OUR APPROACH:  Our Goals are your goals

  • We listen to what you say and what you want and base our assessment and treatment plan around you.

  • We tackle barriers head-on and develop ways to work around or overcome them.

  • We work to understand what's contributing to the challenging behaviour, by integrating our experience and compassion with evidence-based methods, and we consult with others when needed.  

  • We rely on the perspectives of the clients, families and teams we work with when conducting assessments and developing treatment plans.  

  • We break down complex situations into manageable pieces and support you in reaching one manageable goal at a time.

  • We put a strong emphasis on parent and staff education and training so you're able to generalize skills learned, and address new challenges as they arise.

We work with families and teams in Durham Region, York Region, and the Greater Toronto Area. We're able to provide consultation and support to individuals living outside that region via telephone or zoom.

QUALIFIED  |   SUPPORTIVE  |  CARING  |  COLLABORATIVE  |  PROGRESSIVE

OUR TEAM

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Kerry-Anne Robinson

M.Ed., BCBA

Owner & Clinical Director

Kerry-Anne Robinson is the owner and clinical director of Progressive Steps Training and Consultation Inc. She oversees the clinical direction and programming for all clients with the support of the Clinical Supervisors and Senior Behaviour Therapists. 

 

She has a passion for increasing the independence of those she works with and enhancing their overall quality of life. Kerry-Anne values providing evidenced-based services that meet the needs of clients and their caregivers through ongoing collaboration with clients and caregivers and high levels of support and supervision of behaviour therapists. 

 

Kerry-Anne has a twin brother with a developmental disability and a younger brother with Autism. Kerry-Anne is also a Mom and understands the challenges that families face when trying to implement parenting strategies and teach skills on a day to day basis. Kerry-Anne enjoys spending time with her family by going for hikes, camping and relaxing on the couch for weekly movie nights. 

Experience

  • 20+ years providing ABA services 

  • 15+ years clinically supervising ABA programs

  • Supported over 50 families with getting their troubled teens back on the right path

  • Training to students, staff and care providers on

    • functional behaviour assessment and functional analysis, 

    • teaching functional living skills, 

    • precision teaching, 

    • preparing for life after high school and,

    • using a collaborative model for behaviour consultation

  • Taught courses at George Brown College

  • Guest lectured at Brock University

  • Presented at conferences locally and internationally

 

Education & Training

  • Honours Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

  • Master of Education (Special Education)

  • Graduate Coursework in Applied Behaviour Analysis

  • Board Certified Behaviour Analyst 

  • Internship at the Princeton Child Development Institute

  • Precision Teaching

  • Direct Instruction

  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy (training and supervision)

  • DNA-V model 

  • Multisystemic Therapy for delinquent youth (training and supervision) 

  • Certified PEERS® service provider.

  • Practical Functional Analysis 

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Karen Robinson

Office Administrator and Special Education Advocate

Karen Robinson is a certified Special Education Advocate. Karen can assist parents/guardians as they navigate their way through IEP and IPRC meetings. She can also provide guidance if they have to deal with school administrators regarding behavioural and/or bullying issues at school. Karen offers a variety of services such as advocacy training, and support at school meetings and appeals.

 

Her objective is to develop her clients into informed, proactive advocates for their children's educational needs. Her clients are empowered by knowing current Education and Human Rights legislation that pertains to their children's rights and special education needs. They are also empowered by having the skills and tools that enable them to articulate their children's needs to school staff and school board administrators in a way that is both assertive and collaborative.

 

School-aged clients of Progressive Steps Training and Consultation Inc. often need educational accommodations and additional services and support at school. Karen can assist parents/guardians as they navigate their way through IEP and IPRC meetings. She can also provide guidance if they have to deal with school administrators regarding behavioural and/or bullying issues at school. Karen offers a variety of services such as advocacy training, and support at school meetings and appeals.

 

Karen enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, going on cruises, historical romance novels and movies, home DIY projects and her 4 beautiful, smart, talented grandchildren.

Experience

  • 35+ years navigating and learning about the special education system

  • 25+ years of navigating and learning about autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

  • 20+ years providing advocacy training and consultation

  • Has provided training, consultation and support to hundreds of families

  • Has provided advocacy training workshops all over Ontario

  • Mother of 4 children, two of whom has required special education services at both public and catholic schools

  • Mother of child with severe autism

  • Sat on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Education Advocates

  • Served on the Chapter Leadership Council of Autism Ontario - Durham Region for three years.

