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ABA ASSOCIATES

Alia Amer, M.Sc.Psy., M.ADS., BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)

Alia is a board-certified behaviour analyst, experienced working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental needs, both in special education classrooms and small groups as well as one-on-one settings. She has a master’s in Psychology and in Applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Brock university. She is adept at performing assessments, planning, development and implementation of appropriate intervention based on the principles of applied behaviour analysis. She displays advanced knowledge of the characteristics of ASD and its impact on the development of behaviour, daily living, communication and social skills. She also provides training to other professionals, parents/caregivers and community mediators.

Alia provides applied behavioural Assessment and Programming in Mississauga and Brampton as well as throughout the GTA.

Jessica Pero B.A., M.ADS, BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)

Jessica is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with a Master’s Degree from Brock University with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Jessica has been working with children from various populations with special needs for almost 10 years and has experience working in the home, clinic and hospital setting. Jessica has provided ABA Therapy in the past as an Instructor Therapist, and is skilled at guiding parents through the process of ABA Therapy. She loves that she gets the opportunity to work with children between the ages of 2-12.

Jessica performs assessments, and then develops a uniquely catered program plan for your child. She supervises the programming and ensures successful implementation of the intervention using ABA principles. Jessica is well versed in Autism Spectrum Disorder, and loves to help children and their families overcome the challenges that ASD can bring. She creates programs that target goals like skills of daily life, social communication, toilet independence, reducing aggressive behaviours (hitting, biting, etc), and more. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with our amazing team of ABA Therapists who put our families first.

Jessica provides Applied Behavioural Assessment and Programming virtually.

Roxana Radu, B.Sc., M.Ed, BCBA (Board Ceritifed Behaviour Analyst)

Roxana has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism since 2012, supporting individuals as young as 18 months to 22 years old.

Roxana completed a Masters degree in Special Education at the University of British Columbia with a specialization in autism and developmental disabilities and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in 2015. She has worked in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, daycares, and in the community.

Roxana is looking forward to continuing working in the autism field using a family-centred approach that will lead to long term positive outcomes.

Roxana provides ABA Assessments and Programming virtually.

Jayti Dutt, Behaviour Therapist, RBT

Jayti is a graduate from George Brown College’s Autism and behavioural sciences program. She has over 3 years of experience in working with children with ASD, both in group and one-one settings.

Jayti is an RBT (Registered Behaviour Technician) for over 2 years. She has great experience working with kids from age 3-12. She is trained on various techniques, like Picture exchange communication (PECS). She is capable of running group programs like: - Social skills, Executive functioning, Emotional regulation. She has a clear understanding of ABLLS, PEAK, VB-MAPP assessments. Jayti has done Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) with early learners.

Jayti speaks Hindi and English and provides ABA Therapy services in Toronto Downtown, North York and Scarborough.

Devashree Joshi, B.A, Behaviour Therapist

Devashree has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from York University and Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science from George Brown College. She started in the field by volunteering at Geneva Centre for Autism and upon graduating from George Brown College, she started working as an Instructor therapist.

Devashree has close to 6 years of experience working with children with special needs. She has also worked as a lead therapist and senior therapist over the years. She has worked with children from age 3-15.

Devashree is fluent in English, Hindi, and Gujarati.

Devashree provides ABA Therapy Services in the Kitchener area.

Hajira Zia, M.Ed, M.A., B.A., Behaviour Therapist, RBT

Hajira Zia has a Masters of Education from University of Toronto, in addition to her Masters of English Literature and Bachelors of Communication Degrees.

Hajira is an empathetic and a committed ABA therapist who is brilliant at increasing the developmental trajectory of children with an autism spectrum disorder using the principles of applied behavior analysis to improve their quality of life. She very passionately works with the children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental needs. She conducts 1:1 in-person therapy and provides support for the families and their children with disabilities.

Hajira has completed theoretical component of her RBT Behaviour Technician course and looking forward to get certified soon.

Hajira speaks fluent English, Urdu, and Punjabi and provides ABA Therapy services in Downtown Toronto.

Rachel Israel, Behaviour Therapist, RBT

Rachel is a Certified Behaviour Therapist with her Registered Behaviour Technician certification, and has received her Diploma in Early Childhood Education as well as a certificate in the Applied Behaviour Analysis Program through Seneca College.

