Amanda Black

Position: BCaBA & ABA Manager
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

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, Amanda has worked in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis with children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum in various capacities. Amanda has taught a wide variety of skills to her learners and holds a particular interest in trauma-informed care. She recently obtained her BCaBA Certification and is looking forward to broadening her scope of practice and continuing her education. Amanda has experience and training in IBI, ABA, ESDM, Practical Functional Assessment, AIM, PEAK and the Zones of Regulation.

“What drew me to ACT was working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Being able to collaborate with other clinicians and professionals in the best interests of the clients is something I truly value.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ice cream!

What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas

Are you a morning person or a night-owl? 

Morning person

 

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Amanda Black

BCaBA & ABA Manager

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...

Brittany Tindall

Position: ABA Lead Behavioural Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Brittany has extensive experience working in childcare and has been working with children with ASD for over 10 years. Brittany uses both ESDM and ABA techniques to help her clients reach their full potential. She is an ESDM Senior Lead Team member working under the supervision of Jocelyne Boileau, a certified ESDM Therapist.

Brittany holds a Child and Youth Worker Advanced Diploma and an Autism and Behavioural Sciences Graduate Certificate. She has also completed an ESDM introductory course and is a Registered Behavioural Therapist.

“I work at ACT because of the multidisciplinary aspect and the professionals that I work and collaborate with on a daily basis.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Italy

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza

Are you a morning person or a night-owl? 

Night-owl

 

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Brittany Tindall

ABA Lead Behavioural Therapist

Brittany has extensive experience working in childcare and has been working with children with ASD for over 10 years. Brittany uses both ESDM and ABA...

Brooklyn Shrubsole

Position: Behavioural Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Brooklyn is a bilingual Behavioural Therapist at ACT. She holds a Psychology Undergraduate Honours Degree and has devoted her career to working with children with ASD. In her free time, Brooklyn loves to skateboard!

“I enjoy working with children and watching them learn and progress, so ACT Learning Centre has been a great fit for me. The Centre has fantastic programming to ensure the children are progressing in their learning, and multidisciplinary teams of professionals to make sure the children are receiving the different supports they may require.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Australia

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Axolotl

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sandwiches

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Brooklyn Shrubsole

Behavioural Therapist

Brooklyn is a bilingual Behavioural Therapist at ACT. She holds a Psychology Undergraduate Honours Degree and has devoted her career to working with children with...

Chenia Lobo

Position: Lead Behavioural Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Chenia has been working with children with ASD in the field of behavioural therapy for over five years. Chenia holds a Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Special Education from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Behaviour Technician.

“I am particularly interested in teaching meaningful skills to children who require higher support and I feel like ACT delivers just that. They gave me the opportunity to develop my skills as a therapist. I have learned so much since I began working here, working with different children and helping them with different needs. Joining the ACT team was a great step after university.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Crepes

What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas

Are you a morning person or a night-owl?

Morning person

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Chenia Lobo

Lead Behavioural Therapist

Chenia has been working with children with ASD in the field of behavioural therapy for over five years. Chenia holds a Bachelor of Psychology with...

Cielo Paraggua

Position: Instructor Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Cielo holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business from the University of Victoria, as well as an Associate of Arts: Psychology from Langara College. Cielo speaks three languages, English, Tagalog and Ilocano, and is First Aid Certified with CPR-C-AED.

“I like how ACT has a wide range of services. I am not only learning what I do as an Instructor Therapist, but I also get to collaborate with other professionals. Everyone is supportive of each other.”

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Parrot

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Porkchop

What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas

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Cielo Paraggua

Instructor Therapist

Cielo holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business from the University of Victoria, as well as an Associate of Arts:...

David Mauricio Cubides Dominguez

Position: BCBA
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

David is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst at ACT. David holds a Bachelor of Psychology, Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) en intervention comportementale auprès des personnes présentant un trouble du spectre de l’autisme (TSA), a Master in Education (Learning Design) and has completed a BCBA verified course sequence at Florida Institute of Technology. David also speaks English, French and Spanish.

David has worked with children diagnosed with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders for the past five years. He has spent most of his career working in early intervention. He has experience in assessment and intervention using the ESDM approach, and other evidence-based interventions based on naturalistic teaching strategies.

David also has experience with adolescents with severe problem behaviors, teaching functional communication training, using the Hanley approach. David has taught goals in a variety of settings such as schools (teaching IEP goals), agencies (teaching social peer groups) and home settings (teaching verbal behavior). David has also worked with non-verbal kids on how to communicate through PECS and speech generation devices.

“I work at ACT because I really enjoy the multidisciplinary approach, the team, the importance given to naturalistic teaching strategies and the growth opportunities.”