  • Over 20 years of office administration in a variety of corporations

Education & Training

  • 40-hour Registered Behaviour Technician coursework completed

  • Advocacy training and certification

  • Knowledge of the Education Act: specifically Reg. 181/98, PPM 140, IEP, IPRCs and the appeal process, Ontario Human Rights, Ontario Special Education Tribunals

  • A variety of business/accounting certifications and designations

  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness 

  • First Aid/CPR certified

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Olivia Ng

MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Olivia Ng is a Clinical Supervisor with Progressive Steps Training and Consultation Inc. She provides clinical supervision to Senior Behaviour Therapists and Behaviour Therapists supporting clients in the Ontario Autism Program.

 

Olivia has supported hundreds of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities across the lifespan for 20 years in both public and private sectors. Through this work, she has developed a personal philosophy that emphasizes compassionate and collaborative care for every client. Everyone has a story, and each story must be carefully considered in its unique context, while mindfully respecting the privacy, rights, wishes, and ambitions of the client. Olivia has provided clinical mentorship to numerous clinicians and students of behaviour analysis while espousing this very philosophy.

In her personal time, Olivia is a competitive amateur equestrian who loves to jump over obstacles with her horse.

Experience

  • 20 years of ABA implementation, program development, teaching, training, and leadership

  • Lecturer at Western University in the Master of Professional Education (ABA) program

  • Has published peer-reviewed research in autism, developmental disabilities, and least-intrusive interventions

  • Has presented on these topics at local and international conferences

Education & Training

  • Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, 2012

  • Master of Arts (Applied Disability Studies, Applied Behaviour Analysis), 2012

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), 2005

  • Crisis prevention, functional analysis, severe problem behaviour

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Lauretta Bastian

M..s., ABA.

Senior Behaviour Therapist

Lauretta Bastian is a Senior Behaviour Therapist with Progressive Steps Training and Consultation Inc. She is involved in the development and implementation of programming and provides training and supervision to Behaviour therapists supporting clients.

Lauretta has 10 years working with children diagnosed with ASD and learning disabilities in various settings such as clinics, schools and private in-home services. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatment based on the individualized needs of the clients and their families, in order to reach our common goal-- which is an opportunity for these individuals to integrate into society and enhance their overall quality of life as adults.

In her personal time, Lauretta loves developing her culinary skills by exploring various ethinic foods, as well as spending time outdoors gardening, going for hikes or walks on the beach or playing basketball with her friends and family. 

Experience

  • 10 years of ABA implementation, program development, training, and collaborating with other professionals to develop enriched individualized programming for clients

  • 3+ years supervising ABA programs and implementation of behavioural strategies

  • Training to schools/daycares, staff, and caregivers on:

    • Behavioural data collection 

    • Incorporating ABA strategies within natural opportunities in the settings (i.e. classroom, home) 

    • Implementing evidence-based skill curriculums 

 

Education & Training

  • Masters Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis

  • Post graduate program in Autism and Behavioural science 

  •  Honours in Bachelor of Science specializing in Psychology  

  • Crisis prevention

  • PEAK Level 1 certification, PEAK ABA solutions

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Kristin Bain

M.ADS. BCBA

Senior Behaviour Therapist

Kristin Bain is a Senior Behaviour Therapist at Progressive Steps Training & Consultation and has a Master’s Degree in Applied Disability Studies, specializing in ABA. She provides direct program implementation, program development, clinical supervision and behavioural consultation for clients and their families. 

 

Kristin is passionate about helping children, youth and adults expand their skills, maximize their potential and live their best lives! She values trauma-informed best practices and emphasizes a collaborative and naturalistic approach to evidence-based intervention. Kristin believes that if a client does not learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn! 

 

When she is not working, Kristin often spends her time with her friends and family, camping, kayaking and ATVing in the great outdoors. She also loves getting creative and enjoys painting and formulating natural skincare products for her friends and family.

Experience

  • 8 years providing behavioural analytic services to children, youth, adults and their families. 

  • 5 years providing training and clinical supervision to front-line staff & care providers.

  • Training staff, care providers & other professionals on:

    • Naturalistic behavioural interventions: teaching through play.

    • Trauma-informed best practices for severe challenging behaviour.

    • Antecedent Interventions.

    • Developing Language & Verbal behaviour.

  • Presented at various local workshops.

  • Articles published in “Autism Matters” Magazine, by Autism Ontario. 

  • Collaborative article published in The University of Toronto’s official newspaper “The Varsity” advocating on behalf of needs-based therapy. 

