Clinical Management Team

Jaime Greenspan, M.ADS, BCBA
Supervisor, Behaviour Therapy

Jaime Greenspan, Supervisor, Behaviour Therapy and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) has been an active member of our team since 2018.

Jaime offers the following assessments and treatment:

  • Individualized skill assessments (e.g., ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, AFLS)
  • Functional Behaviour Assessments (e.g., reduction and replacement of challenging and/or maladaptive behaviours)
  • Behaviour Intervention Plans and development of daily living skills (e.g., toileting, school readiness, self-help, and social skills)
  • Staff and professionals training
  • Parent and caregiver coaching

Jaime has a passion for empowering clients and their families with the tools needed to live an independent, meaningful life. Outside of spending time with her adopted dog, Lennie, Jaime enjoys reading, traveling, spinning, and spending time outdoors.

Sara Marchese, M.A., Counselling Psychology
Clinical Director, Professional Services

Sara Marchese is a Clinical Director who is part of the Operations team that supports Children Support Solutions.  Sara has been with LifeWorks, in various capacities, for over two decades.

Sara brings extensive expertise and experience to her role as a clinician and Clinical Director, including counselling and psychotherapy in short and long-term formats, cognitive behaviour therapy, solution-focused therapy, and interpersonal psychoeducational programming.

She is also responsible for the overall planning, monitoring, management, implementation and evaluation of clients at Children Support.  She ensures that her teams do their utmost to assist families and children achieve their potential. “I enjoy mentoring people and helping them lead productive and fulfilling lives as employees within the organization. Anything I can do to enrich their experience and support them as they help others, is my privilege,” said Sara.

In her time away from work, Sara enjoys spending time with her (hilarious) children and husband, and dreaming about new places to travel to.

Shauna Markowitz, M.ADS, BCBA
Supervisor, Behaviour Therapy

Shauna Markowitz, Supervisor, Behaviour Therapy and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) has been an active member of our team since 2014.

In addition to ensuring our clinics adhere to best practices, including schedule management and client/family management, Shauna oversees and monitors clinical practices and outcomes to maintain clinical excellence while promoting achievement of clinic operating goals.

Shauna offers the following assessments and treatment:

  • Individualized skill assessments (e.g., ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, AFLS)
  • Development and supervision of programming to address a variety of skills (e.g., school readiness, receptive and expressive language, self-help and social skills)
  • Functional Behaviour Assessments
  • Behaviour Intervention Plans
  • Staff training
  • Parent coaching

Being a Behaviour Analyst allows Shauna to combine her passion for the profession with her compassion for children and their families. Helping comes naturally to Shauna; both her father and sister are in helping careers and so it is no surprise to see her follow in that tradition.

Psychologie

Anne Marie Mikhail, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical, Counselling, School Psychologist

Dr. Anne Marie Mikhail, psychologist, works with children and youth ages 6 – 25 years old and has been an active member of our team since September 2019.

Dr. Mikhail offers assessments and treatment in the following areas:

  1. Psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents to gain a better understanding of their learning profiles (e.g., learning disabilities, giftedness, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  2. Social-emotional diagnostic assessments to query the presence of mood or anxiety disorders (e.g., depression, generalized anxiety disorder)
  3. Developmental assessments to determine if the child or adolescent has Autism Spectrum Disorder or an Intellectual Disability
  4. Counselling for children and adolescents

Dr. Mikhail has a passion for providing multiculturally competent assessment and treatment and strives to work from a strength-based approach. In her spare time, Dr. Mikhail enjoys spending time with friends and family, dining out and trying new food, and binge-watching TV shows.

Valda Lopo, Clinical M.A., C. Psych.
Psychologist

Valda Lopo works with toddlers through to young adults, and has over 20 years experience in the field.

Valda offers assessments and treatments in the following areas:

  • Global Developmental Delay, and Learning Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Anxiety, Mood Disorders and Depression

She is fluently bilingual in English and Portuguese and can provide services in both languages. Valda prides herself on treating patients with sensitivity and care, and is passionate about collaborating with other professionals to help clients achieve their full potential.

