DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES
Valinda’s journey in this field began in 1998 when she began working with a incredible young boy with Autism as a member of his ABA team. She continued her formal training to include a BA in Educational Psychology and is currently pursuing her Masters in Speech Pathology. Valinda has spent the last 20 years as a Behaviour Consultant working with thousands of families across Ontario. With extensive training and hands on experience in wide variety of methods including but not limited to ABA/ Verbal Behaviour, Direct Instruction, Precision and Fluency Training, Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Sensory Integration Disorders and Treatment, American Sign Language, Child Welfare, Trauma, Suicide Intervention, Risk Assessment for Suicide and Self-Harm, Advanced Level Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Theraplay and Play Therapy. Valinda is a certified trainer in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Training and Brain Gym and is in process of completing her advanced level of Oral Placement Therapy with Talk Tools.
She has worked with community agencies, schools in both Private, Catholic and Public settings, daycare settings, summer camp programs and community partners such as Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Early Intervention Services, Children’s Aid Societies, residential treatment facilities, Hospital for Sick Children, and Children’s Treatment Network. Valinda has worked closely with the regional providers in charge of managing the Ontario Autism Program in numerous areas across Ontario and other private funding agencies to assist families in accessing funds for their children’s treatment. Valinda’s passion and dedication to see each child succeed is what has driven Valinda to continue to do this valuable work each day for that last 22 years.