SUPERMINDS AUTISM THERAPY CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Andrea Talpos, M.Ed, BCBA®
FOUNDER OF SUPERMINDS & CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Andrea holds a Master of Education Degree (M.Ed) from University of Western Ontario, specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc) from University of Toronto, specializing in Developmental and Child Psychology.
Andrea is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA®) and has advanced training in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), and training in Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She is a member of the Ontario Association of Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).
Along with providing consulting services to elementary school teachers and families of school-aged children, Andrea is an Ontario Autism Program Clinical Supervisor with a vast range clinical experience working for both ministry- and privately-funded programs since 2010. Her clinical experience entails designing and implementing effective individualized social and educational programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other neuro-developmental delays such as ADD/ADHD, Angelman’s syndrome, and Down Syndrome.
- Shaping challenging behaviour, including aggressive and self-injurious behaviour (SIB)
- Teaching self-awareness and self-regulation strategies
- Language and communication development
- Higher order processing development
- Sleep coaching
- Toilet training
- Lamp, TouchChat, Proloquo2Go, PECS
- “More than Words”
- The Zones of Regulation®
- Social Thinking®
- Handwriting Without Tears®
- Assessments: diagnostic, curricular, behavioural, social, adaptive
SUPERMINDS AUTISM THERAPY CLINICAL TEAM
YOUR CHILD’S AUTISM THERAPY TEAM
Clinical Supervisor. Your child’s clinical supervisor is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® who analyzes your child’s specific behaviours and learning habits to create a comprehensive treatment program that meets your child’s specific needs in any area of their life. For example, the team can work on increasing functional and prosocial behaviours while reducing behaviours that are harmful or interfere with learning. For privately funded clients, a clinical supervisor is not required, however one can be made available.
Supervising Therapist. Your child’s supervising therapist is a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst® or a highly trained behavioural consultant with a master’s degree in education or related field. Supervising therapists oversee your child’s treatment program, provide parent training, monitor progress, supervise and train behaviour therapists, and act as a clinical liaison, at the request of the parents, with community agencies/schools.
Behaviour Therapist(s). Your child’s behaviour therapists work directly with your child to provide direct therapy as guided by the supervising therapist and clinical supervisor. They hold an Autism and Behavioural Sciences Diploma and/or a degree/diploma in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and are either Registered Behaviour Technicians (RBTs) or are trained to become RBTs.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) specialize in your child’s communication needs, such as speech delays and disorders, language delays, fluency delays (for example stuttering), voice and resonance, swallowing and feeding disorders, cognitive- communicative disorders, and pre-literacy and literacy skills.
Occupational Therapists (OT) can help your child with their gross motor and fine motor needs. OTs assess your child for things such as physical abilities, balance and coordination, mental abilities such as memory, coping strategies and organizational skills. OTs also focus on helping teach daily life skills to individuals with ASD.
SERVICES WE OFFER
OUR AUTISM THERAPY PRINCIPLES & VALUES
IN-HOME & COMMUNITY BASED AUTISM THERAPY PROGRAMS TO PROMOTE LONG LASTING CHANGE
THE BENEFITS OF IN HOME AND COMMUNITY AUTISM THERAPY PROGRAMS
Skills children develop in a closed and controlled environment, i.e. centre based programs, often do not transfer to parents, siblings, caregivers or other locations in the natural environment where a child has difficulty, e.g. school, grocery stores, malls, etc.
In some cases, children may display an increase of challenging behaviour and loss of acquired skills in the natural environment when learning only occurs in a closed and controlled environment.
This makes learning natural and stimulating, and produces a long lasting change unparalleled to centre based programs.
We provide in-home and community based Autism therapy programs in Simcoe County, Caledon, York Region & surrounding areas.
*Online learning options are available for eligible students
DO YOU OFFER CENTRE BASED PROGRAMS?
Yes. We offer centre based programs for children that require more specialized services that mandate a more controlled environment, such as those focused on managing extreme challenging behaviour (aggression, self-injury).
In such instances, centre based services are provided on a short term basis and an emphasis is placed on graduating students into our community based programs.
Our centre is located in Barrie, Ontario. Admission into the centre based program is subject to availability.
FAMILY & CAREGIVER TRAINING: HANDS ON THROUGH OUR PROGRAMS OR ONLINE
ON SITE OR VIRTUAL PARENT-CHILD COACHING
Our evidence based social and educational programs incorporate parent and caregiver training every step of the way. Families are trained to use the same strategies we use, allowing to foster long lasting change.
This ensures we pass our knowledge onto our famiies, through modelling and practice (exactly how we teach our kiddos!), enabling families to apply their new knowledge when we are not around.
If a child is not enrolled in a Superminds program or if you are a parent that just wants extra support, our BCBAs are also available for direct on site (Simcoe, Caledon or York Region) or off site (virtual) parent child coaching consultations.
EASY TO FOLLOW ONLINE TUTORIALS FOR FAMILIES
For families that are not enrolled in the Superminds program, but want to get a head start, we designed an online learning platform that provides families access to a massive library of resources that we use daily with our kiddos and families.
Families can access the tutorials at their own pace, on their own time. Clinical supervisors are available for in person or online (ZOOM) consultations at any point to provide individualized support.
To find out more about our training portal, click here.
Group, individual, or remote mentorship, training and supervision available for therapists looking to pursue their RBT®, BCaBA®, BCBA® certification.