 

Education & Training

  • Advanced Diploma (Behavioural Science Technology)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Applied Behaviour Analysis - Autism)

  • Master of Applied Disability Studies (Specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis)

  • Early Intervention & Natural Environment Teaching 

  • Advanced Verbal Behaviour & Language Development 

  • The Balance Program Parent Training

  • RUBI Parent Training

  • Practical Functional Analysis & Skill Based Treatment of Severe Challenging Behaviour 

  • Sleep Treatment 

  • Social Skills for Children & Adolescents

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

  • DNA-V Model

  • Direct Instruction 

  • Evidence-Based Telehealth Services 

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Judit Albitz

M.Sc., BCBA

Senior Behaviour Therapist

Judit Albitz is a Senior Behaviour Therapist at Progressive Steps Training and Consultation Inc. Judit has a Masters Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As a Senior Behaviour Therapist, Judit provides direct program implementation, training, clinical supervision and behavioural consultation services to clients and their families and ongoing supervision and support to the Behaviour Therapists at Progressive Steps Training and Consultation Inc.

 

Judit has over 10 years of experience supporting clients with autism and developmental disabilities in a number of settings, including ABA clinics, schools, daycares, camps and clients’ homes. Judit is passionate about helping her clients expand their skills, increase their independence and improve their life quality. While providing services to her clients, Judit puts a lot of emphasis on implementing needs- and evidence-based practices and providing compassionate care.  

 

In her free time, Judit enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, baking, exercising, practicing and teaching yoga (she is also a certified yoga instructor), reading comic books or watching her favourite TV shows. 

Experience

  • 10+ years providing ABA services 

  • 8+ years supervising social skills programs

  • 6+ years providing training and supervision to behaviour therapists and school staff

  • Behavioural data collection 

  • Implementing ABA strategies 

  • Presented posters at conferences locally 

 

Education & Training

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst

  • Master in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism

  • Precision Teaching

  • Registered Behaviour Technician

  • Post Graduate Program in Autism and Behavioural science

  • Pyramid Picture Exchange Communication Training

  • Master of Arts in German Language and Literature

  • Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnography

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Eric Sapi

M.ADS.

Senior Behaviour Therapist

Eric Sapi is a Senior Behaviour Therapist at Progressive Steps Training & Consultation Inc.  He has a Master’s Degree in Applied Disability Studies, specializing in applied behaviour analysis (ABA). He provides direct assessment and program implementation, program development, and behavioural consultation for clients and their families. 

Eric has a passion for producing meaningful behaviour improvements for his clients and their families. He values providing evidence-based services with an emphasis on safety, rapport building, trustworthiness, empathy, and empowerment. He is ardent on helping clients develop functional living and communication skills to facilitate everyday life. Eric believes that collaborating with clients and caregivers to create ethically sound and individualized services is essential for optimal outcomes.

Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time with family, playing sports, training martial arts, and going for hikes with his dog.  

Experience

  • Providing behavioural analytic services to children, youth, adults and their families including:

    • Individualized skill assessments (e.g., ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, AFLS)

    • Functional Behaviour Assessments (e.g., reduction and replacement of challenging and/or maladaptive behaviours)

    • Behaviour Intervention Plans and individualized skill acquisition programs pertaining to daily living skills (e.g., toileting, school readiness, self-help, and social skills)

    • Consulting with parents and support staff

    • Parent, staff, and professionals training

    • Collaborating with members of a multidisciplinary team to create and facilitate ABA-based services for clients and their families; this team includes OT, PT, SLP, BCBA and Psychology

  • Training staff, care providers, and other professionals on:

    • Naturalistic behavioural interventions.

    • Functional living skills interventions.

    • Challenging behaviour protocols.

    • Antecedent Interventions.

    • Developing Language & Verbal behaviour.

  • Teaching Martial Arts embedded with ABA principles which aim to improve mental health, physical wellness, and addresses key challenges in emotion regulation. 

 

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts honours degree (Psychology)

  • Master of Applied Disability Studies (Specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis)

  • Practical Functional Analysis & Skill Based Treatment of Severe Challenging Behaviour 

  • Nonviolent crisis intervention (CPI)

  • Canadian Red Cross first aid and CPR certified (level C)  

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Brandon Taguibao

Behaviour Therapist, 

Brandon Taguibao is a behaviour therapist at Progressive Steps Training and Consultation Inc. Brandon works directly with children with ASD to help improve their quality of life.

 

When Brandon volunteered in an IBI classroom, he saw firsthand how teaching using applied behavioural analysis was effective and became passionate about teaching clients with developmental disabilities while implementing ABA strategies, as well as making learning as fun as possible for children. Brandon believes that collaboration between fellow professionals and families is the most effective way of enhancing one’s quality of life.

 

Brandon enjoys listening to and playing music, cooking, and loves to travel.

Experience

  • 4+ years as an instructor therapist in home and IBI settings

  • Teaching in small group setting

  • Placement experience 

    • Assessing behaviours in classrooms

    • Training staff in childcare centre

    • Implementing intensive toilet training procedure

 

Education & Training

  • Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Science Technology with Honours

  • CPI Training

  • Precision Teaching

  • Direct Instruction

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