Lynn Hawkins, M.A., C. Psych.
Psychologist

Lynn Hawkins works with children and youth aged 3 to 18, and has over 15 years of experience working as a psychologist within a school board context.

Lynn specializes in the following areas:

  • Psychoeducational assessment (Learning Disabilities, Giftedness, etc..)
  • Developmental assessments (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disabilities, etc..)
  • Behavioural assessment
  • Identification of suitability for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

“I have always been interested in helping children overcome obstacles and work to their potential. Being able to put the pieces of a puzzle together for my clients and help them move forward is an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Lynn.

Rita Alekian, M.A., C.Psych.
Clinical and School Psychologist

Rita Alekian, M.A., C.Psych. is a registered Clinical and School Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and has been providing psychological services to children and adolescents ages 4-18 for over 17 years.

Rita offers comprehensive assessments and evidence-based treatments in the following areas:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Learning disabilities (LD, NVLD)
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Giftedness

 

Rita has additional expertise in conducting psychological assessments for children with autism and isolating dual diagnostic issues, as well as providing treatment to children with a wide range of mental health and behavior issues using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Social Thinking and Mindfulness.

Rita’s overall passion is to help children grow and thrive by exploring the underlying factors that are causing them distress, empowering them with effective strategies and working collaboratively with families, schools and other stakeholders to facilitate positive outcomes.

Samuel Siah, Psy.D., C. Psych
Registered Psychologist

Dr. Samuel Siah, Licensed Child & Youth Psychologist who works with children and youth aged 6-18, and has been an active member of our team since 2015.

Dr. Siah offers the following assessments and treatment:

  • Psychoeducational (e.g., learning disability, giftedness) assessments
  • Psychodiagnostic (e.g., ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviour) assessments
  • Developmental (i.e., autism spectrum disorder/ADOS, intellectual disabilities) assessments
  • Individual and group psychotherapy from a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) focused perspective

Dr. Siah has a passion for identifying, managing and treating learning and mental health challenges that affect children and youth’s ability to learn, manage their emotions and thrive.

Outside of work, Samuel enjoys spending time with his family and travelling.

Tarak Ahmed, RSW, MSW
Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist

Tarak Ahmed, RSW MSW, works with children and youth aged 10+, and has been an active member of our team since December 2020.

Tarak offers the following assessments and treatment in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Addictions

Tarak has a passion for working with children and youth; he has dedicated most of his life working with young people and helping them live a more fulfilling life. Tarak is a compassionate, youth-focused social worker with over 10+ years of experience in the field.

Tarak enjoys traveling, fishing, and playing soccer in his spare time.

Thomas Rhee, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist

Dr Thomas Rhee is a Registered Child Psychologist and works with children and youth from infants through to 13 years of age.

His primary area of research interest involves the cognitive abilities and memory skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disability, and he has presented his work across various international conferences.

As a psychologist at Children Support Solutions, Dr Rhee provides an assessment to children suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neuro-developmental conditions, and (schedule permitting) individual therapy to school-aged children. His areas of expertise include:

  • Assessment of children aged 13 and under for the following concerns: Autism Spectrum Disorders (including previous Asperger Syndrome subtype), Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, giftedness, behaviour, and social/emotional disturbances.

Orthophonie

Annu Merin Jacob, B.Sc. M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Annu Jacob, Speech-Language Pathologist has worked with children preschool to elementary school-aged.

Annu is highly passionate about her field and aims to provide the best quality care for children and their families.

Annu has additional training and education in:

  • PROMPT
  • POWER UP Your Intervention Sessions with Literacy Strategies to Maximize Student Success.
  • Fluency Plus Program

Annu has extensive experience working with children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Articulation difficulties, receptive and expressive language delays, AD/HD, chromosomal disorders.

Annu is multi-lingual and can provide speech and language services in English, Malayalam, and Tamil languages. Spending time with my family and friends, traveling, listening music and singing, and cooking.