Rachel has always had a passion to work with children, but particularly grew fond with working with children on the ASD spectrum. Her journey started at a very young age, as a camp counselor, volunteer, as well as providing 1:1 therapy to many children over the years. Rachels knowledge and expertise has continued to grow, as she has been in the field for over six years; working with multiple children alongside their families diagnosed on the ASD spectrum, down syndrome, OCD, ADHD/ADD, ODD, and children with Neurological Disorders such as Canavan Disease. She has provided therapy both in-home as well as in clinic based settings. Rachel strives to provide therapy with utmost care and create the best possible experience for her clients as well as their families.

Rachel provides ABA Therapy Services in the North York region.

Maria Acuna, Behaviour Therapist, RBT

Maria is a graduate from George Brown College Child and Youth Care Program and continued her education by attaining her post-graduate certificate in Applied Behavioural Analysis. Maria is a RBT - Registered Behaviour Technician, with 6 years of experience in the field.

Maria has experience as well as Field Placement opportunities supporting individuals with Autism, Dual Diagnosis and Physical Disabilities within Group Home, Centre based programs, Shelter settings, Adult day programs, Community, Home, School Setting and Children's sensory Camps. Maria is experienced working with individuals from the age of 3-40 years of age within group settings as well as 1:1.

Maria sees the ability not the disability; striving to help support create a socially significant change to create a meaningful impact in those she supports.

Maria is fluent in English and Spanish.

Maria provides ABA therapy services throughout the Etobicoke and Mississauga region.

Bianca Lamacchia, Behaviour Therapist, RBT

Bianca is a graduate from Seneca College program for Autism and Behavioural Sciences, graduating with honours. She is continuing her education with an honours Bachelor degree in Behavioural Psychology. She has over 2 years of experience working with children and adults with ASD, both in group and one-one settings.

Bianca is an RBT (Registered Behaviour Technician) and has great experience working with kids from age 3-12. She has been volunteering for over a year with an autism based community program, and is trained on various techniques for those with Autism and more. She is capable of running group programs like: - Social skills, Executive functioning, Emotional regulation, and Daily Living skills. She has a clear understanding of ABLLS, PEAK, VB-MAPP assessments and data collection.

Bianca speaks English and provides ABA Therapy services all throughout York region.

Fredi Kent, B.A., CYW, Behaviour Therapist

Fredi has her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from York University and certification for Child and Youth Work at George Brown College. She has 3 years’ experience in the Autism field and has worked in day program settings as well as group homes, and public schools.

Her clients range from ages 3-13 in all aspects of the Autism field, from high to low functioning, and has aided children with dual diagnoses. She is trained in various forms of communication devices, such as picture-exchange communication system (PECS) and proloquo2go.

Fredi advocates for parent involvement, and understands the importance of bridging the gap with the childs’ skills outside of therapy. She is passionate to teach children the life skills they need to reach their full potential.

Fredi provides ABA Therapy services in Toronto and Scarborough areas.

Momina Siddiqui, B.Sc., Behaviour Therapist

Momina completed her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology in 2018. She has 2 years of experience providing behavioral services to children age (3-12) with Developmental and Learning disorders i.e. ASD, ADHD and Dyslexia. Momina is a highly motivated and self-directed ABA Therapist with ability to work with children of various intellectual, physical and behavioral challenges. She has worked in a variety of settings including Public/Private schools, daycare, in home and in clinic.

She generally enjoys working with children and believes that individualized training and healthy relationship with client positively impacts on them.

Momina can speak English, Urdu and Hindi, and provides ABA Therapy services in North York, Etobicoke and Downtown.

Vivian Nguyen, Behaviour Therapist

Vivian obtained her Behavioural Sciences diploma in Seneca College, and is also continuing her education at Ontario Tech University for Forensic Psychology (B.A). She believes that children are the future! Vivian has experience with children of all ages diagnosed with autism and developmental delays. She has worked across many settings including private and public schools and ran her own private tutoring and childcare business. Vivian has experience in developing personalized work and programs to ensure that each child needs in improvement are being met.

