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.
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!
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!
Andrea earned her Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in February 2012 and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in September 2012.
Andrea’s private practice consists of providing assessment, treatment development and clinical oversight of behaviour support plans (BSPs) for adults with severe problem behaviours and PRN protocols in community settings to comply with O. Reg. 299/10: Quality Assurance Measures. In addition to the adult population, Andrea clinically supervises programming for children and adolescents who are recipients of Ontario Autism Program (OAP) funding. In September 2018 and after a rigorous process, Andrea was selected to be a BCBA Reviewer for the Clinical Review Process for the OAP.
Andrea started in the field of developmental disabilities in 2005 and has extensive experience in behavioral and standardized assessments, treatment development for skills deficits and excesses and supervision of staffing in a variety of settings and with a broad range of clients of different ages and with varying degrees of needs. Andrea’s work experience includes private and government funded programs for children with autism, adolescents and adults with dual diagnoses and mental health issues, consultation with school boards, long term care homes, treatment homes and hospitals. Andrea has experience teaming up with clinicians of other disciplines to develop transdisciplinary treatment plans.
The areas of interest Andrea has worked with are assessment and treatment of problem behaviour to include aggression to others, property destruction, self injury (SIB), non-compliance, toileting and on-task. In addition to behavioural and skills assessments, Andrea administers standardized tools that help in understanding the needs of the individuals she works with.
Andrea’s experience with children, adolescents and adults with behavioural challenges and skill building programs make her an insightful clinician who understands the needs of clients throughout their lifespans.
At a personal level, Andrea is a mom to two active teenage boys and a dog and is working towards becoming a certified Personal Trainer.
Hello, I am an Occupational Therapist and Owner of Playful Strides Therapy. I work with children and their family to support them to be able to do things they want or need to do. I believe in supporting and strengthening the core relationships in a child’s life, building on the strengths and sharing both my experience and knowledge with the network around a child including the school, home and community.
I provide intervention for motor delays/dysfunctions, regulation skills, both sensory and self-regulation, feeding intervention and social emotional skill development.
I can address a child’s gross motor, fine motor, sensory motor and everyday skills as they relate to home, school and communication management.
I have a special interest in children with complex needs including those working on eating, emotional regulation and complex physical/health issues
Instructor and Lead Instructor Therapists
Our committed and specialized Instructor Therapists are well-versed in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Shining Star’s staff hold a degree in Psychology and/or Behavioural Science and have completed or are working towards their Registered Behaviour Technician Certification. The training and certification of our Instructor Therapists upholds Shining Star’s Mission statement, Children Can Succeed!”