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?
Cheetah

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lasagna

What’s your favourite holiday?
Christmas

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David Mauricio Cubides Dominguez

BCBA

David is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst at ACT. David holds a Bachelor of Psychology, Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) en intervention comportementale auprès des personnes...

Elizabeth Runions

Position: Behavioural Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Elizabeth is a recent graduate and has joined the ACT team as an RBT. Elizabeth is fluent in English and French and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Elizabeth loves discovering new music and has been a pianist since she was four years old.

“I chose the ACT Learning Centre because I wanted to work at a place where they do meaningful and fulfilling work.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would love to visit Korea, I am a huge Kpop fan.

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

An otter!

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Poutine, Canada’s most iconic food

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Elizabeth Runions

Behavioural Therapist

Elizabeth is a recent graduate and has joined the ACT team as an RBT. Elizabeth is fluent in English and French and holds a Bachelor...

Emily Goodman, M.ADS

Position: Senior Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Emily started in the field of ABA in 2017. Emily began her career as an Instructor Therapist, transitioned to Lead Therapist and eventually to her current role, as a Senior Therapist. Her areas of interest include skill acquisition and behavioural skills training.

Emily holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience, as well as a Master of Applied Disability Studies specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) certification.

“I choose to work at ACT Learning Centre because of its supportive work environment, culture and opportunities for growth in the field. I hope to one day become a BCBA at ACT!”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Thailand and Singapore

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Quokka

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

McDonald’s Hamburger and Fries with a Coke

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Emily Goodman, M.ADS

Senior Therapist

Emily started in the field of ABA in 2017. Emily began her career as an Instructor Therapist, transitioned to Lead Therapist and eventually to her...

Emily Harris

Position: BCBA, Clinical Supervisor and member of Entry to School Supervisory Team
Categories: Behavioural Therapy, Entry to School

Emily is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst and has been working in the field for over a decade. She holds a Master of Professional Education from Western University. 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.

“I was one of the first employees hired at ACT and was excited to assist in opening a new clinic. I was interested in ACT’s vision of providing a variety of evidence-based therapy and working on a multi-disciplinary team.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza

What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas

Are you a morning person or a night-owl? 

Morning person

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Emily Harris

BCBA, Clinical Supervisor and member of Entry to School Supervisory Team

Emily is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst and has been working in the field for over a decade. She holds a Master of Professional Education from...

Gali Atias

Position: Instructor Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Gali holds a Bachelor of Psychology and has extensive experience working with children and youth. Gali has been working in the field of ABA since 2020.

“I began working at ACT because I wanted to work in a more multidisciplinary clinic. Seemed like such a positive environment full of great staff and kiddos.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pasta

What’s your favourite holiday?

Halloween

Are you a morning person or a night-owl?

Morning person

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Gali Atias

Instructor Therapist

Gali holds a Bachelor of Psychology and has extensive experience working with children and youth. Gali has been working in the field of ABA since...

Hala Slim

Position: Instructor Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Hala has been working as a special educator for over a decade. She has experience working with children and youth with learning, intellectual and cognitive disabilities to overcome their academic and behavioral challenges through assessments, one-to-one sessions and classroom settings. In addition to Specific Learning Disorders, Hala’s expertise covers a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, ODD and Williams syndrome.

Hala holds a Bachelor of Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Disability Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Learning Disabilities and Giftedness. Hala speaks English, French and Lebanese (Arabic).

“I chose to work at ACT as I wanted to shift from the inclusive schools’ settings to a workplace dedicated only to children with special needs, as well as getting to know the field of Autism from a new and in-depth perspective.”

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?
Fennec fox

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lasagna

What’s your favourite holiday?
Christmas

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Hala Slim

Instructor Therapist

Hala has been working as a special educator for over a decade. She has experience working with children and youth with learning, intellectual and cognitive...

Hayley Whalen

Position: Senior Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Hayley has been working with children for nearly a decade and has specialized in ABA since 2019. Hayley graduated from Trent University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education. She is currently working towards a Master of Applied Disability Studies at Brock University and is expected to graduate in 2023. Hayley enjoys spending her time with her golden retriever, Gus.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Bora Bora

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Monkey

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza

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Hayley Whalen

Senior Therapist

Hayley has been working with children for nearly a decade and has specialized in ABA since 2019. Hayley graduated from Trent University with a major...

Jordan Kelso

Position: Senior Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Jordan has been working with children and youth providing ABA services across different settings such as clinical settings, homes, schools and daycares since 2018. Her experience includes running assessments to identify areas of need and implementing individualized programming to help children achieve meaningful change in their lives using evidence-based principles. Jordan graduated from Carleton University with an undergraduate degree in psychology. She is currently working towards a Master of Disability Studies specializing in ABA and hopes to become a certified BCBA in 2023. Her favourite part of the day is the smile clients put on her face and watching them grow and learn.

