PowerUp Summer 2024 Program 

WHAT: Foundational skill building with our specialized behavioural and communication support team. Includes snack and lunch.

WHEN: Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, July 2 – August 30

WHO: Kids aged 4-12+ who need focused support with communication, transitions, activities, or toileting; those who may have a history of development or physical dysregulation and require specialized behavioural and therapeutic planning to support safety and success

Minimum Commitment: 2+ days/wk for 4 weeks*

Rates: $600/day


What is PowerUp?

PowerUp! is a highly specialized, individualized therapeutic alternative or supplementary program that takes place during the school day (currently Tuesday-Thursday). It is one of the components available in our wraparound family plans.

Who is PowerUp for?

PowerUp! is an ideal program for children with special needs, notably autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, or other behavioural or developmental support needs. Children receive highly individualized therapeutic programming with low-ratio support, in a social setting that mimics the flow of a school or preschool day. Children in the PowerUp! program work on building the foundational skills that allow them to thrive at home, school, and in the community.

Who is involved in the program delivery?

PowerUp is designed and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, which includes:

  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
  • Social Workers (MSW)
  • Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT)
  • Communication Specialists
  • Behaviour Therapists

This powerhouse team meets weekly to consult on each PowerUp family to celebrate successes, troubleshoot challenges, and ensure each care plan is updated regularly to reflect each child’s current goals and needs.

What happens at PowerUp?

Families coming into the PowerUp program undergo a comprehensive assessment and treatment planning process over the first month or so of their attendance, as we get to know each other and build a base of trust and understanding. This process includes:

  • Parent meeting with our neurodivergence specialist
  • School consultation 
  • Observation and consultation with Speech & Language team (SLP)
  • Observation and consultation with Occupational Therapy team (OT)
  • Meeting with an Executive Function specialist (OCT)
  • Functional behaviour or skill-based assessment with our Behavior Analyst
  • Bio-psycho-social observations from our social work team

The data collected from these assessments drives the design and implementation of your highly individualized therapeutic program. The goal is to get to know your child and your family meaningfully so that we can be true partners in your child’s developmental journey, and champions of your family’s overall well-being.

When and Where does PowerUp happen?

From our Ancaster location in a spacious, natural setting, PowerUp! offers full or half-day in-person programming for children from across Hamilton, Halton, Brant, Haldimand, and Niagara. It is designed as a long-term developmental support program. Families commit to a minimum of one school term at a time, to give their child the consistency required to see support plans through to meaningful fruition.

Currently our day program runs:

  • Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00am – 3:00pm during the school year
  • Hamilton PA days from 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Monday-Friday from 9:30am – 3:30pm during school breaks, including the 9 week summer break

Each day includes a variety of low-ratio, individualized, intensive behavioural and learning supports delivered in small, needs-based groups. Fun and engaging therapeutic activities include outdoor play, games, yoga, academic literacy and numeracy-focused tasks, snacks and lunch (including being involved in preparation and food choices), music, arts and crafts, and more. 

Individualized Support:
Within the day, each child receives 1:1 support with various specialists to work on more individualized and specialized goals, as indicated by each child’s personal support needs based on their ongoing care plan. This could include focused time with:

  • A Speech & Communication specialist supervised by our SLP
  • An Occupational Therapy Assistant supervised by our OT
  • Academic support with our Certified Teacher
  • Mental health support with our social work team & coaches
  • A Behaviour Therapist supervised by our Behaviour Analyst

The days are filled with joyful therapeutic activities and supports that are packaged in a fun, organic, age-appropriate program. We have a strong focus on using outdoor play in our learning, and children make daily use of our large, tree-filled backyard and garden, filled with opportunities for sensory and risky play, social negotiation, and mindfulness. The clinic also hosts various animal friends!  We incorporate time with the animals into our routines, including Bandit (an old English Sheepdog and therapy dog in training), and Esther (a Shorkie), both of whom make regular appearances. 

How do we get started?

Contact Us to begin the clinic intake process, and together we will determine if PowerUp is the best fit for your family’s needs.