Aviva Bauer, M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Aviva Bauer, Speech-Language Pathologist ha over a decade of experience working with children preschool to elementary school-aged. Aviva has been an active member of our team since 2015.

Aviva has additional training and education in:

  • PROMPT
  • Hanan: More Then Words
  • Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • LAMP (Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning)

Aviva has extensive experience working with children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Articulation difficulties and expertise in speech-language delay. Aviva has worked across several different school environments, in both Canada and the USA. Her goal is to establish a warm, caring connection with children to help them grow and enjoy coming to sessions.

Hydee Bristol, M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Hydee Bristol, Speech-Language Pathologist who has extensive experience working with children and has been an active member of our team since 2015.

She has further experience & education in:

  • PROMPT
  • Technology use for speech
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Voicecraft for Speech Pathologists
  • Apraxia

Hydee has experience working with children with a variety of different diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, Apraxia, Speech Delay, and Trisomy 21.

Hydee has a passion for building strong relationships with families and clients by accurately identifying, educating and treating a child’s speech difficulty that affects their ability to engage and develop independence in their communication.

Hydee enjoys international cuisine, and spending time with her family in her spare time.

Lauren Robinson, MS CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren Robinson, MS CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO works with children and youth ages one to eighteen and has been an active member of our team since 2013.

Lauren has additional training and experience in the following areas:

  • Literacy intervention
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Speech-Sound Disorders
  • Executive functioning
  • TouchChat
  • Virtual therapy
  • Social thinking

Lauren has experience working with children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Trisomy 21, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Pragmatic Language Disorder, Speech-Language Delay, Articulation, Phonological Disorders and Apraxia. Lauren believes in family centred care and works tirelessly to improve the way children communicate and interact with their families, peers and larger communities. She is passionate about children finding their voice, whether it’s through oral, written or symbol-based language systems.

Lauren enjoys doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles outside of work and spending time with her family’s dogs.

Mirjana Belcevski, M.SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Mirjana Belcevski, Speech Language Pathologist works with children and youth aged 18 months to 14 years, and has been an active member of our team since 2014.

Mirjana has additional training and experience in the following areas:

  • Baby Sign and ASL
  • Early language development and language disorders
  • Picture Exchange Communication (PECs)
  • Low tech AAC and AAC devices
  • Oral Motor Speech
  • Articulation
  • Social skill development
  • Level 1 and 2 PROMPT training

Mirjana has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Speech Sound Disorder, and Language Delay.

Mirjana believes it is important to look at the whole child and their family and work to find ways to improve communication in all aspects of their lives. Outside of work Mirjana loves to dance, read, practice yoga and best of all joke around!

Prathamesh Bailoor, M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Prathamesh Bailoor, Speech-Language Pathologist has comprehensive experience working with children across a variety of clinical settings from preschool to school-aged. Prathamesh has been an active member of our team since 2017.

Prathamesh has additional training and experience in:

  • Lidcombe Program for Childhood Stuttering
  • Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk
  • The Social Thinking program
  • Literacy skills
  • Fluency

Prathamesh has worked with children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and neurological impairments. Prathamesh believes family-centered care is the most inclusive way to provide therapy. He is passionate about improving children’s communication skills to help them engage in their everyday life and doing that within the team and family.

Outside of work, Prathamesh is an avid sports lover and enjoys swimming, tennis and football. He is also fluent in Hindi and regional languages of India, Kannada and Konkani.

Rebeca Schvartzman, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Rebeca Schvartzman, Speech-Language Pathologist has over twenty years experience assessing and treating infant, toddlers, preschool & school age children. She has been an active member of our team since 2021.

She has completed a variety of professional education in:

  • Hanan: More Then Words (certified)
  • Talk Ability (People Skills for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum)
  • Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk
  • ABC and Beyond (Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings)
  • Certified Picture Exchange Communication system (PECs)
  • Social Thinking Methodology

Rebeca’s speciality includes working with children with a diagnosis such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Social communication challenges, Speech language & motor speech delay. Rebeca has a strong background in behaviour management and teaching skills that are the foundation for learning.

