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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.

Jayti Dutt, Behaviour Therapist

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

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

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.

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.

Christina Stecyk, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts, is certified in autism and behavioural science, and is currently finishing a master’s degree in counselling psychology. She has been working in the field of ABA for the last ten years and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children.

She is experienced in providing one on one therapy, group therapy, parent coaching, and virtual therapy within schools, centres, and homes. She is experienced in multiple styles of teaching including DTT, ESDM, and NET, and is knowledgeable of many assessment tools. She is always delighted to work with parents to achieve family and child goals.

Christina provides ABA therapy services in Toronto and Etobicoke.

Justin Pietzsch, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Justin is a recent graduate from Humber College, with a bachelor's degree in behavioural science. Throughout his studies and work experience, he has had the opportunity to work with children & adolescents living with various disabilities, within community, clinical, and in-home settings.

Justin's primary experience involves working with children living with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a one-on-one setting. Teaching within various learning domains including communication, academic, motor, and community skills, with an emphasis on behavioural management techniques.

He's also had the opportunity to work with non-verbal clients who utilize alternative communication devices such as picture-exchange communication system (PECS) and proloquo2go.

Justin provides ABA Therapy services in the Mississauga region.

Ranjeeta Jagoowani, B.A. Hons., Behaviour Therapist

Ranjeeta is a Honour’s graduate from the Early Childhood Education and Advanced Studies in Special Needs Program from Humber College. Being extremely passionate about her career choice, she has 5+ years of experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum, and with disabilities within Respite services, with a primary focus on ABA/IBI Therapy. She has also conducted 1:1 therapy service with children and their families.

Whether it be a big or small impact, she has a deep passion for making a difference in a child’s life. Having worked in both home and school settings, she believes that a child’s education is limitless and consistently strives to be a positive influence for the child and their home. As her motto goes; don’t DIS the ability as each’s child ability is indescribable.

Ranjeeta is currently in the process of completing her RBT Behaviour Technician course, as she always seeks ways to learn on how she can become a better educator.

Ranjeeta provides ABA Therapy services in Downtown Toronto.

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.

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.

Saira Aly Khan, B.A., RBT, Behaviour Therapist

Saira graduated from Florida International University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in education. She has 5+ years experience working with children with disabilities and children on the autism spectrum. ​Having worked in a number of settings including; public schools, aftercare, in-home and clinic centers, she believes that there should be no stone left unturned to improve the everyday quality of any individual. Saira has had the honor of witnessing the progress of many children from different backgrounds and on different ends of the spectrum. She strives to be a positive light for families and clients in need.

Saira speaks fluent English, Urdu, Hindi and intermediate spanish and provides ABA Therapy services in the St. Catharines and Niagara region.

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.

Lesley Kellar, Behaviour Therapist

Lesley is a Social Service Worker graduate (honours) from Sheridan College, also obtaining her Educational Assistant Certificate from Conestoga College. She is currently working to complete her RBT training. Lesley has 12+ years experience with 8+ of those working in professional settings. Lesley has worked with children and adults with diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD/ADD, FASD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and PICA.

Lesley has worked in group home settings, respite care and 1:1 support, with exposure to individuals with aggressive behaviour resulting in high stress situations. She thrives with supporting individuals who require ongoing support to help decrease aggressive behaviour towards themselves and others. She believes with her ability to move pass the fear of aggression she can help these individuals succeed. Lesley has experience implementing Behaviour Support Plans as well as ABA therapy to group home residents.

She has experience with picture-exchange communication system (PECS) and proloquo2go. She continues to find ways to gain new knowledge and experience when opportunities present themselves.

Lesley provides ABA Services in Guelph and Missisauga regions.

Lorreine Guese, Behaviour Therapist

Lorreine completed her Behavioural Sciences Diploma at Seneca College. During her co-op program, she gained experience working in a school setting and with students aged 13-21 years old. Lorreine has 2 years of experience implementing the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) with individuals in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Downs Syndrome, and other developmental delays. She has experience working 1:1 therapy and group therapy with children ages 2-9 years old in the spectrum in a school setting, center-based, and home base setting. Lorreine has a wide variety of ABA and IBI experience, including Discrete Trail Teaching (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), and Verbal Behaviour (VB). She is also skilled assessing clients using VB-MAPP and ABLLS-R assessment tools. Lorreine has worked with verbal and non-verbal children on all levels of the spectrum.

Lorreine is trained in different communication devices such as PECS and ProLoQuo2Go. She has completed her 40 hour RBT training and is working towards her RBT certification. Lorreine is passionate about building healthy relationships with her clients and teaching each one the life skills they need to reach their full potential.

Lorreine provides ABA Therapy services in Scarborough and North York.

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.

Kaley Pepin, B.A. Hons., Behaviour Therapist

Kaley graduated from her B.A. (hons.) in Psychology with Honour Cum Laude from Laurentian University. She is currently working towards her Master in Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at Brock University. She has a passion for learning and furthering her knowledge of the theory and principles behind ABA. As someone who enjoys learning herself, she always tries to incorporate her clients’ own unique interests and skills into each session.

Kaley has experience working 1:1 with children 2 to 12 years old, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, global developmental delay, anxiety, pica and down syndrome. She has worked with verbal and non-verbal children and has experience implementing PECS and functional communication training. Her background has focused on facilitating the development of social skills, life skills, fine and gross motor skills, emotional regulation, as well as academic skills by implementing a modified Ontario curriculum. She has experience providing ABA services in home-based, center-based and daycare settings. She is also CPI certified.

Kaley provides ABA services in the Mississauga, Milton, Oakville and Burlington area.

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.

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.

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.