Caitlin Lacelle

Position: Director of Occupational Therapy and Entry to School
Categories: Entry to School, Leadership, Occupational Therapy

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 a Master 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.

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Caitlin Lacelle

Director of Occupational Therapy and Entry to School

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...

Cynthia (Cindy) Harrison, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

Position: Speech Language Pathologist, Co-founder of ACT
Categories: Leadership

Cindy is a Speech Language Pathologist and co-founder of ACT Learning Centre and 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, and is the only Master Trainer for The Play Project in Canada.

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.

What is your favourite holiday?

Christmas. I love everything about it but most of all spending time with family and friends.

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

Do dogs and horses count as exotic?

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

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life and not suffer any health related consequences it would be a really, really great burger!

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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.

Jocelyne Boileau

Position: Director of Operations
Categories: Leadership
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? : Bora Bora

Jocelyne is the Director of Operations, Certified ESDM therapist and French Senior Therapist at ACT Learning Centre.

Jocelyne graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2009 with an Honours 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. Jocelyne has extensive experience working as a senior ABA therapist in the Ottawa area. Jocelyne has continued to further her knowledge in the field by completing a series of professional development training.

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 programs with the use of ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, RDI and ESDM.

“I work at ACT because I strongly believe in a holistic approach when it comes to finding a well-rounded program that will best meet the client’s needs. Collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team ensures a comprehension intervention plan for our clients.”

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?
Koala Bear

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Haitian meal called Fritay (fried plantains, pikliz, fried goat/chicken/fish)

 

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Jocelyne Boileau

Director of Operations

Jocelyne is the Director of Operations, Certified ESDM therapist and French Senior Therapist at ACT Learning Centre. Jocelyne graduated from the University of Ottawa in...

Rebecca Nishimura

Position: Director of Speech-Language Pathology and the PLAY Project
Categories: Leadership, PLAY Project, Speech-Language Therapy

Rebecca Nishimura is the director of Speech-Language Pathology and the PLAY Project. She is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the province of Ontario. Since graduating with a Master of Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University in 2019, Rebecca has worked primarily with preschoolers 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.

“I work at ACT because I love collaborating with and learning from other disciplines. I feel like I learn something new every day!”

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

Raspberries

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

Japan

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

Red Panda

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Rebecca Nishimura

Director of Speech-Language Pathology and the PLAY Project

Rebecca Nishimura is the director of Speech-Language Pathology and the PLAY Project. She is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the province of Ontario. Since graduating...

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