She believes that solid prerequisite skills and positive behaviour facilitate learning and social and emotional development. She provides a full range of services in Spanish. Rebeca passionately believes in family-centered treatment to maximize a child’s opportunity to develop communication, social, and play skills at home.

Saima Latif, M.S. S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Saima Latif, Speech-Language Pathologist has had comprehensive experience working with children ages 2-18 for over a decade. She has been an active member of our team since 2015.

She has completed a variety of professional education in:

  • Oral Placement Therapy (Level 3)
  • Myofunctional Disorders
  • Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk
  • Lidcombe program
  • ABA approach
  • PROMPT (introduction & bridging)
  • Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for Apraxia

Saima’s speciality includes working with children with a diagnosis such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Global Developmental Delay, Trisomy 21, Speech language & motor speech delay. Saima uses a multi-sensory approach and adapts each therapy sessions to her client’s unique learning style. She optimizes the activities to allow the child to be excited and engaged about learning in various contexts.

Outside of the therapy room, Saima enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.

Trishna Swaminathan, CDA
Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

Trishna has extensive experience working with the pediatric population. She graduated with a CDA graduate certificate from Durham College in 2017.

Trishna has vast experience with augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC) such as:

  • Flip ‘n Talk
  • PECS
  • TouchChat
  • Snap Core First
  • LAMP
  • Proloquo2Go
  • Linggo

She has additional training and education in:

  • Level 1 – Early Start Denver Model 9ESDM)
  • Baby Sign Language – WeeHands

Trishna has been working with children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), Turner’s Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and Apraxia

Using her previous experience, Trishna’s future goals involve combining the disciplines of speech therapy and behaviour analysis to provide a more holistic approach to her therapy. Her professional motto is “It’s not a disability, it’s a different ability.” She yearns to help each child find their own capabilities as she believes that with the right guidance, each child can reach their full potential. When not working, Trishna’s hobbies include golf, figure skating, exercising and completing her travel bucket list.

Physiothérapie

Ergothérapie

Anna Reeves, OT Reg.
Occupational Therapist

Anna Reeves in an Occupational Therapist with over 15 years of experience. She has worked in tertiary children’s hospitals, Schools, orphanages, NGO’s and clinics all over the world.

She has completed a variety of professional education and workshops in:

  • The Zones of Regulation
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Astronaut Protocol

Anna’s worked with children with a wide range of diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD/ADD, Global Developmental Delay, Trisomy 21, Sensory Processing Disorder, Spina Bifida, and fine and gross motor delay and emotional regulation difficulties.

Anna is a child-directed and family-oriented therapist. She loves to incorporate children’s play ideas in therapy and places great value on parent-child relationships and is a strong advocate for parents playing a significant role in their child’s development.

Arohi Atre, OT Reg.(Ont.)
Occupational Therapist

Arohi Atre, Occupational Therapist, works with children aged 2 years to 18 years of age, and has been an active member of our team since 2021. 

Arohi offers the following assessments and treatment in the following areas:  

  • Sensory Processing and Self-regulation  
  • Handwriting difficulties 
  • Fine motor skills, gross motor skills and developmental milestones 
  • Self care skills   

Arohi has a passion for working with children with sensory processing challenges and believes that behavior is communication. Hence, she is keen to add a sensory and a neurobiological lens to help better understand self-regulation challenges.  

Arohi enjoys going for hikes, playing with her preschool son, and watching him grow, in her spare time.  

Ashley Cooper, M.OT, OT Reg.
Occupational Therapist

Ashley Cooper, Occupational Therapist is one of our senior therapists and has experience working with children of all ages for over a decade. She has been an active member of our team since 2015.

She has completed a variety of professional education and workshops in:

  • Oral Placement Therapy (Level 2)
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • The SOS Feeding Approach
  • The Zones of Regulation
  • CME Level 1
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Quickshifts
  • Astronaut Protocol & Reflex Integration.

