Lead Behaviour Therapist
Garry is a dedicated individual with a strong passion for helping the autism community. With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Trent University and fluency in both English and Tamil, Garry possesses the necessary skills and qualifications to make a meaningful impact.
Garry's personal connection to autism, as his brother is also on the spectrum, has driven his desire to assist and support individuals with autism. Recognizing the importance of specialized intervention, Garry has gained extensive experience in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
Currently working as a Lead Behaviour Therapist at Progressive Steps, Garry implements 1:1 behaviour intervention and therapy programming for children.
In addition to his ABA expertise, Garry has contributed to the welfare of vulnerable youth as a Youth Service Worker. Utilizing a harm reduction and behavioural model, Garry provided individual therapy and group support to promote the development of life skills and social networks.
Garry's commitment to making a difference extends beyond his professional roles. He has volunteered at the University of Toronto's Women's and Trans Center, ensuring a welcoming environment for all. As a Behavioural Assistant at SAAAC, Garry helped educate and support children and adults with special needs.
During his time as a student teacher at Courtice North Public School, Garry worked closely with children with physical disabilities and learning disabilities, assisting in their educational journey.
Garry's dedication to fostering inclusivity and support is evident through his leadership as the President of the Best Buddies chapter at Trent University. As the founder of the Durham Campus and Peterborough Campus chapters, he took charge of administration, delegation of responsibilities, and recruitment of volunteers, aiming to establish strong connections with Best Buddies Canada and Community Living.
Garry's personal experiences, combined with his academic background and extensive practical involvement in the autism community, position him as a valuable advocate and ally for individuals with autism and their families.
Currently undertaking 40-hour RBT course
Experience working with children and adults with autism since grade 7
Personal experience with autism through younger brother
Education & Training
Bachelor's degree in Psychology BA from Trent University
CPR / AED Certificate
Trained in SBT (Structured Behavior Training)
Trained in direct teaching