They say it takes a village to raise a child. We say it takes a team to teach one.
Each of our team members brings a set of unique skills and passion for the work we do. Training and continued professional development play a key role in ensuring we are working together to develop creative, effective programming.
We also welcome any opportunity to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to better support the children and families we work with.
Sophia Catania, M.ADS, BCBA
Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor
Sophia has worked with children and young adults of all ages, with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other exceptionalities. Her experiences have spanned across a variety of settings, including home and centre-based programs, school consultations, community and vocational support, and adult day programs. She is a certified PEERS and Proloquo2Go Trainer, and has completed Level 2 Training in PECS and Level 2 Training in PEAK. Sophia started Best Behaviour Inc. in 2016, with the goal of providing the best service she could, with a team of dedicated independent contractors and employees who had the same goal in mind. She has always known that her future career would involve helping and working with children. ABA has proven to be the perfect avenue. Sophia completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, her Master of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She is also an approved OAP Clinical Supervisor.
Natasha Walji, M.Sc, BCBA
Assistant Clinical Supervisor
Natasha has experience working with clients ranging from ages 2 to 25 in home, school, and community settings. Natasha's advocacy for client and family needs make her an asset to any team. Her attention to detail allows her to closely monitor client progress and ensure maximum gains are being made. She is especially interested in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to increase the effectiveness of programming and training. Natasha completed her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences, Master of Science in Family Relations and Human Development, a post-graduate course sequence in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.
Karleigh Copeland, BA, M.PEd
Karleigh has gained experience working with children and adults in residential, in-home and centre-based settings. She was drawn to the field of ABA after working with adults and seeing how effective it could be for clients of any age. Karleigh enjoys how ABA focuses on the clients' individual needs and creates a safe and supportive environment for them to grow. She is passionate about listening to clients and advocating for what they need to support meaningful change. Karleigh completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is pursuing national certification.
Laura Rutty, M.Ed, BCBA
While completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Laura found herself drawn to behavioural and organizational psychology, eventually finding ABA. She has experience working with children and adolescents with varying diagnoses in residential settings, as well as in-centre and in-home therapy settings. Laura loves how ABA breaks complex skills into small, manageable behaviours, making it easier for people to achieve their goals. She is passionate about delivering high quality ABA services and focuses on truly attending to the needs of her clients. Laura completed her Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.
Shannon Haynes, M.ADS, BCBA
Shannon has experience working with children with and without exceptionalities, in a variety of settings. She has provided 1:1 therapy in home and community settings. Shannon is passionate about the science of ABA and enjoys using it to make changes that lead to meaningful outcomes for her clients. She is especially interested in language and communication. She loves using ABA strategies to teach these skills and watch as their development opens up so many new opportunities. Shannon completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.
Taylor Sharp, BASc, M.ADS
Taylor was drawn to the field of ABA following the completion of her Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth, and Family. She has since gained experience working with children across many therapeutic, educational, and recreational settings. She has provided 1:1 and group ABA therapy services in home and centre-based environments. Taylor enjoys the individualized nature of ABA and seeing each of her clients achieve goals that are the most meaningful to them. She is eager to learn more about the field so she can apply new and creative strategies to her work with her clients. Taylor completed her Master of Applied Disability Studies at Brock University and is pursuing national certification.
Ashley Durnford, BA
Ashley has been working with children with complex needs for over 10 years. She has experience working in various therapeutic and educational roles, including child and youth worker, educational assistant, and early childhood educator. She has also provided ABA therapy in home and centre-based environments. Ashley enjoys watching her clients reach there full potential by setting new goals that are meaningful to themselves and their families. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and completed her Registered Behaviour Technician training.
Stacey Brookshaw, BA, BEd, OCT, M.PEd
Stacey became passionate about the field of ABA during her undergraduate degree, where she was able to bring her interests in special education and psychology together. She has experience working with children in various therapeutic and education settings. Stacey believes in the importance of a growth mindset and uses it as a tool to empower the children and families she supports to achieve their full potential. She believes that ABA can be effective and meaningful, while also being compassionate and collaborative. Dr. Hanley's account of providing ABA services in a way that values listening, creating joy, empowering, and teaching really resonates with her. Stacey completed her Bachelor of Concurrent Education with a major in Psychology and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She completed her Master of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is pursuing national certification.
Steffi Silveira, BA, ABS
Steffi has worked in therapeutic and education settings, with children with various levels of skills and abilities. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology and counselling psychology. Her interest in ABA led her to complete her post-graduate diploma in Autism and Behavioural Sciences. Steffi has very much enjoyed her time working with children with autism, and is passionate about creating enriching learning environments for each of the children she supports. She has completed her Registered Behaviour Technician training and is pursuing certification.
Tonya Parry, RECE, RBT
Tonya is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and has worked as an Educational Assistant for over 20 years, supporting students with developmental delays, autism, and other exceptionalities. During this time, she enrolled in the Autism and Behavioural Science program to improve her knowledge of ABA. She enjoyed it so much, that she decided to pursue her Registered Behaviour Technician credentials. Tonya enjoys using ABA strategies inside and outside of the classroom to teach new skills and foster independence. She loves coming up with creative ways to ensure students are generalizing their skills across school, home, and community settings. Tonya enjoys making learning fun and always comes with so many fun toys and activities in hand!
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