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ByLeigh Giles

New Feature: Ask a BCBA

Have a Question for a BCBA? Submit it here!

  ABA Connections encourages parents, teachers, professionals, students and individuals to submit any inquiries about the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis! Select questions (and answers) will be featured on our blog! To submit a question fill out the form below!

                                                                                                                   Notice                                                                                                                       All responses to questions asked are the work of the author and are not intended to represent the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB ®). Responses should not be taken as specific legal or professional advice as it is not possible to have or provide enough information in a column of this nature. Not all questions received will be answered. Personal or confidential information should not be disclosed. Non-essential or personal information provided will be changed to protect and maintain confidentiality.

ByLeigh Giles

Autism Awareness Day at ABA Connections

ABA Connections was proud to wear blue today to celebrate autism awareness day! 

ByLeigh Giles

10 Ways We’re Encouraging Gross Motor Activities

It’s time to get moving! 

With our gross motor room updated to include some new visuals – here are 10 ways we are encouraging gross motor activity throughout our sessions.

1. Walk the line – Choose a line and have your client practice hoping, jumping, walking, shuffling etc. to the other side

2. Floor is Lava – Place paper/pillows/mats/lines on the floor and have your client jump from item to item without falling in

 3. Obstacle Course – Bring out the tunnel, hula hoops, skipping ropes, cones, trampoline, balls etc. and set up a course that has your client crawling, jumping, climbing, squatting and more

 4. Jump and Grab – Tape items or pictures (or sight words!) on the wall and have your client jump to grab or touch  them as you call out the target

5. Freeze Dance – put on some music and have your client dance till the music stops – add scarves, bubbles, or lights!

 6. Snake Rope – wiggle a skipping rope with a partner and have clients jump over

 7. Target Practice – setup targets at various heights and have your client practice throwing/kicking a ball/bean bag

8. Ribbon Waving – Practice rotating arms and wrists or extending their arm with the ribbon wands

 9. Trail Hop – lay out circle mats/hula hoops and have your client jump from circle to circle – change it up and use cut out feet, letters, shapes, numbers etc.

10. Relay Race – place an empty bin on one side and various items on the other then have your client run to the other     side, grab an item and place it in the bin – call out the item to make it more challenging!

Have any other ideas? Let us know!



ByLeigh Giles

Ottawa Parent and Child Expo

   We are pleased to announce that ABA Connections will be a sponsor of the 2019 Ottawa Parent and Child Expo presented by Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine and happening on April 13th and 14th, 2019 at the Nepean Sportsplex! 

  The Ottawa Parent and Child Expo is a great opportunity for parents to learn about local vendors, meet professionals in the field, and enjoy exciting entertainment! Some of the great participants this year include local school boards, private schools, toy vendors, summer camps and local boutiques! There will also be amazing live entertainment by Little Ray’s Reptiles, The Keepers Animal Rescue, and the Ultimutts and opportunities to meet Dorothy and Wags from the Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine!

  Would you like to attend the event? ABA Connections will be giving away 3 family passes for Sunday afternoon!

To enter visit our Facebook Page and follow these steps:

1 – Like our ABA Connections Page

2 – Like our Pinned Post about the Parent and Child Expo

3 – Comment on the Pinned Post when Done

Three lucky families will be randomly selected on April 5th, 2019! 

Rules and Regulations
The Ottawa Parent and Child Expo Giveaway contest is provided by ABA Connections. All questions regarding the contest rules should be directed to Anna Sadler at 190-15 Colonnade Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 7J5 613-224-8476
  1. Only one entry per household. No purchase necessary. This giveaway will live on ABA Connections’ Facebook Page and all entries must be received via Facebook in the form of a Page Like, a Post Like and a Comment.
  2. This giveaway starts on March 20th, 2019. Three winners will be drawn on April 5th, 2019 and will be contacted by Facebook Messenger. In addition, the winner may be announced on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  3. To be eligible for the Giveaway, entries must be received on or before April 5th, 2019 11:59am (EST). ABA Connections is not responsible for any entries which are incomplete, lost, destroyed, delayed, or not transmitted due to technical failure, however caused.
  4. Prize value is approximately $35 CAD. Due to the nature of the prize, winners may be required to pick up their tickets from ABA Connections located at 190-15 Colonnade Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7J5. ABA Connections assumes no responsibility for any costs winners incur from picking up items.
  5. Three winners will be selected. The selected entrant will be notified by Facebook messenger within 24 hours of the contest closing. In the event that a selected entrant does not comply with these Contest Rules and Regulations, or cannot be contacted by 5pm (EST) the April 8th, 2019, an alternate entrant will be selected from the remaining entries. The chances of winning are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received. Prizes must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. ABA Connections reserves the right to substitute any portion of the prize with a prize of equal value whatsoever.
  6. This Contest is open to residents of Canada (18 years of age or older), excluding Quebec.
  7. By accepting the prize, prize winners agrees that ABA Connections will not be liable for the use or misuse of the Prize. ABA Connections and all sponsors assume no responsibility for the participation in the contest, or any liability, claims, demands, actions, loss, damage or personal injury that may be sustained by either the winner of the Prize or his/her guests.
  8. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Ottawa Parent Magazine, Ottawa Parent and Child Expo, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  9. By participating in this contest, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations. ABA Connections is not responsible for any typographical error in the printing, the offering or the administration of the contest. ABA Connections  reserves the right to withdraw or terminate the contest at any time without prior notice or to change the Rules and Regulations. Contact or correspondence will occur only with selected entrants. This contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal Laws and regulations.