Elaine Bissonnette, Behaviour Consultant
Elaine has over 35 years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and their families. She earned her Developmental Services Worker diploma from Algonquin College in l984. Elaine has extensive knowledge of ASDs from the assessment stage to interventions using evidence-
She participates in various community groups and advisory committees advocating for families and their children.
Certified PEERS Therapist – Semel Institute UCLA
Elizabeth Todd , Intake Coordinator
Elizabeth has worked with Building Blocks for the past seven years, first as a PEERS co-
Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science, and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is also a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
For over seven years Lynda-
For the last 15 years she has worked for the Ottawa-
Maggie is a seasoned Early Childhood Educator working with children of all ages for 15 years. For many years, she has owned and operated her own early childhood centre and is now working with children diagnosed with ASD’s. Her more recent work involves co-
Heyam graduated from Algonquin College with honours as a Development Service Worker. Prior to graduating, Heyam began working with children diagnosed with ASD as a therapist implementing in home behavioural programming in teaching communication, social and self help skills. She continues to co-
Chris Nixon is returning to our team after experiencing 10 years as an Early Interventionist with the Nova Scotia EIBI Program. Chris is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with 15 years of experience working with families and children diagnosed with ASD and other exceptionalities. She is certified in Pivotal Response Treatment, Picture Exchange Communication System and educated in Positive Behaviour Support System. Chris is happy to return to her home town and to teach and learn with the children in the Building Block’s groups.
Michele is currently working in the school system as a Special Education Technician-
She works mainly with students who have ASD and some with other exceptionalities. Michele worked for 20 years as a Speech and Language Assistant, providing speech and language therapy to children under the direction of a Speech Pathologist. She has worked in both the school setting and in private therapy settings. She also worked as a nursery school teacher for children with ASD implementing both behavioral, communication, social and self-
Karen has been a facilitator with Building Blocks since 2017, after receiving her BA in Linguistics and Psychology at Carleton U and a certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science from Algonquin College. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in Education with a special focus on differentiated learning and demand avoidance in K-