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 a 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.
Sophia Catania, M.ADS, BCBA
Owner and Clinical Supervisor
Sophia is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She works with children and young adults of all ages, with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other exceptionalities. She has worked in a variety of settings, including home and centre-based programs, school support, and adult day programs. She is a certified PEERS and Proloquo2Go Trainer, and has completed Level 2 Training in PECS and Level 1 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.
Alexandra Collins, M.Ed, BCBA
Alexandra is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She has been providing ABA services to children and youth since she graduated from the Autism and Behavioural Science program at George Brown College. She has provided 1:1 and group therapy, parent consultation services, and school support. Alexandra appreciates the importance of coaching parents and caregivers to effectively transfer the skills taught in therapy into natural settings. She also enjoys using evidence-based teaching strategies to teach therapists to implement various ABA programs. Alexandra completed her Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Natasha Walji, BSc, M.Sc
Natasha has experience providing ABA services to clients ranging from ages 2 to 25 in home, school, and community settings. She is dedicated to providing client-specific, evidenced-based programming that can be implemented by professionals and caregivers. 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 graduated with a Master of Science in Family Relations and Human Development, and is currently completing the necessary courses to pursue national certification.
Olivia Gabrielli, BA, M.A
Olivia has experience working with children in many different capacities, across therapeutic and recreational environments. She has provided school-based literacy support and worked in centre and home-based ABA programs. Olivia was drawn to the field of ABA and the challenge it presented of always learning and continuing to come up with creative ways to teach new skills. She completed her Master of Arts in Sociology, with a focus on childhood development and mental health. Olivia is working on a second Master’s degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis, in order to pursue national certification.
Rana Zaro, BA, M.Ed
Rana began working in the field of ABA when she was enrolled in the Autism and Behavioural Science program at Georgian College. Since then, she has worked with children with mild to severe diagnoses, including complex needs and severe behaviours. Rana loves seeing the progress her clients make, knowing that she is making a difference in their lives and their families lives. What she loves the most about her job is that every day brings new challenges, but also new successes. Rana completed her Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is pursuing national certification.
Shannon Haynes, BSc, M.ADS
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 and life changing outcomes for her clients. She is especially interested in language and communication, and loves using ABA strategies to teach communication skills and watch as learner’s world’s grow infinitely with the development of these skills. Shannon completed her Master of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in ABA, and is pursuing national certification.
Jennie Di Girolamo, DSW
Jennie has been working in the field of developmental services for over 15 years, with children and adults of all ages. Her most recent role has been in group homes, supporting adults with various developmental disabilities. She has experience working through challenging behaviours and teaching new replacement skills. Jennie began working as an ABA therapist to move into a role that would allow her to work in a capacity that focused on skill building. Implementing ABA strategies has come so naturally to her, and she enjoys celebrating her clients' achievements. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies at Ryerson University and would like to pursue her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) credentials.
Tonya Parry, RECE, RBT
Tonya 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 at Conestoga College to improve her knowledge of ABA. She enjoyed it so much, that she decided to pursue her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) credentials. She enjoys using ABA strategies inside and outside of the classroom to teach new skills and foster independence. Tonya loves coming up with creative ways to ensure students are generalizing their skills across school, home, and community settings. She enjoys making learning fun and always comes with so many fun toys and activities in hand!