Meet our exceptional team of Instructor Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, to be announced soon, and welcome our new, Associate Clinical Supervisor, BCBA! Profile to be updated soon!
Shining Stars Support Services knows selecting the most knowledgeable, caring and flexible Instructor Therapists will ease a parent’s trust and confidence and ultimately boost their child’s academic and social successes. Shining Stars places importance and ensures student-therapist rapport is present to make the instructional process comfortable, enjoyable and productive for the student. Shining Stars works with therapists who know and understand Autism Spectrum Disorder, varying behavioural approaches to extinguish and reduce behavioural challenges and can facilitate methods of Applied Behavioural Analysis, when needed. Shining Stars ensures the student is comfortable in their learning environment and has a positive relationship with the adult in their care.
Shining Stars is also excited to announce the welcoming of our new Clinical Supervisor, BCBA to our team! Please contact us for more information on our Clinical Supervisor.
Rania Ghobrial, BA (Hons.), C.Y.W.
My advanced education began at Ryerson University where I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) specializing in Disability Studies. I received a Diploma (advanced standing) in Child and Youth Care from Humber College. I am a Certified Crisis Prevention Instructor and received my certification from the National Crisis Prevention Institute. I am also a blogger for the National Crisis Prevention Institute having contributed to the resources section for educators, namely an article on the importance of touch and its impact on an agitated student’s level of cognitive arousal. Additionally, I have been an active participant at a number of Geneva Centre conferences related to the learning needs, profiles and behavioural needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It has been my great privilege to provide 15+ years of service for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-morbid disorders for the Peel District School Board as an Educational Resource Facilitator. For the past eight years, I have worked on the Autism Resource Team for the Peel District School Board where I work collaboratively with teachers and para-professionals to better understand the learning profiles of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders, teach educators how environmental and instructional accommodations can enhance such students’ success. In this respect, I use various cognitive and behavioural assessment scales (Brigance Early Inventory of Developmental Skills, Assessment of Basic Language and Learning-Revised) to develop Individual Education and Positive Behavioural Intervention Plans with measureable goals. Working within a team of Psychologists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Teachers and Occupational Therapists, I am part of a Tier 2 Review Committee on which I advocate on behalf of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am a Certified Crisis Prevention Trainer and frequently train teachers and school administrators. The primary objectives of Crisis Prevention Training are: training staff with effective techniques in approaching and reducing the tension of an agitated person; focusing on the alternatives if a person loses control and becomes violent; instructing staff members in techniques to control their own anxieties during interventions and maintain the best possible professional attitude; and providing nonverbal, paraverbal, verbal and physical intervention skills to allow staff to maintain the best possible care and welfare, as well as safety and security, for all involved - even during the most violent moments .
I am a proprietor of Shining Stars Support Services for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Inc. Shining Stars Support Services incorporates methods of Applied Behavioural Analysis and provides in-home, centre and community-based instructional and behavioural support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-morbid disorders. Shining Stars assesses student’s learning needs and determines specific Cognitive Behavioural strategies and interventions to help students reach their full potentialities. Shining Stars works collaboratively with Occupational Therapists to assess a student’s sensory needs.
Erica Villabroza, BA
Erica’s genuine caring, creative and supportive response to the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder is evident in her conversations and natural approach to our Star students. Erica’s educational portfolio includes a Child Studies and Sociology Degree from McMaster University. Her experiences delivering Applied Behavioral Analysis are evident. In addition, Erica has completed certification in Sign Language, Tai Chi and recreational CPR and First Aid. Welcome to the team Erica!
Leanne Bonga, M.Ed, BA
Holding a Masters of Education, Leanne has taught for 28 years in Special Education schools, specializing in three major disciplines Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbances and Intellectual Disabilities. Her focus the first nine years was for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Leanne believes each child has the ability to learn and by providing the appropriate supports and stimulation, each child can reach their full potential. Welcome Leanne!
Julie Baker, B.Ed (Hons)
With 18+ years as a Special Education and in-school support teacher with the Peel District School Board, Julie brings her experiences and wealth of knowledge to Shining Stars Support Services. Julie taught in special education classrooms, supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities. Shining Stars is excited to welcome Julie to our team!
Rebecca Sousa, HBSc, MPEd, BCBA
After receiving her Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology and french studies from the University of Toronto, Rebecca found her passion in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and has never looked back. She then dedicated her time to pursue her aspirations of becoming a Senior Therapist by graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Master’s Degree in Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis. In addition, Rebecca is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).