“I chose to work at ACT due to its interdisciplinary team and a centre that allows me to grow and develop professionally. I enjoy the collaboration between different professionals and my colleagues and the fact that ACT is always trying to expand its services and provide children and families with opportunities outside of the box.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

New Zealand

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

sloth

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

mashed potatoes

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Jordan Kelso

Senior Therapist

Jordan has been working with children and youth providing ABA services across different settings such as clinical settings, homes, schools and daycares since 2018. Her...

Mackenzie Quain

Position: BCBA, Lead Program and Development
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Mackenzie graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2015 with a Bachelor of Psychology. She continued her educated at the University of Western and achieved a Master of Professional Education with a Specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Mackenzie became a BCBA in 2020 and holds certifications in AIM and VB-MAPP, as well as level 4 PFB/SBT.

Mackenzie has been working with children with ASD for over 10 years. She has experience as an Instructor Therapist, Senior Therapist and Supervising Senior Therapist. In her spare time, Mackenzie runs a study prep program for individuals getting ready to write their BCBA exams. The program is called Study CABA (Study “Canadian Applied Behaviour Analysis”).

Mackenzie is extremely passionate about trauma-informed approaches to treating dangerous behaviour, developing individualized program goals, collaborating with other professionals and the training and supervision of staff.

“The multidisciplinary approach really stood out to me when I was considering employment at ACT. There are very few (if any) other providers in the Ottawa area that provide access to ABA, Speech and Occupational Therapy all under the same roof and within the same funding model. It is something that really sets ACT apart from other organizations and makes me very proud to be a part of it!”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Greece!

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Penguin! I don’t really know why, but they have always been my favourite animal!

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Anything Italian

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Mackenzie Quain

BCBA, Lead Program and Development

Mackenzie graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2015 with a Bachelor of Psychology. She continued her educated at the University of Western and achieved...

Marie Cybelle Haramahoro

Position: Lead Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Marie Cybelle speaks Kirundi, English and French and has experience working with children and young adults with ASD in many different environments. Marie also holds a Diplôma en Intervention Au près des personnes ayant un handicape.

“I work at ACT because the vision and values of the company, agree with the ideal environment in which I wanted to share my experience.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fruit

What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas

Are you a morning person or a night-owl? 

Morning person

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Marie Cybelle Haramahoro

Lead Therapist

Marie Cybelle speaks Kirundi, English and French and has experience working with children and young adults with ASD in many different environments. Marie also holds...

Melissa Hughes

Position: BCBA
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Melissa began her career in the field of ABA in 2016. She holds a Master of Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and completed her certification as a BCBA upon joining the ACT team. Melissa enjoys collaborating with other professionals and using evidence-based interventions to assist young clients as they transition into the school system. When Melissa isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two teenage children and her wild Bernedoodle!

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sushi

What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas

Are you a morning person or a night-owl?

Night-owl

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Melissa Hughes

BCBA

Melissa began her career in the field of ABA in 2016. She holds a Master of Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis...

Mikaela Graf

Position: Assistant Clinic Manager/Lead Behavioural Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Mikaela started in the field in 2020 and joined the ACT team in February 2021. Mikaela holds an Honours Bachelor of Child Studies and a minor in Psychology. In October 2021, she completed her Registered Behavioural Technician (RBT) certification. She offers ABA and ESDM therapy to help children and youth achieve meaningful changes in their lives. She enjoys running, teaching her dog (Loki) new tricks and planning her next trip to Disney World

“ACT gave me the opportunity to continue to work and learn alongside a multi-disciplinary team, offering novel strategies and recommendations to better the lives of the clients I care for.”

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Giraffe

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Bacon

What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas

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Mikaela Graf

Assistant Clinic Manager/Lead Behavioural Therapist

Mikaela started in the field in 2020 and joined the ACT team in February 2021. Mikaela holds an Honours Bachelor of Child Studies and a...

Nathalie Khouzam

Position: Senior Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Nathalie has been working with children with a variety of special learning needs such as autism, ADHD and dyslexia since 2016. She became a Senior Therapist in 2021 and has gained experience in parent consultation, program development and supervision, therapist training and implementing behaviour interventions. She also gained training and experience in ESDM and has a special interest in natural environment teaching. Nathalie speaks both English and Arabic. She holds a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master of Professional Education specializing in ABA from the University of Western Ontario. Nathalie is also currently pursuing her BCBA certification. In her spare time, Nathalie enjoys painting, cooking and exploring new cities!

“I chose ACT because I’m excited to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team. I believe that being a part of a diverse team allows us to share our knowledge and expertise to provide a holistic therapy approach.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Brazil

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Monkey

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sushi

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Nathalie Khouzam

Senior Therapist

Nathalie has been working with children with a variety of special learning needs such as autism, ADHD and dyslexia since 2016. She became a Senior...

