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’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!

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!

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!

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!

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 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’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!

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!

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 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!

Holding a Bachelor’s of Education degree, Deepika was previously responsible for the academic and behavioural successes of primary aged students. With just over three years of experience in an educational setting supporting students with varying learning needs, Deepika decided to pursue a Graduate diploma in Autism and Behavioural Science from George Brown College. Deepika works effectively in a team environment, is sensitive to the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is excited to support student’s diverse needs. Shining Stars welcomes Deepika to the team!

Demonstrating a keen interest in learning and expanding her Applied Behaviour Analytic knowledge is evident as Madeline is currently working towards the completion of her Masters of Applied Disability Studies in ABA. Madeline has taken the initiative and is committed to taking on several client related tasks and working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team environment. She demonstrated an ability to work closely with the other disciplines and was thoughtful in how to apply behavior analytic processes when working towards common treatment goals with other members of the team. Shining Stars welcomes Madeline to the team!

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!

Danielle’s experiences at Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Erinoakkids Centre for Treatment and Development propelled her passion for working and supporting the diverse needs of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Fulfillment from observing the successes of children with Autism is what drives Danielle to want to do more for our students with special education needs. Danielle holds an Honors Bachelor’s Degree from York University and an Honors Child and Youth Care diploma from Humber College. In addition, having minored in French studies at York University, Danielle is fluent in French. Welcome Danielle to the team!

Having spent the initial part of her career as a Clinical Psychologist working to support children with special education needs and working with families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to determine levels of fatigue, Nivedita’s passion for persons with Autism Spectrum does not go unnoticed. She continued her education pursuing a Developmental Service Worker and Autism and Behavioral Science diploma both from fans awe College. Her compassion, empathy, exceptional communication skills and desire to support persons with unique needs makes Nivedita a great fit for the role of Instructor Therapist. Welcome Nivedita to the team!