Le Parapluie Bleu is a multidisciplinary, bilingual center that offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Occupational Therapy (OT) and tutoring services to children aged from 2-17 years old. Services are provided at the center, as well as in daycares and schools.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the scientific study of behavior. It is a discipline concerned with analyzing principles of learning theory, the principles of reinforcement and the principles of punishment. Research has shown ABA as a method that leads to improvements in cognitive performance, language skills, adaptive behavior, and educational functioning, thus promoting meaningful improvements in quality of life for children with Autism and developmental delays. Research-based techniques are used to collect data and make program recommendations and changes. Reinforcement refers to something that follows a behavior that increases the likelihood that the behavior will happen again. On the other hand, punishment refers to something that follows a behavior that makes it less likely that the behavior will occur again. When using learning principles for teaching adaptive behaviors and changing interfering behaviors, positive reinforcement strategies are always implemented over punishment.
Speech Language Pathologists screen, assess, identify and treat speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), swallowing and feeding problems for all age groups (SAC, 2016). Our therapists work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, phonological disorders, language impairments, language-based literacy disorders, among others. Evidence-based interventions are used to generate functional goals to improve our children's quality if life.
Occupational Therapy is the art and science of enabling engagement in everyday living, through occupation; of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well‐being; and of enabling a just and inclusive society so that all people may participate to their potential in the daily occupations of life (Townsend & Polatajko, 2007, p. 372). Our therapists assess our children's functional daily living skills and creates intervention plans that promote these skills. OTs focus on gross and fine motor skills, academics (writing, coloring, tracing), sensory processing, posture, balance, and play, among others. Developmentally age-appropriate tasks are focused on, while preventative interventions are further addressed.