She is a passionate individual that enjoys bonding and building healthy relationships with children. Vivian supports parents’ involvement and understands the importance of consistency in order for children to obtain a higher quality of life. Vivian is motivated to obtain additional training to improve her understanding in the field and provide the best quality service that she can.

Vivian provides ABA Therapy services in Toronto and Vaughan.

Sarah Long, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Sarah has her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Ontario Tech University and is currently a student in Yorkville University's Master's of Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy Program. Sarah has over 3 years experience working in the field of mental health and one year experience providing ABA therapy in home, in school, and in clinical settings to children with autism ranging from ages 2-12. Sarah is passionate about her work and genuinely enjoys being around children. She understands the uniqueness of each child and is dedicated to ensuring that all needs are being met.

Sarah is invested in your child's progress and will be willing to share strategies, principles and techniques with parents for an overall positive experience.

Sarah provides ABA Therapy services in Scarborough and the Durham region.

Rebekah Heipel, B.Sc., Behaviour Therapist

Rebekah graduated with a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Psychology with a diploma in General Arts and Sciences.

Rebekah has begun her journey towards completing her diploma in Autism and Behavioural Sciences.

Rebekah has worked with exceptional children for 6 years with an emphasis in providing 1 to 1 ABA therapy for 3 years. She is trained in the use of LAMP, PECS and other AAC devices. Rebekah has always had a passion for the special needs population, as she has a personal connection to children on the spectrum.

Rebekah provides ABA Therapy Services in Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and Bowmanville.

Leutrime Lahu (Leu), B.Sc., Behaviour Therapist

Leu completed her Bachelor of Science degree with specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She has been working for almost 2 years providing behavioral services to children aged 3-12 with developmental and learning disorders. Leu has worked with children in both 1 to 1 settings as well as in group settings.

Leu has experience providing both ABA and IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention), including Discrete Trail Teaching (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), and Verbal Behaviour (VB). She has also conducted behavioural assessments; using VB-MAPP and ABLLS-R assessment tools. Leu has worked with verbal and non-verbal children on all levels of the spectrum.

Leu has a passion for working with children and wants to make a difference in a child's life. Leu wants to achieve this by implementing individualized training plans and creating healthy relationships with clients. This will in turn increase behaviours that are helpful and decrease behaviours that are harmful or affect learning. Leu has entered this career path to help children become more independent individuals.

Leu speaks English and Albanian, and provides ABA Therapy Services in the Ottawa area.

Julie Bautista, B.A., SW/SSW, Behaviour Therapist

Julie has a diploma in Social Worker and Social Service Worker, from which she has 2 years combined professional training in the field for Mental Health. Julie is also hard of hearing. She has worked in a facility as well Residential Homes where she treated individuals and their families with addictions and mental health, supporting families with loved ones who are dual diagnosed with ADHD, Szophreniac, ASD, etc.

Julie has assisted children who were diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, OCD and used Coping CAT strategies that assisted with anxiety and Behavioural issues. Julie has since combined her interest of Social Work and Autism. she has worked in the field as ABA and IBI therapist while working towards obtaining her RBT certification.

She has worked with children from ages 2-12, working both 1:1 as well as working effectively with families. Julie believes that Social Workers/ABA Therapists are also critical in finding the appropriate resources to support the family unit.

Julie's knowledge and expertise in social, emotional and behavioural situations are great qualities that she offers. Julie also brings extensive knowledge of the deaf and hard of hearing community, as she is hard of hearing herself.

Julie is fluent in ASL, and provides ABA Therapy services in King City, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan.

Jennifer Parrott, Behaviour Therapist

Jennifer (Jennie) obtained her Educational Assistance diploma from Conestoga College, and she also studied Social Work at the University of Waterloo. Jennie has level 1 and 2 Autism Intervener through the Geneva Center in Toronto. She comes with many years of autism experience. Jennie is a passionate individual who has experience implementing ABA therapy with children who have been diagnosed with ASD. She has worked with mainly children from nonverbal to high functioning and also high behavioral.

Jennie provides ABA Therapy services in the Kitchener and Guelph regions.

Liana La Rocca, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Liana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on child development at the University of Guelph. Her long term goal is to continue working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other exceptionalities in various settings. Liana has worked with children for over 11 years and has been working with children with special needs since 2018. She has worked in home, school and clinical settings.

