Our services include Intensive Behavioural Intervention at home and at our school (Children’s College), supported inclusion in schools, diagnostic assessments, as well as day programming for young adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to therapeutic services, BI also provides training and consultation to families, professionals, organizations, public/private schools, and residential care facilities.
Mission Statement: To improve the life quality of individuals, families, and their communities through the provision of innovative, evidence-based, and lifelong solutions.
BI was established in September 1998 in response to the growing need for well-supervised, high-quality, ABA-driven services for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities. What had begun out of a small office in Hamilton soon expanded to include Children’s College, a centre-based private school in Toronto, home-based services in southern Ontario, and the provision of a full range of ABA services to families in other regions across Canada, and in other countries.
In 2000, the Behaviour Innovations was successful at its bid to train more than 2000 instructor-therapists hired by the newly formed Regional Programs across the Province. In addition, BI has developed and delivered the following additional training programs:
- A "train-the-trainer" package for training parents of young children with autism
- "Advanced Topics Seminars Series" presented via video-conferencing by leading experts
- A series of seven week long “supervisor internships” to supervisors at Regional Programs.
- Training newly hired staff at Regional Programs on how to take over the training of staff.
- Upgrading and revising the instructor-therapist training material.
In 2002, Behaviour Innovations provided consultation on the training designed by Children’s Mental Health Ontario on best practices for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
We are pleased to announce that effective October 1, 2014, we have changed the name of our business to Behaviour Innovations. We feel this name change is a better reflection of the tone and range of our services and in addition, promotes our positive philosophy on behavioural change. Over the years, the services provided by Behaviour Institute have grown and expanded to a larger population with varying needs for positive behavioural interventions. We continue to provide high quality services to children with ASD and other developmental disabilities at home, and at Children’s College. We also provide supported inclusion in schools, diagnostic assessments, as well as day programming for young adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to therapeutic services, BI also provides training and consultation to families, professionals, organizations, public/private schools, and residential care facilities.
We at Behaviour Innovations look forward to many more years of providing service to the community.
Originally founded by licensed psychologists, Dr. Nicole Walton-Allen and Dr. Joel Hundert, Behaviour Innovations continues to be one of the few privately run ABA services in Ontario with two Board Certified Doctoral level Behavior Analysts and six Master’s level Board Certified Behaviour Analysts on staff.
Dr. Nicole Walton-Allen
Dr. Nicole Walton-Allen is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst- Doctoral level and is an associate member of the Psychology Department at McMaster University. Dr. Nicole also provides behavioural support consultation and supervision to a number of agencies servicing adults with a range of developmental disabilities.
Dr. Joel Hundert
Dr. Joel Hundert is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral level and a past director on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board - an international credentialing organization for behaviour analysts. He is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and associate member of the Psychology Department at McMaster University. Joel has published numerous research articles in scholarly journals, mainly examining variables affecting improvement in the performance of children with ASD. His most recent book is entitled, Inclusion of Students With Autism: Using ABA-Based Supports in General Education, published by PRO-ED (2009). Joel is on the editorial board of several professional journals and in 2012 served as a guest editor for a special edition of the journal, Behavior Modification, which focused on ABA interventions to support children with ASD in general education classrooms.
Behaviour Innovations' front line therapists are comprised of highly-skilled, dedicated individuals who are continually supervised by Senior Clinicians and Coordinators that form the executive team. All executive team members have a Master’s degree, are Board Certified Behaviour Analysts and have had at least five years of experience in a supervisory role.
Donna Chaney, M.A., BCBA, Senior Clinician
Erin Troubridge, M.S., BCBA, Senior Clinician
Sari Rathwell, M.A., BCBA, Senior Clinician/Chief Operating Officer
Marie-Sjaan Berends M.S., BCBA, Behaviour Therapist
Sara Silva, M.A.D.S., BCBA, Senior Clinician
Jacqueline Pachis, M.A., BCBA, Senior Clinician
Rebecca Drouin, M.A., Coordinator, Hub Day Program