Ashley’s speciality includes working with children with diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD/ADD, Global Developmental Delay, Trisomy 21, Sensory Processing Disorder, Rett’s Syndrome, and fine and gross motor delay. Ashley emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach with her clients, working closely in collaboration with all team members and the family. Ashley is passionate about supporting children to achieve independence by focusing on all aspects of well-being – social, environment, physical, and psychological.

Outside of the therapy room, Ashley enjoys spending time with her pup Frankie and heading up north to a lake.

Danielle Himelfarb, M.OT, OT Reg.
Occupational Therapist

Danielle is an enthusiastic and passionate practitioner.

She is committed to making treatment fun and engaging for all of her clients. She has completed a variety of professional education and workshops in:

· Handwriting Without Tears

· Reflex Integration

· Eating and Feeding Matters

Danielle also has experience using the Zones of Regulation curriculum and Astronaught Training: a Visual-Vestibular Protocol. Danielle’s specialities include working with children with diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, ADHD/ADD, Global Developmental Delay, Trisomy 21, Sensory Processing Disorder, and fine and gross motor delay.

Danielle focuses on helping children become independent in their daily activities. She helps them to develop fine motor skills, gross motor skills, school readiness skills and self-regulation. She also promotes independence with their dressing, feeding, and self-care. Outside of the clinic, Danielle loves snowboarding and playing board games with friends.

Eunice Fung, M.OT, OT Reg.
Occupational Therapist

Eunice Fung, Occupational Therapist has experience working with children of all ages.

She has experience working with children in a variety of settings including in school, home and clinic settings.

She has completed a variety of professional education and workshops in:

  • Feeding Therapy
  • The Zones of Regulation
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Astronaut Protocol & Reflex Integration.

Eunice enjoys working with children of all ages to help them learn, grow and develop. Eunice is especially interested in feeding and believes that a whole-family approach is needed to address this complex skill.

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Keltie Morrison, OT Reg. (Ont)
Supervisor, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy & Speech Language Pathology

Keltie is a registered Occupational Therapist in Ontario with over seven years of experience working in pediatrics. She provides professional support to children with a variety of special needs. She earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Dalhousie University in 2008.

Keltie has experience working with children with a wide range of conditions including ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Down syndrome, Motor Delay, Spina Bifida, Sensory Processing Disorder and Learning Disabilities. Keltie has completed training in Therapeutic Listening, sensory integration, complex feeding treatment and is an Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Authorizer in Ontario for mobility devices.

When working with clients Keltie believes it is imperative for there to be inter-professional collaboration and inclusion of family in the ‘team’. In addition, she believes it is important to have thorough assessments, re-assessments and to create goals that children can master. She takes great pleasure in seeing children accomplish something they’ve been working on and celebrating with them. To Keltie building strong therapeutic relationships with kids and their families is essential.

Outside of work, Keltie enjoys a variety of volunteer opportunities, most recently travelling to Trinidad and Tobago with the University of Toronto as an OT supervisor where she supervised four OT students at a school for children with developmental disabilities. She also volunteers with the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog program visiting in the community each week.

Laura Goldenberg, M.OT, OT Reg.
Occupational Therapist

Laura Goldenberg, Occupational Therapist has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. She has been an active member of our team since 2016.

Laura has completed a variety of professional education and workshops in:

  • Sensory Integration
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • DIR Floortime Approach
  • The Zones of Regulation
  • Quickshifts
  • Executive Functioning
  • APPS for School
  • CO-OP Level 1.

Laura has particular expertise in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Trisomy 21, Muscular Dystrophies, Learning Disabilities, Motor Delay, Sensory Integration Disorder,

Spina Bifida, and William Syndrome. Laura knows that each family is different and has unique requirements and capabilities. Her client-centred approach ensures that the needs of each family are satisfied, whether it be in customizing home modifications and skills or collaborating with a team in other disciplines.

Laura is the mother of 3 young girls who is constantly pushing and inspiring her to do better.