Liana entered this career path to help children help themselves and become independent individuals. Her favourite part of the job is seeing the progress her clients have made and their reactions when they complete a difficult task for the first time.

Liana provides ABA Therapy services in the Kitchener area.

Megan Pittman, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Megan has always had a passion to work with children, but it particularly grew when she began working as a one to one camp counsellor during the summer. After four years, she was promoted to the Assistant Unit head of the special needs unit at the camp. Megan received her Bachelors of Arts Undergrad in Psychology at the University of Guelph in 2019, and a certification in the foundations of CBT from Adler.

Megan continued to use the skills she obtained from working with exceptional children as well as the knowledge she obtained in her undergrad in the ABA field as a behaviour therapist for 2 years. Megan has experience working with children diagnosed across the ASD spectrum, ADHD, OCD, anxiety and ODD in private schools and in home therapy settings. She continues to strive for the best possible ABA Therapy experience for her clients.

Megan provides ABA Therapy services in the Durham Region.

Abir Omar, Behaviour Therapist

Abir obtained her Social Service Work diploma and has been providing support and direct care with children with complex needs. Her experience includes but not limited to children with physical, cognitive, behavioural, and learning needs. Abir has also been teaching modified educational curriculum based on clients needs and providing support in learning life skills. Working with children and youth in group home settings, centre based and home clients; Abir is passionate and dedicated Social Service Worker that specializes in providing support and teaching clients fundamental skills in a safe and fun environment.

Abir worked with children and youth ages 3-16 years old on the spectrum, as well as, dual diagnosis. Facilitating daily activities according to physical capabilities and clients’ interest. Applying instructional and therapeutic skill development to children and youth while still maintaining a positive and welcoming session.

Abir provides ABA Therapy Services in Scarborough and Pickering.

Stephanie Villano, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Stephanie graduated from York University with a degree in Health Studies and from Humber College with a postgraduate degree in Mental Health and Addictions. She has experience working with children on the spectrum and working in 1:1 sessions as well as group sessions. She has worked with verbal and non-verbal children on all levels of the spectrum.

Stephanie is trained in different communication devices such as PECS, ProLoQuo2Go and LAMP. She has completed her 40 hour RBT training is CPI certified.

Stephanie is a passionate individual that believes that building healthy relationships with children and their families will contribute to their overall learning experience. While working in the ABA field, she has implemented different teaching strategies such as Discrete Trial Training, Naturalistic Training, and Token Economy. She has taught in many different learning categories including communication, gross motor skills, academics, and self-help.

Stephanie provides ABA Therapy services in Brampton, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Richmond Hill, and Markham.

Awadis Khshvadjian, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Awadis completed his Bachelor's degree in Behavioural Analysis at George Brown College, in addition to his Bachelor's Degree in Management. He has worked both within and outisde of Canada with children and youth with behavioural challenges from ages 3-18. He has worked in different settings, like schools, the community, and in-home settings, providing support for the families and their children in areas such as: self-help skills, communication, and academic performance.

With over eight years of experience working in the field with special needs and children on the spectrum, Awadis has had the opportunity to provide services for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in group homes, day programs, and respites.

Awadis has experience performing duties such as developing individualized personal plans, providing direct support, and conducting community outings.

He speaks English, Armenian, Turkish and Arabic, and believes in an inclusive and robust community where all members can freely contribute to build a healthy environment for learning.

Awadis provides ABA Therapy services in Scarborough and North York.

Annie Yuan, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Annie is a Psychology graduate from York University. She has over 10 years experience in working with children with ASD and ADD/ADHD as well as other developmental delays, both in classrooms and one-on-one settings.

She has had training on various ways to enhance the social, academic and life skills of individuals on the spectrum using ABA techniques. These include Discrete Trial Training, various ways to enhance the communication skills of nonverbal children using picture exchange communication system (PECS) and Proloquo2Go.

Annie believes every child is unique, her goal is to assist the child to a better quality of life.

Annie speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin and provides ABA Therapy services in Stouffville, Pickering, Markham, Richmond Hill area.

Pallavi Saini, Behaviour Therapist

Pallavi is a graduate from Sheridan College's Early Childhood Education program, and is currently at York University pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Palavi has worked with the paediatric population for many years. She is a passionate individual who has experience providing ABA therapy for children who are diagnosed with ASD, having worked with children who are both non-verbal, and high functioning.

