Dr. Anna Grivas Matejka is a Registered Child and Adolescent Psychologist at Growing Minds. She specializes in psychological and developmental assessments of children and adolescents. She has expertise in the assessment of ASD, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, behaviour and social/emotional difficulties.
Dr. Matejka also provides cognitive behaviour therapy for children and adolescents with significant anxiety, mood disorders and anger management concerns.
Dr. Matejka provides coaching and consultation to parents, educators and other clinicians to ensure the ongoing growth and development of the client.
Dr. Danielle Ostfield is a Registered Child Psychologist who specializes in working with individuals who have received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and/or Learning Disability. She has extensive experience in psychological and developmental assessments of young children and adolescents, and a special interest in Early Intervention for young children with or at risk of a diagnosis of ASD.
Danielle has previously held positions at the The Autism Research Unit at The Hospital for Sick Children, North York General Hospital, The Toronto District School Board, and ISAND.
Dr. Laurie Vismara is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience working closely with children, families, and early childhood professionals in autism intervention. She is a co-author and developer of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) parent coaching, as well as certified therapist and trainer in the ESDM.
Laurie's family-centered approach recognizes parents as their child's first and most natural teacher. Specific knowledge and understanding of child development, interactive teaching strategies, and the effects of early autism integrate with parents' motivation to support their child's learning and innate understanding of their child's abilities and interests, as well as their family life and daily routines. Together a systematic process of family-focused goals and strategies unfold to support a child's learning and development inside play and other everyday parent-child interactions.
Dr. Cynthia Maya Beristain is a Registered Child and Adolescent Psychologist. She has extensive experience in assessment of neurodevelopmental differences (LD, ADHD, ASD, Intellectual Disability) and socioemotional difficulties for school-age children and adolescents. She also provides therapeutic support for children and teens who struggle with emotion and behaviour regulation and those have experienced chronic adversity while working with their parents/caregivers and consulting with school personnel.
Cynthia has provided services at Surrey Place, Youthdale Treatment Centres, the Toronto District School Board, and private practice. She also teaches at OISE/UT and supervises graduate psychology students.
Dr. Laura Demchuk Sloan is a Registered Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with school-age children and youth, as well as young adults. She is highly experienced in diagnosing ADHD, LD, ASD, Intellectual Developmental Disorder, and socioemotional difficulties through psychological and developmental assessments.
Laura has provided supervision to graduate Psychology students and recent graduates. She is a certified provider of PEERS for Adolescents and has training with other interventions. She enjoys working with families, children, and youth as well as consulting with school personnel in her role at the TDSB. She has experience in developing and/or delivering personal development (PD) related to well-being, trauma, ASD, anxiety, and developmental disabilities.
Evan is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with 10 years of experience working with teams in clinic, home, school and recreational settings. She has supported individuals who have Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and their families. Evan specializes in Natural Developmental Behaviour Intervention for young children, well as focused behaviour support and skill building for school age clients and teenagers. Areas of focus include social communication, emotional regulation, independent and adaptive life skills, and school readiness.
Evan takes a client centred, play based approach to learning, with emphasis on building connection and tailoring goals to meet each child's needs. She invites parent collaboration on developing strategies to incorporate into everyday routines and activities. In addition to individual sessions, Evan offers coaching and support for parents, as well as consultation in home and educational settings.
Orly Silberstein is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with over 14 years of experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Orly works closely with parents and clinicians from diverse disciplines to ensure an integrated approach and generalization of skills.
Orly strives to help children reach developmentally-appropriate goals through child-led activities, that will help increase the child and their family’s quality of life. Orly provides coaching to parents and educators to support the client consistently and effectively across settings.
Kelly is a dedicated behaviour therapist with a decade of experience in providing evidence-based, child-led, and parent-mediated therapy through naturalistic development behaviour interventions (NDBI). Her experience includes providing early intervention services in the clinic setting individually and collaboratively in the community. She holds post-graduate certification in behavioural science and a bachelor degree in psychology.
In addition, Kelly holds certifications in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), and Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support (SCERTS).
Jenni is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner who recently graduated from the George Brown College Advanced Diploma program. She is continuing her education at Toronto Metropolitan University to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in CYC.
Jenni has experience working in group formats, classroom settings, social skill programs and one to one behavioural support to a range of individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, OCD and learning disabilities.
As a student, Jenni has completed internships at Geneva Centre for Autism where she provided respite and programming support and further completed a second placement at Junior Academy private school where she collaborated with the classroom community to provide behavioural educational and programming support in a school setting.
Samantha Chisholm is a behaviour therapist with 6 years experience working in recreational, in-home and school settings. She has supported individuals who have a diagnosis in Autism, along with other neurological conditions, and their families. She has recently graduated, obtaining a BA with a major in Psychology, and wishes to pursue a Masters degree in social science. She is the founder and owner of a swim school, that devotes time and resources to supporting individuals who have autism. Her swim school is currently partnered with a company representing the autism community.
Samantha’s professional involvement includes: Autism Ontario, LDANR, Shadow Lake Center, Community Living, Samantha’s Learn to Swim and the Mary Center. She has certifications in International Certification Program in Dual Diagnosis (ICPD), Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB), and Using Practice Guidelines and Structured Clinical Decision-Making Models in Supervised Fieldwork Experience.
“Passion and understanding define my work in this field. Forever".
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