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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.