide hours at the $18.18 group rate. The activity cost is the responsibility of the primary caregiver to pay full prior to the start of the program.

Want to enroll? Have any questions?

Please contact John Marquina, Group Coordinator

Email: john@ability4good.com

Phone: (403) 262-9445 ext. 106

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Group Recreation

THRIVE Program

March 15, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, THRIVE programs are cancelled indefinitely. Click here to read our official noticeFor more resources please view our COVID-19 Support page.

THRIVE is a community aide program, which aims to provide support and enable children with a range of disabilities to participate in recreational, social, and community activities with other children.

THRIVE programs are for all children from ages 3 to 17 years old.

THRIVE Community Aide & Cost Information

THRIVE programs use community aide hours issued by the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program. Caregivers must confirm with their FSCD agreement and/or caseworker that they have the required community aide hours at the $20.44 group rate. The activity cost is the responsibility of the primary caregiver to pay full prior to the start of the program.

Want to enroll? Have any questions?

Please contact John Marquina, Group Coordinator

Email: john@ability4good.com

Phone: (403) 262-9445 ext. 106

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

March 15, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Triple P services in Calgary are offering supports to families over the phone and on-line. Please contact the Triple P Coordinator for more information. Click here to read our official notice. For more resources please view our COVID-19 Support page.

What is Triple P?

Triple P is a world-acclaimed parenting program. We can help you develop effective management strategies for dealing with your child's behaviour, enrich family relationships, and support developmental issues your child may be experiencing. You can set your own goals and practice strategies with the support of the practitioner. Typically, the program length consists of 10 sessions. 

Triple P Services You Can Request

Standard Stepping Stones

A comprehensive, in-home, one-on-one program for parents of children with disabilities, age 2-12.

Learn strategies:

  • - Developing good relationships
  • - Teaching your child new skills
  • - Encouraging good behaviour
  • - Managing misbehaviour
  • - Planning ahead for stressful situations
Primary Care Stepping Stones

A brief one-on-one program for parents of children with disabilities, age 2-12 with one or two specific concerns that they wish to address. Parents meet with a practitioner and will be guided through some of the common concerns that parents will face.

Primary Care Teen

A brief one-on-one program for parents of teens with one or two specific concerns that they wish to address. Parents meet with a practitioner and will be guided through some of the common concerns that parents of teens will face.

Enhanced Triple P

For parents who have already completed Standard Stepping Stones.

You can access modules as needed:

  1. Coping Skills module - for parents who have anxiety, stress or depression
  2. Partner Support module - for couples with conflict around parenting.

You can access Triple P Services privately or through Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD). 

Want more information?

Email the Triple P Coordinator, Dale Eliece Mercerdale@ability4good.com

Intervention Services

March 15, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, SS and BDS services both in Calgary and Edmonton are offering supports to families over the phone and on-line. Please contact the corresponding Cinical Coordinator or BDS CoordinatorClick here to read our official notice. For more resources please view our COVID-19 Support page.

Our intervention services works with families to ensure all members can function in a way that encourages growth and enjoyment in all aspects of family life. We work with the child and their families in their homes and communities, to ensure consistency of skill development and generalization of skills for all family members. Recognizing that all families are different and require individualized support, one of our program's main goals is to give all family members the tools and knowledge to build their confidence in addressing the needs of the child with special needs, as well as the family as a whole.

The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for individually tailored learning experiences early in a child’s development, as young children’s brains are known to be highly open to change and development during this period. Research indicates that intensive intervention may reduce the severity of autism symptoms, accelerate developmental rates across domains (e.g., cognitive, social-emotional, language, motor, daily living), and in some cases, can reverse the expression of the disorder. Caregiver involvement is a crucial part of this program, as parents are supported to learn the skills necessary to support their child’s development within a variety of natural learning opportunities that occur during family life. Our program focuses strongly on developing:

  • § In the early years, children’s skills within the context of strong relationships and social connections with their caregivers. 
  • § In the early school years, children's intensive practice in developing skills in the following areas: language and communication, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory regulation, behaviour management, play and cognitive skills, and daily living skills.
  • § For youth, to have them apply the skills that they have learned in meaningful interactions and friendships with their peers and in-home.

Ability4Good works to provide two different types of intervention programs for children with special needs and their families. Services can be categorized under Specialized Services or Behavioural Developmental Services. Both services are funded through Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) or parents can access them privately.

For more information on how we deliver our intervention services click here.

Specialized Services

This service is intended for families whose child has a severe disability resulting in critical service needs that cannot be fully met by other programs and services or other less intrusive FSCD support. The services are intended to support the child in acquiring specific skills and strategies to promote their participation in daily living. We recognize the family as a primary source of care and support for a child and respects/values a families ability to care for and promote their child's development. As such, guardians are involved in developing and implementing the individualized service plan for their child. 

The clinical team works collaboratively with your family to set goals. Clinicians who may be on the team include: Clinical Coordinator, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Behaviour Consultant/Psychologist, and Physical Therapist. Families may also receive an "aide" also known as Child Development Facilitators. 

For more complete description of our service:

Click here (or right-click, "Save Link/Target as.." ) to download our Specialized Services info sheet (PDF). 

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Calgary

Please contact, Clinical Coordinator, Jade Powers

Email: jade@ability4good.com

Edmonton 

Please contact, Clinical Coordinator, Allison Correia

Email: allison@ability4good.com

 

Behavioural Developmental Services

This service is intended to support families to address specific behaviours exhibited by the child and to increase or reinforce parental skills and strategies. The level and intensity of service will be based on the child's individual needs over a 6-month period of time. The service options may include:

  • § Child Development Facilitator (Aide) only support.
  • § Child Development Facilitator (Aide) combined with a clinician
  • § Clinician only

For more complete description of our services:

Click here (or right-click, "Save Link/Target as.." ) to download our Behavioural Developmental Aide info sheet (PDF). 

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Calgary

Please contact, BDA Coordinator, Nicole Morin

Email: nicolem@ability4good.com

Edmonton 

Please contact, Clinical Coordinator, Allison Correia

Email: allison@ability4good.com

 

 

ComputAbility - Calgary

ComputAbility is a volunteer tutor-run assisted learning program offered to help seniors gain basic computer and technology skills at a pace tailored towards the individual. Our volunteer tutors work are available for a minimum of one hour per week. Please inquire for availability.