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ABA TEAM

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.

Saghar Yousufzai, Behaviour Therapist, Masters in Disabilities Studies

Saghar is a recent graduate from the Masters in Disabilities studies program at Brock University and is currently working towards her BCBA certification. She has 6 years of experience providing behavioural services to individuals with developmental disabilities from the ages of 2-18 years old. She has extensive clinical experience providing assessment, consultation and treatment within a multidisciplinary team of service providers to provide the most effective treatment.

She has conducted staff and parent training sessions on specific behavioural protocols (i.e. positive reinforcement schedules, functional communication, preference assessments, behavioral intervention plans etc.) to ensure client success. She has worked in a variety of settings including; public and private schools, community outings, daycare, in-home and center.

She has many years of experience with alternative communication devices such as picture-exchange communication system (PECS) and proloquo2go. Sahar thoroughly enjoys providing individualized, client based behavioral services and believes this is the key to success in a learning environment.

Saghar provides services in the Durham region.

Shabna Shahim, B.Sc., Behaviour Therapist

Shabna obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at California State University Northridge, which she then followed by completing her Post-Graduate Certification in Autism and Behavioural Sciences at George Brown College. She has completed her 40 hour Registered Behaviour Technician training and is CPI certified.

Shabna is a highly passionate and motivated individual who has experience working as a behaviour therapist implementing ABA/IBI therapy on clients with ASD. She currently has training in Picture Exchange Communication, Play- Based Teaching, and Early Start Denver Model. Prior to being a behaviour therapist, Shabna worked as an assistant teacher where she gained her experience in the art of teaching not only effectively but creatively as well, working with pre-school and school-aged children.

Shabna provides behaviour therapy in Markham and Pickering.

Mikayla Costa, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Mikayla graduated with a degree in Child, Youth, and Family from the University of Guelph. Throughout her studies, she had multiple opportunities working with children and youth with varying disabilities in various settings.

Her primary experience includes working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, from mild to severe. Mikayla has also served individuals with mental health concerns or dual diagnoses, worked in public schools, alternative classrooms, and residential treatment facilities.

Mikayla is passionate about providing support and enhancing critical skills for children and youth with complex needs!

Mikayla provides services in Mississauga 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 services in the Mississauga region.

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 services in North York, Etobicoke and Downtown.

Brittany Gatzos, B.A. Hons, Behaviour Therapist

Brittany graduated from Carleton university with a degree in Psychology and a Specialization in Cognition. Throughout her studies, Brittany was educated about various disabilities and how each condition presents itself.

After graduation, Brittany went into the field of ABA and has extensive experience working with the paediatric population and children on the spectrum. She has experience working 1:1, in group settings and in different environments (centre-based, home-based, and community-based settings). She has worked with nonverbal and verbal children as well, using PECS and Alternative and Augmentative Communication applications. She is also learning American Sign Language and hopes to be fluent in the coming months.Brittany has completed her 40 hours of Registered Behavioural Technician training and is also trained in CPI.

Brittany provides ABA therapy in North York, Downtown Toronto, and in Richmond hill.

Fatma Ramadhan, Behaviour Therapist

Fatma obtained a diploma in Behavioral Science Technology from George Brown College. She is currently on her way to obtaining her RBT licence. Fatma is also CPI, CPR and First Aid certified.

Fatma has experience with children and adults with autism and various disabilities. Fatma is versed in ABA and IBI principles, and she goes beyond those principles to find creative ways to teach each individual's specific needs. She has experience in different settings such as centers, group homes, and schools.She also has experience with brain injury, gerentology and behavioral individuals.

Fatma will be providing services in Mississauga, Etobicoke and Brampton.

Brittany Dunlop, B.A., Behaviour Therapist

Brittany is currently completing the Behavioural Sciences Diploma Program at Seneca College. She has extensive experience working with children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including in 1:1, clinical, in-home and group settings. She has received extensive training in implementing Behavioural Therapy and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and has experience with Picture Exchange Communication Systems and Proloquo2Go. Brittany is working towards becoming fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). She has a passion for working with children and youth and is enthusiastic in helping them grow and learn. Brittany wants to obtain her Registered Behaviour Technician certificate and continue learning more in the field. She is looking forward to working at Speech Associates and furthering her career with us.

Brittany provides ABA therapy in Newmarket, Scarborough, Richmond Hill and Aurora.

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 in Toronto and Scarborough areas.

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 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 services in the Kitchener and Guelph regions.