Please note that currently, the Skills 4 Life program has a wait list. For up to date and additional information about the waitlist or to get started as a new participant and find out about other options, please call our Intake Specialist at 519-472-6381 x247 or

 About Skills 4 Life

The Skills 4 Life program supports  individuals 18+ who have significant intellectual disabilities (ID)

The program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and also has  a strong partnership with Fanshawe College. Skills 4 Life has a teaching and learning-centered approach, in that students from Fanshawe college are regularly involved.

The program focuses on increasing skills through personalized goals to increase opportunities in adulthood. The program is highly specialized, in that following an assessment, individuals will be taught individualized skills that they and their families/community supports deem most important to focus on. They will then be taught in a 3-to-1 and 1-to-1 format.


What is Our Approach?

We use Applied Behaviour Analysis skills in a manner that teaches step-by-step and systematic approaches. Data is taken and goals are tracked daily. Teaching methods are changed to suit the needs of each person and new goals are constantly created when goals are reached. Generalization and Maintenance of skills are also taught and checked.  Support coaching is provided regularly to generalize to home and other areas of the community.


The Program focuses on skill building across many different areas, chosen by the individual and individualized to the participant and family but can include:

·         Employment Opportunities & Job Skills

·         Leisure activities

·         Residential Responsibilities

·         Cooking

·         Cleaning

·         Classroom Learning Preparation

All of the above is completed in an age-appropriate manner in various community settings whenever possible. Activities take place in areas that make sense depending on the goals that the individuals and his or her support networks choose to focus on.


Assessments are be booked with participants prior to starting the program.  Follow up assessments are completed throughout the year. Regular progress reports are provided throughout.

The program is overseen by a Senior Instructor with ABA training and a Clinical supervisor. Various professors from Fanshawe College are also involved and provide input. Students from Fanshawe College are regularly involved in the programming, as part of student placements, and involved in research projects. Any research projects completed have received research ethics approval and Participant have choices to participate.


Hours of Operation

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

9:00am to 4:00pm

1 year commitment required
**No classes on holidays, during Summer shut-down (1st week July) and 2 weeks in December during the Christmas break


Participant Fee

$915.00/month (program fees are Passport eligible)
**Additional costs for day trips and community participation may apply depending on goals


•        Be at least 18 years of age and no longer attending school

·         Have a significant intellectual disability (diagnosis of developmental disability, global developmental delay, or moderate or severe intellectual disability)

·         Able to participate in small group setting  

·         Able to attend to own personal care

How to get started:

·         Download application for the Skills 4 Life program, complete and fax to 519-472-1051 or can to email

·         If the participant is the right fit for the program,  you will be contacted by the Senior Therapist and Intake Specialist to gather information and complete an assessment.  Next steps will be provided at that time

Download Skills 4 Life application here.