Phone: 416-224-5959
Fax: 416-224-2772

Notice to ISAND Families

ISAND has been confirmed as an Essential Service, and  will remain open, providing services during the Province’s “Stay at Home Order” period from January 14 – February 11. Virtual and (limited) in-person sessions will continue. If you are having in-person appointments now, please check with your therapist to see if they will continue. One change that you will notice when coming to the ISAND office is that there won’t be anyone at the front desk during this period, clinicians will greet people coming in for appointments.

Upon arrival, please the complete screening form located on the table at the entrance (unless completed electronically) and wait for therapist. If you need to cancel, contact therapist by e-mail and/or call front desk and leave message stating your name, the therapist, time of appointment and your reason for cancelling.

Clinical Front Desk Assistant – Maternity Leave Coverage

Do you have clinical administration and reception experience? Do you want to be part of an integrated team of professionals that puts families living with autism first?
At ISAND we’re passionate about working with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people.

We are seeking an experienced Clinical Front Desk Assistant who is client focused, friendly, professional and capable of managing a wide range of administrative activities. This position is often one of the first points of contact with our clients. To be successful in this role, you have strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. You appreciate attention to detail, thrive in a busy environment and work comfortably as a team player and are able to provide our clients with exceptional care. This position reports to the Manager of Finance and Administration, and involves collaboration with families, clinical team members, service and program managers and administrative staff.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage reception area and client needs by maintaining a warm and welcoming and professional environment for clients, staff and visitors, and answering questions by telephone, email, and in person.
  • Manage and maintain schedules for our Development Medical Care team and other clinicians as required, including booking appointments, managing cancellation and follow-up lists, and assisting in managing placement schedules for medical students on rotation at ISAND.
  • Manage internal and external referrals to our Developmental Medical Care team, including communicating with referring physicians and client families, creating new client files, and maintaining referrals database.
  • Maintain client records (both hard copy and electronic) by obtaining, recording and updating all applicable information; ensure client confidentiality of personal and financial information.
  • Serve as liaison between client families and our Developmental Medical Care team around prescription renewals, reports, referrals, and other enquiries in a friendly, professional and timely manner.
  • Perform administrative duties including registration, filing, scanning, faxing, photocopying and managing the flow of correspondence.
  • Collaborate with clinical team members to ensure high-quality, well-coordinated client care and problem resolution.
  • Perform various accounting-related functions such as recording and collecting client charges and administering daily management reports.
  • As an essential workplace, in addition to virtual therapy sessions, ISAND continues to offer some in-person options. The Clinical Front Desk Assistant will be physically present on-site up to three days per week, following all recommended COVID-19 protocols. (Will revert to all hours working on-site once it has been deemed safe to do so)

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Post-secondary education or acceptable relevant education and training in health administration.
  • 3+ years of experience in a clinical and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex schedules for multiple physicians and/or clinicians.
  • Sound judgment and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to organize, manage, prioritize and multi-task a wide range of assignments with high efficiency, accuracy and timeliness.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that will support a team of clinical professionals.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook and experience with scheduling and billing systems – Practice Perfect will be considered an asset.
  • Experience with electronic records management (ERM).
  • Knowledge of autism and/or neurodevelopmental disorders will be considered an asset.

APPLICATION PROCESS
If you are inspired by helping to meet the important needs of families living with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and are ready to contribute to a dynamic and growing organization, please attach a single file with your resume and cover letter titled: Clinical Front Desk Assistant (R21-01) *and email it to careers @isand.ca. This posting will remain open until the position has been filled. ISAND strives to create an accommodating and inclusive workplace and we commit to merit, transparency and inclusivity in our recruitment processes to ensure equal opportunity for all of our applicants. We thank all applicants for their interest, however; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Are you a SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST with experience working directly with school and pre-school aged children with ASD and provided coaching & supports to their parents? Have you experience facilitating social groups? Do you want to be part of an integrated team of professionals working collaboratively and putting families first? Are you ready to explore a career that can impact lives, including your own? If you are, then be a part of our story. At ISAND we’re passionate about working with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people.

POSITION: Speech-Language Pathologist
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Independent Contractor
LOCATION: Toronto (Yonge/Finch)
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Minimum 5 Years

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Minimum of 5 years of experience working with adolescents, school and pre-school aged children having autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders in clinic, home, community and school
based settings;
• Education: Master’s Degree in SLP
• CASLPO registration (in good standing) is required;
• Specific training and/or experience in the area of social skills intervention, Social Thinking © methodology preferred;
• Knowledge of or experience with: AAC; Hanen; ESDM considered an asset;
• Demonstrated ability to conduct assessments and implement interventions for: motor speech; language; and functional communication;
• Ability to manage and/or contribute to reduction of challenging behaviours within various intervention settings by supporting communication needs and skills;
• Demonstrated ability to provide both in-person and virtual interventions for individuals and small groups;
• Experience working in an interdisciplinary team setting;
• Strong interpersonal skills that will support collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of professionals;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Experience supporting children with complex needs and their families;
• Demonstrated experience providing coaching, feedback and support to families;
• Mature and responsible approach towards work;
• Strong self-motivation, enthusiasm and creativity with a willingness to explore novel program development, and collaborative problem solving;
• Demonstrated ability to provide education to parents, teachers and other involved persons;
• Experience working with an electronic records system;
• Current Vulnerable Sector and Police Check and ability to travel to home and community-based settings;
• Willingness to work into evening and/or weekend if required;
• Experience working with adults with ASD is considered an asset

