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Overview

Starting an ABA agency is a series of workshops designed to provide the student with the knowledge and practical application of starting up an ABA agency in Ontario. Emphasis will be placed on the requirements of putting together a business plan based on the needs of the agency including human resources, ethics and professionalism and working with an interdisciplinary team.

Students who complete this ROA will have the necessary skills to start their own ABA agency or private practice.

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Consideration is also given to mature persons over the age of 19, who do not possess a high school diploma. Mature students may be advised to take college preparatory English.
  • It is preferable but not mandatory that students have prior knowledge of ABA and autism.

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Curriculum

ABA090
An Overview to Starting an ABA Agency
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This workshop is designed to provide the student with an overview of starting an ABA agency in Ontario. Topics include: setting realistic goals, developing guidelines and a mission statement, deciding on the type of agency, location, size, and identifying resources.




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ABA091
ABA - Marketing Strategies & Location
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This workshop explores the specific marketing strategies using multi-media techniques. Students learn how to conduct a needs assessment of a chosen area, determine location suitability and zoning by-laws. Topics include: types of creative marketing,networking with professionals in the field, recognizing location sites which match the needs of the agency.




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ABA092
ABA - Working with Families and Professionals
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This workshop identifies the importance of building positive relationships with families and promoting advocacy for families. Collaboration with other professionals in the autism field is addressed. Students learn and practice team building skills and conflict resolution.




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ABA093
ABA - Human Resources
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This workshop explains guidelines for hiring practices including hiring procedures, staff requirements according to the service provided and writing contracts for staff. Initial and on-going staff training sessions are discussed along with team building exercises and creating meaningful staff evaluations.




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ABA094
ABA - Ethics and Professionalism
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This workshop provides the student with ethical considerations in relation to best practice in working with clients, families and other professionals in the field when starting an ABA agency. Discussions include honesty, integrity, ethical responsibility and managing growth while maintaining quality. Students problem solve ethical issues and concerns through the use of vignettes.




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ABA095
ABA - Writing a Business Plan
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This workshop provides students with the necessary skills to design a business plan for starting an ABA agency in Ontario. Students learn how to create a business plan template, discuss start-up costs, short and long term goals, location costs, hours of operation, number of employees, projected client enrollment and liability insurance.




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ABA096
ABA - Finalizing Proposals
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This workshop is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to finalize a business proposal for starting an ABA agency. Based on the knowledge gained in the previous workshops, the student writes, discusses and presents the final proposal in class. Managing finances and financial options are presented.




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Program Outcomes

  1. Describe key elements of starting up an ABA agency with specific attention to developing guidelines and goals.
  2. Describe ethical considerations that need to be address in developing an ABA agency
  3. Demonstrate conflict resolution skills.
  4. Prepare a business plan.
  5. Apply marketing strategies by using multi-media techniques to promote an ABA agency
  6. Develop a needs assessment evaluation regarding the ideal location of an agency.
  7. Assess the importance of collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, and families.

Program Contacts

Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant
Maria.Graziosi@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22512


Belinda Becker
Part-time Program Coordinator
belinda.becker@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22847


Lisa Harfield
Academic Program Manager
Lisa.Harfield@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22526