Spending several years working as a Lead Instructor Therapist providing ABA Therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Rebecca is well-versed in facilitating assessments for children with ASD and collaborating with psychologists to proficiently develop behavioural interventions. Shining Stars welcomes Rebecca to the team!
Vanessa Graterol Maldonado, BA (ECE)
In addition to completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Vanessa completed her Behavioural Science diploma from Seneca College. Evident in her direct work with Shining Star students and Vanessa’s previous experiences supporting students with Special Education needs, her energy and commitment in ensuring students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder achieve their full potential is always apparent. Shining Stars welcomes Vanessa as Instructor Therapist to the team!
Christina Gocek BA (Psychology – in progress), RBT
Lead Instructor Therapist
Christina’s passion for supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related behavioural difficulties began in 2008, where she provided Intensive Behavioural Intervention and Applied Behavioural Analysis to children and youth with ASD. Intrigued by the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Christina enrolled in the Registered Behaviour Technician program and through her experiences at Erinoakkids, immersed herself in learning more about and mastering Direct Instruction, Fluency-Based Teaching, Precision Teaching, and Discrete Trial Teaching. She further mastered her skills in Incidental Teaching, manding, pairing, Picture Exchange Communication Systems, Proloquo2Go and various behavior contingencies. Shining Stars welcomes Christina to the team!
Laura Frias, BA (Psychology - in progress)
Laura received an Honours diploma in Behavioral Science from Seneca College and is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University. Her field placement opportunities at Surrey’s Place, while completing her Behavioral Science diploma at Seneca, lead her to fulfill a career as an Instructor Therapist. Her empathy and dedication to supporting the successes of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and understanding more about Applied Behavioral Analysis is evident. Welcome Laura to the team!
Kamille Santos, HBSc
Kamille joins Shining Stars as an Instructor Therapist. With over a year’s experience implementing Applied Behavioural Analysis for clients in individual and group settings, she has also assisted Senior Therapists with implementation of developmentally appropriate activities for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has maximized client independence in day to day activities and has been responsible for collecting extensive data to help support skill acquisition and mastery of skills. Shining Stars welcomes Kamille to the team!
Jennifer Tang, HBSc
Jennifer’s knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder is evident from her previous experience as a Program Assistant with Erinoakkids. Jennifer’s experiences include shadowing Instructor Therapists in the delivery of Assessments, baseline data and skill acquisition. In addition, she has assisted Instructor and Senior Therapists in the delivery of Applied Behavioural Analysis to students with various needs. Placing emphasis on open communication and wanting to grow professionally in the field of Applied Behavioural Analysis is an asset to Shining Stars. Welcome to the team Jennifer!
Wassim Moussa, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
With over 17 years as a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and as Lead of a Private Practice, Wassim has had the pleasure and delight to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, communication disorders and other related language difficulties. Wassim is a well-versed Speech and Language Pathologist and has worked with various communication needs of complex students and developmental disorders from childhood-adulthood. He has extensive experience in the delivery of assessments, therapy and intervention and consultative services. His kind, compassionate and calm nature is effective when supporting the communication and academic needs of students and collaborating with teaching teams. Shining Stars welcomes Wassim as Speech-Language Pathologist!
Kim Lai, ECE
Kim joins Shining Stars Support Services as an Instructor Therapist. After receiving her Early Childhood Education Diploma and Montessori Early Childhood diploma, it was children with Autism that drew her in. Having worked at Erinoakkids as an Instructor Therapist, Kim had the opportunity to be part of a team of therapists. Her knowledge and experiences supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder is evident when working with the clients. She has exhibited skills in pairing and manding, tracking and inputting data, managing behavioural issues, and communicating with parents in a professional manner. Shining Stars welcomes Kim to the team!
Najwa Warraich, BA, C.Y.W.
Najwa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from York University and a college diploma in Child and Youth Care from Centennial College. Najwa’s experiences with students with complex needs trails back to her work with Hopewell Children’s Homes where she supported youth with Autism and Developmental Disabilities in a residential environment. Najwa is committed to supporting and advocating for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Welcome Najwa to the team!
Kaitlin Bautista BA (Psychology)
Kaitlin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from McMaster University and is currently pursuing a Behavioural Science diploma from Humber College. Kaitlin’s experiences include working side by side and in collaboration with educators to support early learners. Kaitlin is quickly able to develop trust and a strong rapport with both colleagues and families in her care. Additionally she has created developmentally appropriate activities for children with complex learning needs. Shining Stars welcomes Kaitlin to the team!
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