ABA Buddy Club

The ABA Buddy Club uses a Multi-Modal teaching approach, incorporating structured play opportunities across many sensory forms so that they can be more effective learners in their natural environment placements.

Children will learn to participate in and enjoy:

  • Songs and Music
  • Dance
  • Movement
  • Dramatic play
  • Construction play
  • Thinking games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Messy play

Incorporating a range of goals from across a child’s development, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) follows a structured plan to ensure children are building skills across a variety of areas. The ABA Buddy Club is based on 2 internationally recognised approaches: Dr Tony Attwood’s Stress and Anger Management Program (STAMP), and Super Skills by the Autism Aspergers Publishing Company. ABA also provides clear instructions so children that undertand the expectations of a situation, prompts to help the children achieve the target behaviour quickly and accurately, and an emphasis on positive reinforcement to ensure children will continue to participate in these targets in their future.

The group follows a schedule typical for many mainstream settings; children will learn to participate during


  • Entry Routine
  • Group Play
  • Circle Time
  • A Themed, Multi-Modal Activity
  • Classroom Clean-up
  • Closing Circle Time, including a review of the day’s activity

Social Skills Group

A Social Skills Group is led by a Speech and Language Pathologist and fosters self-awareness and self esteem while participants learn how to make friends, fit into a group, take part in conversations, ask appropriate questions, and have fun! 

Building social skills using the participants' interests, CDC Social Skills Groups offer a low-stress, accepting environment that encourages learning and growth.

SLP-Interactive Group Therapy

Children of similar age and ability work on peer communication skills and pragmatic language skills in a small group setting run by a speech therapist. The focus of the sessions is interactive peer communication across various structured and naturalistic play activities and activities of daily living. In order to qualify for the group, children must demonstrates skills in most of the fundamental categories based on the current presentation of social weaknesses and strengths, and particularly social language skills as determined by our Speech and Language Pathology department. This is a perfect transition group for children before the social skills group. 

Circle Time Fun Nursery Group

One of the hallmarks of a well-rounded ABA therapy program is that students get the chance to practice the skills they learn in the real world. As your child learns and grows in their 1:1 program, it is important that they are challenged to use this knowledge in a practical way. As we always say, a child's occupation is play, so what better way to practice than through play! The Circle Time Fun Nursery Group simulates a typical circle time at a mainstream nursery, including song and dance, basic peer interactions and multi-modal play opportunities such as arts and crafts. One central teacher delivers previously mastered instructions in order to build students' confidence in using their new language in a group setting, while children are silently prompted and reinforced from behind for their participation.  It is our intention to build strong, confident students with a love of learning across many environments.