Clinical Team

Shining Star’s Clinicians are registered and listed with the OAP Provider list.

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.

In 2016, Shining Stars Support Services was established. Shining Stars Support Services provides in-home, centre and community-based instructional and behavioural supports to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-morbid disorders. Shining Stars is also an accredited OAP provider.

In 2023, Shining Stars acquired the approval of the Ministry of Education, Shining Stars School. Shining Stars School is an alternative accredited school for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 4-11.

I am well-versed in the delivery of cognitive and behavioural assessments. In addition, I have facilitated Assessments of Basic Language and Learning, Assessments of Functional Living Skills, Functional Independent Skills Assessment, Brigance Assessments, Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessments among others.

Over 21 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 who has worked with students with various complex communication needs and developmental disorders from childhood to young adulthood. He has extensive experience in the delivery of assessments, therapy and intervention, as well as 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

Laura Chubb is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), who meets the provincial standards as a qualified Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Clinical Supervisor. Laura has worked in the field of behavioural health and therapeutic support for over a decade, with the bulk of that work serving clients with dual or multi-diagnosis who have behavioural health concerns.

Laura has advanced clinical experiences developing, supervising, and implementing applied behavioural analytic (ABA) therapies, and naturalistic developmental behavioural interventions (NDBI’s). Laura is passionate about culturally safe and trauma-informed therapy. Laura has experience in designing, supervising, and implementing multiple forms of functional behaviour assessment, including holding Lead Implementation credentials in Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skills Based Treatment (SBT).

Laura currently is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Prior to this Laura completed her Masters of Applied Disability Studies with field specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Brock University, and her Bachelors of Arts [Honours] double major in Disability Studies and Psychology at the University of Windsor.

Mehak completed her Masters of Education in Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto in 2020. Prior to her Masters, Mehak completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Toronto in 2019. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis to obtain her license as a BCBA. Mehak has experience working with children with developmental and learning disabilities in both recreational and clinical settings, in addition to experience working in pharmaceuticals. Her previous research has revolved around looking at the impact of burnout and compassion fatigue on individuals’ mental health. Mehak is also currently a teaching assistant, helping out professors at Brock University.

At Shining Stars, in her role as a Supervising Therapist, Mehak supports therapists and children with skill acquisition programs, behavioral protocols, and daily living skills. Her role requires her to provide supervision and 1:1 support for therapists in helping children. Mehak conducts a variety of assessments as per the child’s individual characteristics and devises plans accordingly to ensure children’s success. Mehak enjoys her time in-center and supporting the team in-home. She is also available to support parents in parent training to better support their child’s individual needs.

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!”