Pallavi provides ABA therapy services in Brampton and Woodbridge.

Jessica Viola, B.A., Hons, Behaviour Therapist

Jessica Viola has an Honours Bachelor in Child Deveolpment Degree, in addition to her Early Childhood Education Diploma and a Certificate in Mental Health Intervention.

Jessica is an empathetic and a passionate ABA therapist who is dedicated to increasing the developmental trajectory of children with an autism spectrum disorder using the principles of applied behavior analysis to improve their quality of life. She has extensive experience working with children and also is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She conducts 1:1 in-person therapy and provides support for the families and their children with disabilities.

Jessica speaks fluent English and provides ABA Therapy services in Vaughan, Ontario.

Alison Marshall, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Alison graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then went on to obtain a post-graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science through Conestoga College where she graduated with high distinction.

Alison currently works both as an Educational Assistant for the Waterloo Region District School Board and as a Behaviour Therapist. Through both her volunteer and work experience she has had the opportunity to work with children of various ages who are facing an array of difficulties across diverse settings. As a result, she has a great deal of experience with augmentative communication and behaviour management techniques. Alison strives to make a positive and lasting impact on all of her clients and their families.

Alison provides ABA therapy services throughout the Waterloo region.

Amber Reesor, Behaviour Therapist

Amber is graduate of the Child and Youth Care program from Sheridan College. She has work and placement experience supporting those with autism, physical disabilities and ever-changing personal education needs. She has experience supporting children and youth of various ages in classroom, home and community settings.

Amber supports students with autism spectrum disorder by creatively connecting and building meaningful relationships to provide them a safe environment to enhance their learning and knowledge. Her work experience has taught her to be flexible and adapt to complex situations. She enjoys communicating with others and helping them succeed in accomplishing their goals.

Amber provies ABA Therapy services in the Stouffville and Vaughan areas.

Anastasia LoRi, B.Sc., Behaviour Therapist

Anastasia has an Honours Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University, with a specialization in Mental Health. She also recently completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Youth Justice & Interventions at Durham College. She has 2 years of experience working with verbal and non-verbal children, youth and adults on the spectrum; in centers as well as 1:1 sessions.

Anastasia holds certificates in Mental Health First Aid, CPI, SMG Crisis Intervention, CPR (Level C) and First Aid. She is very passionate about working with children and using the principles of ABA to improve life outcomes. She is currently working towards becoming RBT certified and hopes to pursue her graduate studies to become a clinical psychologist.

Anastasia is fluent in English, French and Russian.

Anastasia provides ABA Therapy Services in the Mississauga region.

Kandice Lynn, M.A., Behaviour Therapist

Kandice is a recent graduate from Yorkville University, with a Master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has 3 years of experience working with children and adolescents with ASD, ADHD/ADD, and PDD.

Kandice has experience working with children from the ages of 3-18. She has had the opportunity to work with children in clinical, home, community, and school settings. She has great experience working 1:1 with children and also has experience working with children in groups. Kandice has had training in implementing applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, as well as behavior management strategies. She has implemented programs including targets focusing on self-help skills, academic skills, and communication.

She also has experience in teaching picture-exchange communication system (PECS) and proloquo2go.

Kandice provides ABA therapy services in the Mississauga region.

Arathy Vethakiri, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Arathy is a graduate of Carleton University's Psychology program, and has worked in field of ABA for 2 years. She has experience working with diverse populations, such as children with high to low functioning and dual diagnosis. She is specifically adept at empathically communicating and performing therapy in a supportive environment.

Arathy is passionate about positively impacting children's lives.

Arathy speaks English and Tamil, and provides ABA Therapy Services in Scarborough.

Karly Tripp, Behaviour Therapist

Karly graduated from the Educational Support Program at Sheridan College in 2016 and the Autism Behavioral Sciences Program in 2017.

Both of those programs provided her with valuable tools and resources to support students and assist them in reaching their goals. Karly is passionate about her work and loves to help kids reach their potential and set them up for success.

Karly provides ABA Therapy services in the Waterdown, Burlington and Hamilton areas.