Self-Regulation and Social Thinking

group program

This group program uses concepts from the Zones of Regulation (Leah Kuypers), the Incredible 5 Point Scale (Dunn Buron) , and the Social Thinking curriculum (Michelle Garcia Winner). The majority of the children have participated in individual OT treatment sessions where specific challenges have been identified and strategies have been introduced. The group allows participants to generalize new skills to support interaction with peers and allows group leaders to identify social situations where challenges may be triggered. Group leaders can then further identify the best use of sensory-motor, cognitive behaviour, and social thinking tools that can support participants to regulate their emotions and arousal levels and address social issues.

  • Current session is full, please contact us for future groups


Our highly successful camp, now in its third year, was created to teach and enhance skills necessary for school success before the start of the school year. The program was designed to meet individual occupational therapy goals as well as focus on the development of self regulation and group participation skills.

School Readiness

Summer camp 2019

Registration NOW OPEN!

Summer Camp Is Back at Ellen Yack & Associates

Ready, Set, Go: A School Readiness Summer Camp

During the last 2 weeks of the summer, we are offering separate 1-week summer camp programs for children entering JK, SK and Grade 1.

This camp is designed to teach and enhance skills necessary for school success. The program will address individual occupational therapy goals as well as focus on the development of self regulation and group participation skills. Campers, therefore, will work individually with the occupational therapist as well as in groups.

Most campers have been previously seen at Ellen Yack and Associates. New children are welcome, but will minimally require an assessment to determine needs and readiness for the camp program. The camp will be held at our sensory gym at 2700 Dufferin Street, Unit 27.

Programming will include:

● Fine motor skills: printing, cutting, crafts, pencil and utensil use

● Postural Control: maintaining an upright sitting position at school

● Self-regulation: arousal and emotion regulation, participation in circle time,

transitioning between activities attention to tasks, Zones of Regulation curriculum

● Social Skills: Michelle Garcia social thinking curriculum, how to be a group member,

collaborative play, team work, flexible thinking

● Executive Functions: impulse control, organization, time management

Ratios and Staffing

The staff are experienced occupational therapists with extensive paediatric experience. Volunteers who are applying to occupational therapy programs are present to support group activities. The group will be a maximum of 6 participants moving between 1-1 and 2-1ratios. The camp requires a minimum of 4 participants to run.


There will be two separate one-week camp sessions offered during August 2019.

● Monday August 19th to Friday August 23th OR

● Monday August 26th to Friday August 30st


*Full Days (9:30 am-2 pm) $900.00

*Half days (9:30 pm-noon pm) $750.00

*Fee includes a progress note and parent training provided by Ellen Yack.


A $500.00 deposit is required and a $200.00 cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel the

week before the start date. Please be advised that there is no refund for missed sessions.

Please contact Ellen at 416-481-2446 or to register.