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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-based practices. Her outstanding knowledge of school, community and home-based programs has earned her an excellent reputation as an experienced hands-on service provider in the Ottawa – Carleton  region.

She participates in various community groups and advisory committees advocating for families and their children. She serves as the Placement Supervisor for the Autism Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate  Program (ABS) at Algonquin College.

Certified  PEERS Therapist – Semel Institute UCLA



E-Mail : ebissonn@magma.ca

 
 
 
 

Elizabeth Todd , Intake Coordinator

With a BA in Psychology and graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science, Elizabeth joined the Building Blocks team as a PEERS co-facilitator. She has also worked for families in the community, implementing principles of ABA in order to build and shape communication, social and self-help skills in children with ASD.  Elizabeth began her role as intake coordinator when she returned to school to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work, which she completed in 2018.



E-Mail : etodd087@gmail.com



 
 
 
 

Sheri Curkovic, Elementary Educator, Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultant

Sheri has a BS Honours Degree in Science and Elementary Education. She taught in regular classrooms for 8 years before entering the autism field. She is a graduate of the Autism and Behavioral Science Program and has co-facilitated  social skills groups for children with ASD for the past 8 years.

She has extensive knowledge of ABA and experience with behaviour management, program development and transition planning. Sheri also aided in the development of a program for teen boys with Asperger’s Syndrome and is currently helping to facilitate  the program.

Certified  PEERS Therapist – Semel Institute UCLA


E-Mail :
shericurkovic@rogers.com


 
 
 
 

Joe Robertson

Joey has a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, as well as graduated from the Autism and Behavioural Science Program at Algonquin College in 2012.  He is currently on a leave of absence, and pursuing graduate studies in Applied Disabilities Studies at Brock University, specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Joey is working hard towards his BCBA certification.
He has taught and worked with children and teens in a variety of capacities implementing ABA based intervention in teaching communication, social, interpersonal and lifeskills programs for more than 10 years.  

He has been involved in all aspects of the social groups, camps, and PEERS programs provided by Building Blocks, and is greatly looking forward to his return.

Member – Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, Inc.


 
 
 
 

Lynda-Marie Trifilette

For over five years Lynda-Marie has worked for Building Blocks as a Lead Facilitator teaching social skills to the boy’s group. She has a Bachelor degree in Psychology, a Master degree in Education, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science with Honors.

For the last 12 years she has worked for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in Autism Units and with the regular population. She is also a trained LEGO® Social Skills Facilitator and uses LEGO® to improve social interaction and communication skills. Lynda-Marie is also an active crisis counsellor registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

 
 
 
 

Maggie Gomez

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-facilitating socials skills programs and working with children in the field of ABA as an Instructor Therapist.  Having completed graduate studies specializing in Autism and Behavioural Science, Maggie brings knowledge of ABA principles to the team and is excited to be part of this rewarding field!

 
 
 
 

Heyam Rabaa

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-facilitate in social skill groups with Building Blocks.  In addition to this, Heyam has 7 years of experience working in group homes and has worked as an Educational Assistant in the school board providing one on one support for children in a classroom setting.

 
 
 
 

Chris Nixon

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.  

Member - The College of Early Childhood Educators


 
 
 
 

Michele Elstone

Michele is currently working in the school system as a Special Education Technician.  She works with students who have a variety of different developmental needs ranging from ASD and 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.  Michele 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 help skills.

 
 
 
 

Karen Cook

Karen developed an interest in language and behaviour while working with children in recreation and aquatics in high school. She went on to obtain a BA Honours Degree in Linguistics and Psychology at Carleton University where she completed a capstone project on the topic of joint attention in children with ASD, and later completed the Autism and Behavioural Science program at Algonquin. She has worked as an instructor therapist in private ABA and Early Start Denver Model programs. She continues to work in recreation at the Boys and Girls Club while co-facilitating at Building Blocks on Saturdays.

 
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