Nicole Therrien, M.ADS, RBT

Position: Behavioural Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Nicole is a Registered Behaviour Technician with extensive experience working with children with ASD. Nicole holds an Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology from St. Lawrence College, as well as a Master of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Brock University. Nicole enjoys crafting and currently has many works in progress including a beaded rose and a blanket of all her Guiding badges.

“I started as a placement student at ACT in the final year of my master’s degree. During this time, I received many opportunities to practice the skills that I had learned in my undergraduate and graduate studies. Right from the beginning, I was welcomed by everyone and made to feel part of the team. Whether I was shadowing behavioural therapists on the floor, learning to implement client programs with clients or working on my practicum assignments, I always felt supported and knew that there was always someone that I could turn to if I needed help.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Curried Chicken Rice Soup

What’s your favourite holiday?

It’s a tie between Halloween and Star Wars Day (I’m counting it as a holiday!).

Are you a morning person or a night-owl? 

Morning person

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Nicole Therrien, M.ADS, RBT

Behavioural Therapist

Nicole is a Registered Behaviour Technician with extensive experience working with children with ASD. Nicole holds an Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology from St. Lawrence...

Olivia Awe

Position: Instructor Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious with a minor in Anthropology, as well as a Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma. Olivia has previous experience in social-emotional skill groups and community mental health.

“I work at ACT because it’s a very supportive environment and ACT is a wonderful place for me to learn and develop my skills working with youth.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Peru

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Panda

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sushi

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Olivia Awe

Instructor Therapist

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious with a minor in Anthropology, as well as a Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma. Olivia has...

Robyn Chaput

Position: Instructor Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy, Entry to School

Robyn is an Instructor Therapist with over four years of experience working with children with disabilities and 16 years of experience working with adults with a variety of disabilities. Robyn holds a Diploma of Recreation and Leisure as well as a Registered Behaviour Therapy certificate.

In her spare time, Robyn enjoys spending time with her children, walking her dogs and playing soccer.

“ACT Learning Centre is an inspirational company that is doing amazing things for children on the spectrum, and I am excited to be a part of such an inspiring team.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Figi

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?
Monkey

What’s your favourite holiday?
Christmas

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Robyn Chaput

Instructor Therapist

Robyn is an Instructor Therapist with over four years of experience working with children with disabilities and 16 years of experience working with adults with...

Sarah Toupin, CYW

Position: Lead Registered Behaviour Therapist & Assistant to the Director
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Sarah is a Registered Behaviour Therapist who has over five years of experience working with children in a variety of educational settings. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Psychology from Carleton University and a Child and Youth Work Diploma from Algonquin College.

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Jaguar

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Grilled Cheese & Bacon

Are you a morning person or a night-owl?

Night-owl

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Sarah Toupin, CYW

Lead Registered Behaviour Therapist & Assistant to the Director

Sarah is a Registered Behaviour Therapist who has over five years of experience working with children in a variety of educational settings. Sarah holds a...

Taylor Orchard

Position: Lead ABA Therapist
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Taylor is the Lead ABA therapist at ACT. Taylor holds a diploma in Autism and Behavioural Sciences and is a Registered Behaviour Technician. Taylor is also currently working towards a Bachelor of Psychology.

Taylor has been in the field of ABA for six years. Throughout his experience, he has worked with a variety of different aged clients, implementing programs from ABLLS-R, AFLLS and ESDM curriculums.

“I work at ACT because there are great therapists to work alongside, and opportunities to develop and further my skills as a therapist.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Iceland

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?
Capuchin Monkey or Penguin

What’s your favourite holiday?
Summer Solstice

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Taylor Orchard

Lead ABA Therapist

Taylor is the Lead ABA therapist at ACT. Taylor holds a diploma in Autism and Behavioural Sciences and is a Registered Behaviour Technician. Taylor is...

Victoria Wilson

Position: Lead Therapist, Registered Behaviour Technician, Placement Student Supervisor,
Categories: Behavioural Therapy

Victoria has been working in the autism community for over six years. She started her career by working at autism summer camps and quickly fell in love with it. She then began studying ABA and working toward her Autism Support Worker Certification, while working as an Educational Assistant. In 2018, she began working as an Instructor Therapist and is now a Lead Therapist at ACT. She also supervises and trains placement students from different colleges across the province.

Victoria speaks English and American Sign Language. In her free time, she loves to snowboard, paddleboard and skateboard!

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Anywhere in the Mediterranean.

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Elephant

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Potatoes. Fries, chips, hash browns, sweet potatoes the possibilities are endless!

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Victoria Wilson

Lead Therapist, Registered Behaviour Technician, Placement Student Supervisor,

Victoria has been working in the autism community for over six years. She started her career by working at autism summer camps and quickly fell...

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