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
• With the assistance of parents and other clinicians develop and implement individualized intervention programs;
• Provide professional reporting on consultation, assessment, planning and intervention activities
• Provide SLP interventions to adolescent, school and pre-school aged children individually and in small groups, in home and community-based settings; and via virtual care platform (i.e., Zoom)
• Collaborate with clinical team members to ensure high-quality, well-integrated client care and problem resolution for the unique needs of each family;
• Participate in regular clinical team meetings and assist in the development of creative solutions to family challenges;
• Provide parent coaching, feedback and support;
• Support positive working relationships among clinical and administrative teams, client families, and community professionals;
• Contribute positively to the ongoing growth and development of ISAND.

INTERESTED? HERE’S HOW TO APPLY
If you are inspired to join our team in helping to meet the needs of families of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and are ready to contribute to a dynamic organization, please attach a single file (Word or PDF format) with your resume along with a cover letter titled: SLP (R20-10) and email it to careers@isand.ca by Monday, January 25, 2021.

Early Intervention Behaviour Therapist

Do you want to be part of an integrated team of professionals providing early intervention? Are you ready to explore a career that can impact lives, including your own? Are you a Behaviour Therapist, an Early Childhood Educator (ECE), Communication Disorders Assistant (CDA) or a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT)? If you are, then be a part of our story. At ISAND we’re passionate about working with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people.

POSITION: Early Intervention Behaviour Therapist
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full time, salaried with benefits
LOCATION: Toronto
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Minimum 2 Years

THE OPPORTUNITY
We are seeking an enthusiastic Behaviour Therapist to work as part of our Early Intervention Team to provide services and supports for families of children living with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The Behaviour Therapist will work within a naturalistic, integrated and collaborative model. This position will report to ISAND’s Early Intervention BCBA Senior Therapist and Clinical Psychologist. ISAND offers a supportive interdisciplinary environment with opportunities to develop your skills through a comprehensive supervision and training program.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Postsecondary education in a related field.
• Knowledge of applied behaviour analysis, autism spectrum disorder and child development.
• Experience and desire to participate in natural, child-led approaches to behavioural intervention.
• Strong interpersonal skills that will support collaboration with a multidisciplinary team ofprofessionals.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Committed and responsible approach towards work.
• Experience with naturalistic developmental behavioural interventions (NDBI) such as Pivotal Response Treatment, Early Start Denver Model, Incidental Teaching, JASPER and/or Project ImPACT is strongly preferred.
• Current Vulnerable Sector and Police Check and ability to travel to home and community-based settings.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assist in the development of individualized intervention programs based on the principles of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Intervention (NDBI).
• Provide NDBI to children both individually and in small groups, in home and community-based settings.
• Collaborate with clinical team members to ensure high-quality, well-integrated client care and problem resolution for the unique needs of each family.
• Participate in regular clinical team meetings and assist in the development of creative solutions tofamily challenges.
• Participate in the rigorous collection and analysis of data.
• Document and report to clinical supervisor and parents on children’s developmental progress.
• Support positive working relationships among clinical and administrative teams, client families, and community professionals.
• Opportunity to participate in other programs and services (e.g. Social Peers groups)
• Contribute positively to the ongoing growth and development of ISAND.

INTERESTED? HERE’S HOW TO APPLY
If you are inspired to join our team in helping to meet the needs of families of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and are ready to contribute to a dynamic organization, please attach a single file (Word or PDF format) with your resume along with a cover letter titled: Behaviour Therapist (R20-07) and email it to careers@isand.ca by Monday, January 18, 2021. ISAND strives to create an accommodating and inclusive workplace and we commit to merit, transparency and inclusivity in our recruitment processes to ensure equal opportunity for all of our applicants. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

Senior Therapist (BCBA)

Are you a BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYST (BCBA) with experience working directly with individuals with ASD and their families? Do you have experience providing clinical supervision to other Behaviour clinicians? Do you want to be part of an integrated team of professionals working collaboratively and putting families first? Are you ready to explore a career that can impact lives, including your own? If you are, then be a part of our story. At ISAND we’re passionate about working with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people.

