Meet our exceptional team of Instructor Therapists and welcome Kay Narula, Associate Clinical Director, 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. We work 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 Kay Narula Clinical Director, BCBA to our team! Profile to be updated soon.
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!
Melina Vrysellas, BA
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, a certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science and a certified Developmental, Individual-differences and Floortime provider, Melina’s knowledge and skills serve an asset to our Star students. Melina has and is currently supporting students with various exceptionalities in the Peel District School Board. She has worked diligently to support teachers in working with students facing a range of academic and personal challenges. Working at the primary, junior and secondary level, she has honed her ability to help students with assignments, track student progress, modify activities and prepare lesson plans. Furthermore, Melina possess creativity and motivation and will make an exceptional contribution to the learning experiences of our Star students. Welcome Melina!
Timothy Feller Msc
Rebecca Sousa, HBSc, MPEd, BCBA candidate
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) candidate.
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!