Cynthia (Cindy) Harrison, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO – Speech Language Pathologist, Co-founder of ACT
Cindy is a Speech Language Pathologist and co-founder of ACT’S sister company, CommuniCare Therapy. Cindy’s area of clinical focus is the provision of assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, global developmental delays. Cindy holds a post graduate certificate in DIR/Floortime, has completed the Advanced Training in the Early Start Denver Model, and is a trainer for The Play Project. Cindy also has experience with PROMPT, and Hanen.
Cindy is Senior Faculty for Profectum, a New Jersey based international online learning organization that specializes in offering post graduate training in the Developmental Individual Difference (DIR/Floortime) model for clinicians wishing to work with children, youth and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities. Cindy is currently teaching in Profectum’s Training Program educating occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, educators and physicians in the use of the DIR model in their practice settings. Cindy is a well-known public speaker who trains and educates clinicians and parents in North America and abroad.
Cindy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Vermont. She is very active in her community and serves on a number of boards and community associations. Cindy lives in Ottawa with her husband, Don, her two children (her youngest is on the autism spectrum) and their two disobedient Bernedoodles.
Yvonne Bateman, M.Sc. Reg. CASLPO, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
Yvonne is a Speech Language Pathologist and co-owner of ACT’s sister company CommuniCare Therapy. She holds B.A. Honours in Psychology/Linguistics from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Vermont. She is certified to practice both in Canada and the United States.
Yvonne is an experienced clinician specializing in assessment and ongoing consultation regarding receptive and expressive language development to children presenting with a wide variety of global development delays and disorders including autism spectrum, intellectual disabilities and cortical vision impairment. Yvonne specializes in prelinguistic skills and early language development. She has vast experience with AAC intervention and using technology for learning and language development. Yvonne also has extensive experience consulting on early oral motor development and feeding skills.
Yvonne provides regular consultation to parents, caregivers and educators regarding ways to embed communication goals into daily life in order to expand a child’s opportunity to practice his/her skills in familiar environments and situations. She has experience with a variety of treatment approaches including HANEN and PROMPT and has participated in introductory workshops about PODD. She also provides regular consultation regarding augmentative and alternative communication using a variety of low tech and high tech devices for communication and learning.
Emily Harris, MPEd., BCBA
Emily Harris is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and ACT’s Clinical Supervisor. She has over 10 years of experience working with children and youth on the autism spectrum. She graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Psychology and completed a Masters of Professional Education with a concentration in Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of Western Ontario.
Her clinical area of focus is in evidence-based early intervention for children on the Autism Spectrum. She also has a special interest in comprehensive ABA programming, verbal behaviour therapy, and functional communication training. Emily has completed the advanced workshop for the Early Start Denver Model and has experience delivering ABA/IBI services in the home, school, and in centre-based programs.
Jocelyne Boileau, HSocSc, Major in Psy
Jocelyne Boileau is our Director of Operations, Certified ESDM therapist and French Senior Therapist at ACT Learning Centre. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2009 with an Honors degree in Social Science with a major in both psychology and criminology. Upon graduation, she immediately began her work in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy. Jocelyne has extensive experience working as a senior ABA therapist in the Ottawa area. Over the past decade, Jocelyne has continued to further her knowledge in the field by completing courses, workshops and training in the field of autism. Jocelyne has recently completed the Advanced Early Start Denver Model training and is eager to apply her new found knowledge to families with young children diagnosis with autism spectrum disorder or developmental delays or disabilities.
Jocelyne is fluent in both French and English and has extensive experience in the development of personalized individual intervention plans for children and youth and their families in both official languages. Jocelyne can assess children and develop intervention program with the use of ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, RDI and ESDM.
Rebecca Nishimura, MSc(A), Speech Language Pathologist Reg. CASLPO
Rebecca Nishimura is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the province of Ontario. She graduated with a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University in 2019. Since then, Rebecca has worked primarily with pre-schoolers and school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders and receptive/expressive language difficulties. She emphasizes finding meaningful ways to target communication with her clients by including their interests and using therapy activities that mirror real-life needs as much as possible. Rebecca provides direct therapy and consultation to support children’s communication skills across settings and modalities.
Caitlin Lacelle, M.Sc.(OT) Occupational Therapist
Caitlin is a registered Occupational Therapist with the province of Ontario. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McGill University in 2009 and her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University in 2011. Caitlin has spent the majority of her clinical career working with the pediatric population, in the school, community and clinic settings. She has provided consultation and direct therapy to address a wide range of physical, cognitive and sensory-based issues.
Caitlin has extensive experience in assessment and intervention with children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders and developmental delays. Caitlin has completed the Professionals Certificate in the DIR/Floortime Model and the advanced workshop for the Early Start Denver Model. She has specialized training in feeding therapy, sensory processing and play based therapy.
Gulshan Chahal, BCBA, M.ADS
Gulshan is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has been working in the field of ABA since 2015. In 2017, Gulshan graduated from Brock University with a Masters of Applied Disability Studies with a Specialization in ABA. The following year, Gulshan obtained her BCBA. She has also completed the advanced workshop for the Early Start Denver Model.
Since starting her career, Gulshan has worked with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder both as a therapist and in a supervisory role. She is highly experienced with conducting assessments to identify areas of need and implementing individualized programming to help children achieve meaningful change in their lives. Gulshan guides her practice by relying on evidenced-based principles, taking the time to connect with children and their families, and continually seeking ways to learn and grow.
Amanda Black, BA. Honor Behavioral Psychology
Amanda graduated in 2010 with an honours degree in Behavioural Psychology. Her undergraduate research was presented at the ABAJam and ONTABA conferences in 2009 and 2010. For over a decade she has worked in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis with children, adolescents, and adults on the Autism Spectrum. Amanda has taught a wide variety of skills to her learners and holds a particular interest in functional assessment and analysis of problem behaviour. She recently completed the course sequence for the Board-Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst Certification and is looking forward to writing the final exam in the Spring of 2021. Amanda has experience and training in IBI, ABA, ESDM, and the Zones of Regulation.
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