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Fax: 416-224-2772

*New* – ISAND Clinician Updates

There are several recent and upcoming Clinician changes at ISAND that I’d like to update you about. I’d also like to inform you that you can read biographical information on all of our Clinicians by visiting the ISAND website – www.isand.ca, and looking at the Team page under the “about Us” tab. For information on clinicians that have more recently become ISAND Team Members you can also read our Spring/Summer 2021 newsletter which can also be found on our website under the “News and Events” tab, Newsletter page. 

Medical Team

Dr. Wendy Roberts, MD., FRCPC: Dr. Roberts is a developmental paediatrician, researcher, mentor and author specializing in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder. As one of the founders of ISAND, Dr. Roberts has provided medical expertise to a huge number of clients over the years. Some of you may know that Dr. Roberts is stepping back from active medical consultation and treatment this June.  Thankfully, Wendy will continue to provide mentoring and consultation to the Dr.’s who will be taking over her case load for an undetermined length of time.

Recruitment efforts are underway to find a developmental paediatrician(s) to join ISAND, and assume Dr. Robert’s paediatric case load. Dr. Dara Abells will be assuming medical responsibility for some of the older clients on Wendy’s case load with transition meetings having started. 

Dr. Dara Abells, MD. CCFP and Dr. Graham Gaylord, MD: Both are family physicians who have done additional study with young people who have ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The will provide services to ISAND clients on a part time basis. We’re happy to announce that both Dr. Abells and Dr. Gaylord will be extending their time commitment to ISAND very soon.

Dr. Dana Frisch, MD., FRCPC: Will be taking a leave starting in June 2021. A number of people from her caseload will transition to Dr. Abells or Dr. Gaylord, while others will be referred to their paediatrician/family doctor.

Speech and Language Services

Our newest clinician is Joanna Ticker, M.S.Ed., SLP. Reg. CASLPO. Joanna is an experienced and passionate clinician working with the pediatric population and their families to support diverse communication needs including: language, motor speech, social communication, fluency, and voice.

Although we added one new clinician, we recently lost the services of Maija Gulens, Jessica Loo-Yong-Kee, and

Ali Schwabe. ISAND is in the recruitment process to find new clinicians that will be added to our strong, experienced SLP team.

Behaviour Services

Our newest Behavioural Consultant is Sheila Condon M.A., BCBA, who joins ISAND with a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise. Sheila specializes in family centred programming, parent coaching, teaching skills in a natural environment, and functional behavioural assessments.

We are delighted to welcome back to ISAND after a short time away our Behavioural Consultant, Kelsey Ferguson M.ADS., BCBA, bringing with her a lengthy and varied background. As a longstanding team member at ISAND, Kelsey has worked with a large number of clients, providing behavioural help across a wide range of needs and age groups.

Occupational Therapy

Also returning to ISAND after a two year educational leave is, Jigna Bhatt BSc. O.T., MSc. Yoga, OTR, O.T. Reg (Ont.), bringing more than twenty years of Occupational Therapy experience. Jigna predominantly works with children and young people with autism spectrum disorder and complex neurodevelopmental disorder to maximize their development and independence. She has extensive experience working with sensory processing issues.

Message from Executive Director, Bob Butella

As Ontario enters a four week State of Emergency, and enacts a “Stay at Home” order, I’d like to confirm that ISAND will remain open for both virtual and in-person appointments and has put the following safety measures in place.

ISAND will continue to offer in-person assessment and treatment when it has been determined to be clinically necessary and when all parties agree to participate following all safety protocols (see Protocols on COVID-19 Tab of the website);

The determination of “Clinically Necessary” is made by the clinician when he or she has determined that teletherapy is ineffective. In this case, there are health (including mental health), safety (e.g. risk of aggression) and/or significant regression issues. There are also specific (e.g. psychological and medical) assessments that can’t be conducted remotely

In-person group sessions of no more than three participants can be considered where: it has been deemed clinically necessary; social distancing can be maintained; and PPE is worn; ISAND will continue to offer virtual assessment and treatment whenever possible.

ISAND Reacts to Minassian Verdict

It is with some relief that Justice Anne Molloy ruled against the Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) plea used by the defence of John Doe (Alex Minassian) because of his ASD diagnosis. John Doe was found guilty today of all charges laid against him for the April 2018 van attack in Toronto in which ten people were killed and sixteen others wounded.

We hope that today’s verdict brings some measure of closure to the families of the victims.

The defence team argued that Mr. Doe, did not know that his actions were morally wrong. In her sixty eight (68) page verdict, Justice Molloy was clearly of the opinion that Mr. Doe thought about the crimes he was going to commit, put in significant planning and considered the consequences of his actions. “Mr. Doe, understands that death is permanent. He understood the impact that his actions would have on his family and the families of his victims. He knew that what he was planning do to was morally wrong by society’s standards”, said Justice Molloy when presenting her verdict.

Although a measure of justice has been served, many in the autism community are concerned about the lasting impact of the defence strategy. Incorrect perceptions about people on the spectrum lacking empathy, or being violent were somehow reinforced by the defence tactics and the media coverage. The fact that Mr. Doe’s on-line radicalization, his quest to be famous, and his misogyny were the significant factors behind his crimes, may, unfortunately, be overshadowed by his diagnosis of ASD.

It’s up to each and every one of us to take every opportunity that we have to inform the public of the real factors behind these horrific accidents.

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.

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.

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. 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 AlpertCindy BieberJon BrickerBob Butella
Vivian CafazzoTina CapobiancoMichelle CaskieMaya and Steve Castle
Glen DalzellRita DannElia DiLoretoKelly D’Souza
Vivian EllisChristine Fischer GuyBrian FisetAlex George
Nora GoldJeffrey GoodDavid GrayMarion Greenberg
Lou GuadagniUmma HabibaSilham HaddadSusan Harris
Christian HernandezMurray IrvingTammy KempAngela Lai
Amhlaoibh LynchMary MallinUmberto MartiniSteve McDonald
Michael MillerLeah MiltchinMike MoranSaul Muskat
Gail NixonKaran PuriBarry RichlerOscar Rombola
Matthew RosenbergBeatrice SanchezAlexandra SchwabeRosanna Soda
Peter StabinsManon ThiviergeGordon TurnerJackie Ventresca
Michelle VolpattiKenneth YoungPat Zita 

Corporations    

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

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.