Thérapie comportementale

Courtney Fabbro, B.A., Philosophy
Senior Therapist/Behaviour Consultant

Courtney Fabbro, Senior Therapist, works with children and youth aged 2 to 16, and has been an active member of our team since 2015.

Courtney offers the following assessments and treatment in the following areas:

  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Verbal Behaviour-Milestones and Program Plan (VB-MAPP) Assessment
  • Assessment of Basic Language and Learning – Revised (ABLLS – R)
  • Assessment of Functional Life Skills (AFLS)
  • Early Denver Style Model (EDSM) Assessment

Courtney has a passion for treating challenging behaviours and seeing clients learn and thrive in their environment.

Courtney enjoys walking her dogs in the forest, word games, and listening to music in her spare time.

Emily Beresford, M.ADS, BCBA
Senior Therapist/Behaviour Consultant

Emily Beresford is a Senior Behaviour Therapist and Behaviour Consultant who works with children and youth aged 0-16 and has been an active member of our team since 2014.

Emily offers the following assessments and treatment:

  • Behaviour Therapy for children with Autism based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • Behaviour consultation and parent training for behaviour management at home, school, and in the community
  • Social skills groups for children based on the principles of ABA
  • Curricular assessments (including VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R and AFLS)

Emily has a passion for teaching children independence, and to be able to communicate. She is an advocate for children’s needs so they can live their best and most empowered life!

Emily enjoys playing with her kids, doing yoga, and playing the guitar in her spare time.

Jordan Walter, MADS, BCBA
Senior Therapist/Behaviour Consultant

Jordan Walter, Senior Therapist/Behaviour Consultant, works with children and youth aged 3 to 18 and has been an active member of our team since 2021.

Jordan offers assessments and treatment in the follow areas:

  • Applied behaviour analytic treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Assessment and intervention for the reduction of challenging behaviours using a function-based approach
  • VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, AFLS, PEAK, and Functional Behaviour assessments
  • Use of alternative augmentative communication systems including PECS and Proloquo2Go
  • Toilet Training
  • Parent/caregiver training

Jordan has a passion for using his knowledge of applied behaviour analysis when working with children and their families to develop intervention plans that are effective and help them to access rewarding environments, relationships, and learning opportunities.

Jordan enjoys reading, exploring the city of Toronto, and spending quality time with his family and friends in his spare time.

Lauren Sugar, M.ADS, BCBA
Senior Therapist/ABA Clinical Supervisor

Lauren Sugar is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who works with children and youth aged 2 to 13 and has been an active member of our team since our team since February 2021.

Lauren offers the following assessments and treatment:

  • Skill assessments (e.g., ABLLS, VB-MAPP AND PEAK assessments).
  • Functional behaviour assessments and functional analysis for a wide range of behaviours.
  • Development of individualized skill acquisition programs.
  • Development of individualized behaviour reduction programs.

Lauren has a passion for supporting families to create individualized and meaningful change, and seeing her clients make improvements every day.

Meaghan Mak, J.D., M.A., BCBA
Senior Therapist

Meagan Mak, Senior Therapist/Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who works with children and youth aged 3-18 has been an active member of our team since 2020.

Meagan offers the following assessments and treatment:

  • Applied behaviour analytic treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Behaviour consultation for individuals with ASD, ADHD, LD, ODD, Down Syndrome, and general behaviour challenges
  • VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, AFLS, and PEAK assessments
  • Use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems, including PECS and Proloquo2Go
  • Toilet training

Meagan has a passion for data analysis and the use of data to create meaningful behavioural changes that improve the quality of life of clients, their families, and other stakeholders.

Meagan enjoys running/cycling, current events and politics, science podcasts, and anything by her favourite comedians Marc Maron and Bill Maher.

Melissa Chow, MPEd, BCBA
ABA Clinical Supervisor

Melissa Chow, ABA Clinical Supervisor works with children and youth aged 18 months to 18 years and has been an active member of our team since 2016.

Melissa offers the following assessments and treatment:

  • The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised (ABLLS-R), and The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Proloquo2Go
  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Direct Instruction (DI), Incidental Teaching, Social Thinking Methodology, TAGteach, and more!