POSITION: Senior Therapist (BCBA)
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Independent Contractor
LOCATION: Toronto (Yonge/Finch)
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Minimum 5 Years

THE OPPORTUNITY
We are seeking an enthusiastic BCBA to work as part of our interdisciplinary team providing services and supports to children, teens, and young adults living with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and their families. The BCBA will work within a collaborative model to ensure coordinated access across disciplines as appropriate. ISAND offers a supportive interdisciplinary environment with opportunities to develop your skills through comprehensive supervision and collaborative opportunities.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Minimum of 5 years of experience working with children, teens, and young adults having autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders in clinic, home, community and school settings;
• Education: Master’s Degree: in Psychology; Applied Disability Studies; ABA; or another related field;
• BCBA certification is required;
• Specific training and/or experience in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis is required;
• Demonstrated ability to conduct functional assessments and develop & implement resulting positive behaviour support plans;
• Demonstrated ability to provide in-person and virtual therapy;
• Demonstrated experience providing coaching and mentoring to other Behaviour clinicians, and other disciplines as required;
• Experience working in an interdisciplinary team setting;
• Strong interpersonal skills that will support collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of professionals;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Experience supporting individuals with complex needs and their families;
• Demonstrated experience providing coaching, feedback and support to families;
• Mature and responsible approach towards work;
• Strong self-motivation, enthusiasm and creativity;
• Experience providing naturalistic developmental behavioural interventions would be considered an asset;
• Demonstrated ability to provide education to parents/caregivers, teachers and other involved persons;
• Experience working with teens and young adults with ASD is preferred;
• Current Vulnerable Sector and Police Check and ability to travel to home and community-based settings.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
• With the assistance of Behaviour Consultants, parents/caregivers, and other relevant staff, develop individualized intervention programs based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis
• Provide ABA-based interventions individually and in small groups, in home and community-based settings;
• Collaborate with clinical team members to ensure high-quality, well-integrated client care and problem resolution for the unique needs of each family;
• Participate in regular clinical team meetings and assist in the development of creative solutions to family challenges;
• Participate in the rigorous collection and analysis of data;
• Provide parent coaching, feedback and support;
• Support positive working relationships among clinical and administrative teams, client families, and community professionals;
• Contribute positively to the ongoing growth and development of ISAND.

INTERESTED? HERE’S HOW TO APPLY
If you are inspired to join our team in helping to meet the needs of families of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and are ready to contribute to a dynamic organization, please attach a single file (Word or PDF format) with your resume along with a cover letter titled: Senior Therapist (BCBA) (R20-09) and email it to careers@isand.ca by Thursday, January 21, 2021.

Holland Bloorview and Sick Kids offers COVID Testing for Children with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The complementary nature of the collaboration between Holland Bloorview and SickKids means more choice for children and youth with medical complexity and developmental conditions, and their families, in the following ways:

·         Booking an appointment by calling one central number: 416-419-4623. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, staffed by Holland Bloorview and SickKids staff.

·         The option for testing at a downtown (SickKids) location during daytime hours (Monday to Friday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or uptown (Holland Bloorview) location during some evening hours (Monday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

·         Having the testing swab taken inside the vehicle or tent outside (SickKids) or in an indoor setting (Holland Bloorview).

Thank You to All of Our 2020 Hope Campaign Donors

Up to December 18, more than $24,000 has been collected from:

Individuals

Jeffrey Alpert Cindy Bieber Jon Bricker Bob Butella
Vivian Cafazzo Tina Capobianco Michelle Caskie Maya and Steve Castle
Glen Dalzell Rita Dann Elia DiLoreto Kelly D’Souza
Vivian Ellis Brian Fiset Alex George David Gray
Marion Greenberg Lou Guadagni Umma Habiba Silham Haddad
Christian Hernandez Murray Irving Tammy Kemp Angela Lai
Mary Mallin Steve McDonald Michael Miller Leah Miltchin
Saul Muskat Gail Nixon Karan Puri Oscar Rombola
Beatrice Sanchez Peter Stabins Manon Thivierge Jackie Ventresca
Michelle Volpatti Kenneth Young Pat Zita  

Corporations    

  • Caledon Hills Private Wealth – Holliswealth
  • eCapital Fright Factoring
  • Effective Professional Consulting Group
  • Hop Skip Marketing
  • JC Enterprises
  • JD Factors
  • Phenix Group

ISAND nominated for 2020 International Peace Award

The International Peace Awards, presented by the Gandian Initiative for Development of Support Services (GIDSS), aim to promote Peace, Harmony and Community Service around the world. There are thousands of people around the world who are dedicating their lives to help the needy and marginalized groups without any personal gain. Through these awards, their efforts will be acknowledged and brought before others to inspire similar initiatives.

ISAND has been nominated for this prestigious award in the category of Disability Empowerment in recognition of our adaptability in providing services during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Winners to be announced at the awards ceremony to be held January 2, 2021.

Anthony’s Story

When a child is born, there are hopes and dreams for the future. Often times when a child has been diagnosed with a condition like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), families feel uncertainty, and maybe even despair about the future of their child.

ISAND is not just in the business of providing leading edge therapies to children with ASD, we are also in the business of providing HOPE to their families. Here’s a story that we heard from a parent of a teen with ASD

For years we’ve been concerned that Anthony will have nowhere to go and nothing meaningful to do when he finishes school. Through his involvement with ISAND, we see Anthony grow and flourish and we now realize that there are possibilities for him after highschool. ISAND has given us hope and direction for the future.

ISAND needs your help to continue to provide HOPE to families like Anthony’s. Your contribution today will ensure that we can continue to provide help and HOPE for families who desperately need it.

Please donate today.