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MIRIAM FOUNDATION REVAMPS ITS PROGRAMS

MIRIAM FOUNDATION REVAMPS ITS PROGRAMS

MIRIAM FOUNDATION REVAMPS ITS PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE BETTER, MORE FLEXIBLE EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES

“Samuel is learning in a nurturing environment catered to his special needs and to his personal rhythm and has made significant strides within the last two months.  My dream would be that this model be replicated and offered to all children with global development delays and autism spectrum disorder.”

-Chrystal Healy (Samuel’s mom), April 2019

MIRIAM REVAMPS ITS PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE BETTER,
MORE FLEXIBLE EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES

 Montreal, Quebec- December 13th, 2019- The Miriam Foundation announced today that it would be simplifying its overall early intervention program structure to make it easier for parents to understand and to provide them with a flexible menu of options for their children. 

Based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and developmental psychology, Miriam is creating two intervention streams: the Verbal Behaviour-ABA and Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Programs under its new Miriam Evaluation Intervention division.

Warren Greenstone, CEO of the Miriam Foundation, had this to say: “For almost 60 years, the Miriam Foundation has been meeting the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities and developmental delays, and the needs of their families.  Over the years, our services have evolved in order to ensure our clients and their families benefit from best practices and the latest research.”

Based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behaviour uses analysis of verbal behavior as a construct for teaching language skills. Youngsters learn that words can help them get desired objects or results.  The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is based on applied behaviour analysis and developmental psychology. This means parents and therapists use play and joint activities to build positive and fun relationships, encouraging your child to boost language, communication, social, cognitive and adaptive skills.

In answering what this means in practice, Nadia Abouzeid, Clinical and Research Director of the Foundation, said, “The current Gold Centre Programs (Abili-T, Abili-T +, ASD Montreal and Trampoline) will merge into one of the two new streams.  The names will be changing but the quality will remain the same.  By redefining our programs to fit into a more understandable clinical model, we are ensuring that our clients are receiving the therapies they need to meet their personal development and behavioural goals.”

The Miriam Foundation has also revised its fee structure, making it more flexible for parents to choose the appropriate menu of services for their child. 

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Contact:

 

Erin Matheson
Miriam Foundation
514-345-1300 x 132; [email protected]

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