Melissa has a passion for working closely with families and other professionals to ensure that every child reaches his or her full Potential.

Melissa enjoys reading cozy mysteries, creative writing, and playing with her adopted, three-legged hamster, Kodak, in her spare time.

Sophia Karantonis, M.A. (ABA), BCBA
Senior Therapist

Sophia Karantonis, senior behaviour therapist works with children aged 2-12, and has been an active member of our team since 2012.

Sophia offers the following assessments and treatment:

  • Conducting assessments (VB-MAPP, ABLLS, AFLS) and creating individualized behaviour plans for clients and families.
  • Using principles of applied behaviour analysis to support children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Children with learning disabilities and social skills needs.
  • Behaviour consultation with families and teachers.
  • Supervising social skills groups for children.

Sophia has a passion for working with children with special needs, helping them overcome challenges and reaching their full potential.

Sophia enjoys spending time with family and is a fan of music, books and films.

Sylvia Shu Yin Tse, M.Ed., BCBA
Senior Therapist/ Behaviour Consultant

Sylvia Tse, Senior Therapist/ Behaviour Consultant works with children and youth aged 2 to 13 and has been an active member of our team since 2021.

Sylvia offers the following assessments and treatment in the following areas:

  • Applied behaviour analytic treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Assessment and intervention for the reduction of challenging behaviours using a function-based approach.
  • Development of skill acquisition programs using ABLLS-R, Precision Teaching, PEAK, and TAGTeach.
  • Use of alternative augmentative communication systems including PECS, LAMP, and Proloquo2Go.

Sylvia has a passion for promoting independence in children and families, as well as creating an enjoyable environment for clients to learn. Sylvia enjoys taking long walks with her husky and finding the next new bakery in her spare time.

Orthopédagogie

Ann and Karen Wolff
Educational Consultants

Ann and Karen Wolff are Educational Consultants with over 25 years of experience working in the public school system. They both have a background in Special Education and have educated children throughout the TDSB and the YRDSB in grades K-12.

Ann and Karen are educational consultants who specialize in finding school placement options in both the private and public school sectors across the GTA. They have developed a needs assessment that addresses the whole child factoring in academic, social and emotional areas of strength and the need to determine all facets of educational programming and planning.

Other services that they provide include: academic assessments, Individual Education Plan (IEP) reviews, IPRC and transition planning support.

Ann and Karen observe students in class and attend school meetings where feasible. This can be invaluable and enables them to translate recommendations deriving from psychological reports and assessment data and into meaningful language that educators can use to work with children in schools.

Ann and Karen truly partner with students and their families to address concerns and create an individualized blueprint for future success and achievement.

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Equipe de direction clinique

Annie Veillette
Equipe de direction clinique
Catherine Norsworthy
M.Sc.(A), S-LP(C) Orthophoniste, Répondante clinique en orthophonie - Montréal

Catherine Norsworthy a complété sa maitrise en orthophonie en 2007.  Avant avoir obtenu sa maitrise à l’université McGill à Montréal, elle a complété un diplôme en linguistique et un certificat d’enseignement d’anglais comme langue seconde à l’université Carleton à Ottawa.  Elle est membre de l’Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec et d’Orthophonie et Audiologie Canada.  Elle est membre active d’OAC et a participé aux comités des membres de l’organisation.

Catherine a de l’expérience dans une variété de milieux, incluant des écoles, milieux de garde, hôpitaux, et en clinique, en anglais et en français.  À Montréal, elle a profité des opportunités de rencontrer des enfants et familles de diverses contextes culturelles et linguistiques.  Elle s’intéresse particulièrement à l’intervention précoce, travaillant avec des jeunes enfants ayant des troubles développementaux tels que l’autisme, retard de développement, trouble développemental du langage, et des troubles de l’articulation et la phonologie et la dyspraxie verbale.  Elle s’intéresse également au développement du langage et la littératie chez les enfants d’âge scolaire.

