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
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 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.
Natasha Walji, M.Sc, BCBA
Assistant Clinical Supervisor
Natasha is a Board Certified Behaviour Analysis (BCBA). She 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 graduated with a Master of Science in Family Relations and Human Development, and has completed a post-graduate course sequence in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Karleigh Copeland, BA
Karleigh has 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. She is passionate about listening to clients and advocating for what they need to support meaningful change. Karleigh is currently completing her Master of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is pursuing national certification.
Laura Rutty, BA
Laura has experience working with children and adolescents with varying diagnoses in residential settings, as well as in-centre and in-home therapy settings. While completing an undergraduate degree in psychology, she found herself drawn to behavioural and organizational psychology, eventually finding ABA. 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 is currently completing her Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is pursuing national certification.
Rana Zaro, M.Ed, BCBA
Rana is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She 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.
Shannon Haynes, M.ADS, BCBA
Shannon is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She 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 Master of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in ABA.
Taylor Sharp, BASc
Taylor has 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 was drawn to the field of ABA following the completion of her undergraduate degree at the University Guelph where she majored in Child, Youth, and Family and minored in Psychology. She 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 is currently completing her Master of Applied Disability Studies at Brock University and pursuing national certification.
Jenna Fuller, BA
After graduating from the University of Guelph, where she majored in Psychology, Jenna began looking into career paths within the field of Autism and ABA. She began volunteering with children with autism and learned more about ABA and how it was used. She soon enrolled in the Autism and Behavioural Sciences program at Conestoga College. Jenna is most excited about learning how to use ABA strategies to teach new skills that foster independence. She believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping a child reach their goals and is looking forward to continuing her learning in the field of ABA. Jenna is currently working towards her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) credentials.
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. Jennie is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies at Ryerson University and 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. 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. She enjoys making learning fun and always comes with so many fun toys and activities in hand!