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Preschool Behaviour Communication Services

reading with a friendThe team is comprised of speech language pathologists, behaviour communication consultants, social workers and occupational therapists.

The Preschool Behaviour Communication Program (PBCS) is a multidisciplinary service offered in partnership with Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services. The program is guided by an empowerment oriented approach where the family is the centre of intervention planning and implementation.

Built on developmental principles, the program emphasizes play as a critical medium through which social, emotional, communicative and cognitive development can be facilitated. Functional communication, independent play skills, social skills and daily living skills are emphasized.

Individual Family Intervention
Following a multi-disciplinary evaluation, an individualized intervention plan is developed with the family outlining specific goals regarding play, communication, behaviour management, and social skills.

Parents are provided with modelling and instruction to enhance their capacity to teach specific communicative, play, social skills, daily living skills and to manage their child’s behaviour. Parents are coached to use the intervention strategies to ensure targeted skills are taught in natural contexts such as home, child care centre or in the community so that learning and development can occur throughout the child’s daily environments.

Parents are provided with training on techniques that are specific to their child’s needs to improve their child’s communication. When appropriate, augmentative communication systems such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) are introduced. Parents are provided with training on how to use visual aids to increase their child’s comprehension, assist with transitions, encourage their child to make choices and increase their child’s independence

Child Care Consultation
At the family's request, limited consultations can be provided in a child care centre. The PBCS Team meets with individuals working with the child at the child care centre to share information and to coordinate a model of service delivery with the staff. Services can include observing the child in the child care centre, consulting to the staff regarding these observations, suggesting intervention strategies, and staff coaching. The PBCS Team can also provide information to the daycare staff as needed to assist in their understanding and implementation of suggested strategies.  

Individual Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) Consultations
During these individual meetings, the SLP discusses with the family concerns affecting their child’s communication development. Areas which can be addressed include (but are not limited to) receptive and expressive language skills, augmentative communication systems (as deemed appropriate), articulation, and reading comprehension.

Clinics are focused on partnering with the family to target specific communication goals in their home and community.

Individual Behaviour Consultations (BC)
The role of the BC is to support the SLP with the child’s speech and language goals; while identifying any behaviour concerns that may impede on their ability to attain these goals.  The BC further supports the parents/caregiver to identify specific behaviours using data collection tools to implement an effective behaviour management plan. During these consultations, parents/caregivers are coached using a mediator model to build their confidence and enhance their ability to put these strategies into practice.  
Parents are provided with:

  • Information specific to their child's development
  • Modeling and coaching of techniques and strategies to facilitate development in these areas
  • Access to resources or workshops which can enhance their understanding of their child’s development

Preschool Behaviour Communication Services: Questions and Answers


Children, 5 years and under, with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who reside in the City of Toronto (Scarborough, North York, Toronto, York or East York) and are registered with Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services are eligible for the service.


The service is provided by a team of Speech Language Pathologists, Behaviour/Communication Consultants, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers


Referrals to the Geneva Centre for Autism PBCS program are made by Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services. The speech and language pathologist working with the child in the quadrant will request a transfer when assessment of the child and family needs indicates that a multidisciplinary approach would be the most appropriate clinical intervention.


The PBCS program is focused on meeting the needs of children and families. Service is available in multiple clinical locations. , Occasionally, when clinically appropriate, service may take place at the family home, child care centre or nursery school.


Parents accessing service from the PBCS program are also eligible to participate in other Geneva Centre for Autism services including Foundations, , Special Topics, Social Skill Building Groups, Parent Network, Training Institute, and Respite.


In October of the year a child turns 5, he / she is discharged from Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services at the Geneva Centre for Autism.  However, they continue to remain a client of the Geneva Centre, and can continue to access follow up service through the School Age Behaviour Communication team, as well as other Geneva Centre services listed in the links to the left.


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