Catherine vise toujours à aider ses clients à découvrir le pouvoir du langage et le plaisir de communiquer.  Ainsi, elle tient compte des objectifs de la famille et des intérêts de l’enfant pour pouvoir bâtir un plan d’intervention qui permettra à l’enfant de développer des habiletés fonctionnels de communication, tout en s’amusant!  Catherine croit également en l’importance du travail multidisciplinaire afin de soutenir l’enfant et la famille dans leur intégralité.

Catherine adore la lecture et possède une énorme bibliothèque comprenant toutes sortes d’œuvres.  Elle aime aussi le tai-chi, la course à pied, et le tricot.


Catherine Norsworthy

Clinical respondent, Speech Language Pathology

Catherine Norsworthy has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2007.  Prior to completing her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University in Montreal, she earned an Honours B.A. in Linguistics and a Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Second Language from Carleton University in Ottawa.  She is a certified member of both the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.  She is an active member of SAC and has participated in volunteer committee work for the organization.

Catherine’s clinical experience has included work in a variety of settings, including schools and day cares, hospitals, and in the clinic, working in both English and French.  Working in Montreal, she has had the opportunity to work with children and families from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  She has a particular interest in early intervention, working with young children who have developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delay, language disorder, and speech-sound disorders including childhood apraxia of speech.  She is also interested in language and literacy development in school-age children.

At work, Catherine’s goal is always to help her clients discover both the power of language and the joy of communication.  This means working with the family’s goals and the child’s interests in order to build a therapy program that will allow the child to develop useful communication skills and achieve his or her full potential – and have fun doing it!  Catherine also believes in the importance of multidisciplinary cooperation in order to support the whole child and the whole family.

Catherine loves to read, and has a ridiculously large collection of books, spanning everything from classic novels to nonfiction to sci-fi and comics.  She also enjoys tai chi, running, and knitting.

Judith Bourgoin
M.Ps. éd. Psychoéducatrice, Répondante clinique en orthopédagogie

Judith est décrite comme une psychoéducatrice engagée, dynamique et flexible dans sa pratique. Avant d’intégrer l’équipe de professionnels de Parcours d’enfant chez Morneau Shepell, elle a travaillé au cours des dernières années comme psychoéducatrice auprès des familles, au sein d’un centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux. Auparavant, Judith a contribué à l’élaboration et à la mise en action d’un projet visant à contrer l’intimidation au sein d’un milieu scolaire primaire privé. Elle a également mis sur pied un projet d’intervention en pédopsychiatrie auprès des adolescentes diagnostiquées d’un trouble alimentaire dans le cadre de sa maitrise en psychoéducation. Passionnée par sa profession, Judith cherche constamment à se mettre à jour sur les nouvelles pratiques et interventions psychoéducatives.

Marie Kearney
MPO orthophoniste, Répondante clinique en orthophonie - Québec

Diplômée de l’Université de Montréal et orthophoniste chez Morneau Shepell depuis 2012, Marie travaille principalement avec la clientèle d’âge préscolaire et scolaire présentant des difficultés de langage oral, de langage écrit et de parole.

Elle intervient également auprès des jeunes qui évoluent dans un contexte multilingue. Elle se déplace fréquemment dans les écoles et les milieux de garde afin d’intervenir auprès des enfants directement dans leur milieu de vie.

Son calme, sa douceur et sa patience font d’elle une orthophoniste bien appréciée des enfants. Marie aime aussi échanger et partager ses connaissances avec les parents et les autres intervenants par le biais de formations offertes dans différents milieux. Soucieuse du travail bien fait, elle réalise tous ses projets avec passion et est toujours prête à relever de nouveaux défis.

Elle occupe d’ailleurs un nouveau poste de répondante clinique depuis septembre 2017, qui l’amène à prendre en charge certaines tâches administratives.

Stéphanie Martel
Orthopédagogue, Répondante clinique en orthopédagogie

Orthopédagogie

Stéphanie Martel
Orthopédagogue, Répondante clinique en orthopédagogie