LEAP Preschool (Ages 2.5-5)

What is LEAP Preschool?

The LEAP Preschool is a program designed for pre-school aged children with autism or suspected autism.

There are 2 instructors for every 5 students in the preschool.

Is LEAP Preschool right for your child?

The LEAP Preschool may be right for your child if your child is 2.5–5 years old and would benefit from learning or improving:

  • communication skills;
  • play skills (i.e., taking turns, playing alone or with a peer);
  • how to pay attention;
  • social skills;
  • imitating sounds, words or actions such as banging on a drum, and gestures and body movements such as clapping hands or waving.

Photos of LEAP Preschool classroom in Burlington.

What is the focus of LEAP Preschool?

LEAP preschool is founded on the principles of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and Applied Behavioural Analysis principles (ABA).

In the Early Start Denver Model, children with autism or suspected autism, follow a developmental curriculum. This means they learn specific skills at specific stages of development. Specially designed methods are used to teach the curriculum. You can learn more about the Early Start Denver Model on the Autism Speaks Canada website here.

In simple terms, Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) uses principles of learning to change behaviour. Offering rewards for appropriate behaviour is one example. You can learn more about the Applied Behavioural Analysis on the Autism Speaks Canada website here.

The preschool aims to help children with autism or suspected autism “leap” into successful first years of school.This is done by using the proven techniques and principles of ESDM and ABA to teach them skills in critical areas such as communication, social attention, imitation and play.

LEAP Preschool is overseen by Board Certified Behaviour Analysts who are trained at the advanced level of ESDM and implemented by ABA Therapists who have received ESDM training.


Where is LEAP Preschool located?

LEAP Preschool is located at:

69 Flatt Road,
Burlington, ON L7P 0T3



When does LEAP Preschool take place?

School Year

There are 2 session blocks during the school year:

September – January
February – June

Sessions are 20 weeks (5 months) and students attend half days (9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm). Both blocks include an initial screening observation and parental consultation.


Maintenance sessions are run July and August. These sessions include one 4-hour session in-centre and one 2-hour family skill development session at home.


What does LEAP Preschool cost?

The cost is $2,700 per month for a minimum block of 5 months = $13,500

  • 15 hours per week
  • Half days
  • 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm

Parents/caregivers may choose to enrol their child in one session block or more. The cost for two blocks of 10 months = $27,000





How do I register my child for LEAP Preschool?

To learn more about LEAP Preschool and/or to register your child, please contact:

Jessica Gallino, Intake Worker
Phone: (905) 689-4727 ext. 115
Email: haltonautismservices@woodview.ca


After a referral is made.

You will be contacted by the Program Manager and a meeting will be arranged.

In this meeting, you will discuss LEAP preschool and how it could meet the needs of your child.

If all are in agreement that LEAP preschool is a good fit for you and your child, a start date and time for your child begin at LEAP preschool will be arranged.

Please note that (peanut-free) lunch and snacks are the responsibility of the parent(s).

Meet the BCBA Service Providers, here.