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May 17 7:00PM - 8:30PM - Autism Spectrum Disorder and Comorbid Mental Health Difficulties

Presented by Dr. Kerry Wells, Ph.D., C. Psych., Ashley Toohey, and Bailey Frid

Launch staff will lead a discussion about the overlap between Autism Spectrum Disorder and mental health difficulties such as anxiety, and low mood. Strategies for how caregivers can support children and youth who have been diagnosed with ASD who are also struggling with mental health difficulties will be discussed and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Kerry Wells, C. Psych. is a registered psychologist who completed his Ph. D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. Kerry has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), intellectual/developmental disabilities, and a variety of other neurodevelopmental disorders since 2001. He has providing services in a variety of settings including schools, government programs and agencies, and residential treatment programs. Currently, Kerry is a consulting psychologist with Dalton and Associates and provides clinical supervision for IBI/ABA programs in the Toronto, Central East, and Central West. Kerry provides psychological and diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents. He also provides counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and adolescents.

Ashley is completing the final year of her doctoral degree in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at Western University. Over the last three years, she has worked with diverse populations of children and youth, ages 3 – 21, and their families, under the supervision of Psychologists. Ashley has experience working at a school board in Durham Region, Ontario and two community-based clinics in London, Ontario.

Bailey is completing her final year of her doctoral degree in School and Applied Child Psychology through Western University, London, Ontario. Bailey has worked with diverse populations of children and youth ages 5 – 21 with previous experience working alongside a psychologist at a school board, a private practice and two community-based clinics in London, Ontario over the last 4 years.

May 31 7:00PM - 8:30PM - Parenting a Sensitive Child

Presented by Ashley Toohey and Bailey Frid

Launch staff will lead a discussion about how emotional sensitivity can present at different ages across childhood and adolescence. General parenting strategies will be discussed for supporting highly sensitive children and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.

About the Speakers:

Ashley is completing the final year of her doctoral degree in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at Western University. Over the last three years, she has worked with diverse populations of children and youth, ages 3 – 21, and their families, under the supervision of Psychologists. Ashley has experience working at a school board in Durham Region, Ontario and two community-based clinics in London, Ontario.

Bailey is completing her final year of her doctoral degree in School and Applied Child Psychology through Western University, London, Ontario. Bailey has worked with diverse populations of children and youth ages 5 – 21 with previous experience working alongside a psychologist at a school board, a private practice and two community-based clinics in London, Ontario over the last 4 years.

June 14th, 2022- ADHD

Presented by Bailey Frid, Katrina Haug, and Milena Kako

Our team will lead a discussion about the features of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how it impacts day-to-day functioning, including executive functioning challenges. Strategies for supporting children and youth at home and in academic settings will be discussed and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.

About the Speakers:

Milena is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has been working within the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for over 14 years. Milena holds a Masters Degree in Applied Disability Studies with a concentration in ABA from Brock University as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Milena has been working with a diverse client population from early childhood to late adulthood. She has extensive experience supporting people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and adolescents and adults with a dual diagnosis (Developmental Disability [i.e. ASD, Intellectual Disability] and a concurrent mental health diagnosis). She provides supervision for clients receiving Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) services as well as children, adolescents, and adults receiving ABA services. Milena has extensive experience conducting skills assessments, including ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, and AFLS. She is experienced in developing and supervising programming to address a variety of skills, including school readiness, receptive and expressive language, self-help, and social skills, among others.  She supports adults with a dual diagnosis and severe challenging behaviour by completing Functional Behavioural Assessments, developing Behaviour Intervention Plans, and training staff and other mediators in implementing behaviour plans.

Katrina is completing her final year of her doctoral degree in School and Applied Child Psychology through Western University, London, Ontario. She is currently a Psychology Intern with Dalton Associates and Launch Behavioural Health. She is practicing therapy and completing psychoeducational assessments under supervision of a Registered Psychologist who is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Bailey is completing her final year of her doctoral degree in School and Applied Child Psychology through Western University, London, Ontario. She is currently a Psychology Intern with Dalton Associates and Launch Behavioural Health. She is practicing therapy and completing psychoeducational assessments under supervision of a Registered Psychologist who is a member of the Colle of Psychologists of Ontario.

June 28th, 2022 - Autism Spectrum Disoder (ASD) and Comorbid Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Presented by Katrina Haug and Milena Kako

Our team will lead a discussion about the overlap of symptoms in individuals diagnosed with ASD and ADHD as well as the specific challenges that may be present in day-to-day functioning. Areas that will be reviewed include executive functioning difficulties, specifically flexibility, emotion regulation, impulse control/response inhibition, and planning/task initiation. In addition, social skills difficulties that may be present for individuals with ASD and ADHD will be discussed. General strategies for use at home and school will be shared as well as resources. 

About the Speakers:

Milena is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has been working within the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for over 14 years. Milena holds a Masters Degree in Applied Disability Studies with a concentration in ABA from Brock University as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Milena has been working with a diverse client population from early childhood to late adulthood. She has extensive experience supporting people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and adolescents and adults with a dual diagnosis (Developmental Disability [i.e. ASD, Intellectual Disability] and a concurrent mental health diagnosis). She provides supervision for clients receiving Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) services as well as children, adolescents, and adults receiving ABA services. Milena has extensive experience conducting skills assessments, including ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, and AFLS. She is experienced in developing and supervising programming to address a variety of skills, including school readiness, receptive and expressive language, self-help, and social skills, among others.  She supports adults with a dual diagnosis and severe challenging behaviour by completing Functional Behavioural Assessments, developing Behaviour Intervention Plans, and training staff and other mediators in implementing behaviour plans.

Katrina is completing her final year of her doctoral degree in School and Applied Child Psychology through Western University, London, Ontario. She is currently a Psychology Intern with Dalton Associates and Launch Behavioural Health. She is practicing therapy and completing psychoeducational assessments under supervision of a Registered Psychologist who is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

July - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Puberty

Presented by Joan Broto and Marie Hooper

We will discuss puberty in learners with autism, how to talk to your child about puberty, as well as general strategies to support children and teens at home. The focus of the presentation will be on puberty-related skills to teach and effective teaching strategies.

About the Speakers:

Joan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) who completed her MA and Ph.D. from Teachers College Columbia University in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education. While completing her MA and Ph.D.  and working in CABAS Schools, Joan obtained New York State teaching certifications for regular and special education, as well as the CABAS Associate Behavior Analyst and CABAS Assistant Research Scientist ranks. Joan’s experience includes working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and behaviour disorders since 2000. In addition to providing clinical supervision for ABA programs in the Greater Toronto Area, Joan has taught graduate courses at Brock University and Western University and is supervising graduate students who are pursuing certification in behaviour analysis.

Marie is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program at York University. Her Master’s thesis examined selective attention and intermodal processing deficits in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Marie’s doctoral research focuses on the impact of stress in families (particularly siblings) with children with complex neuropsychological, medical needs. 

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