Bright Beginnings provides Autism Services to clients in Durham, Kawartha Lakes, Quinte and Northumberland regions and is based out of Cobourg Ontario.
Bright Beginnings is an independent service that is owned and co-ordinated by myself, Mary MacNaull. My focus is on educating family members about the various principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. I provide program supervision to families who have hired their own Instructor Therapists to run in-home Intensiive Behavioural Intervention Programs (IBI or ABA). I encourage the involvement of the parents while addressing questions and concerns in regards to their children's programs, behaviors, and overall development. Through regular home visits I assist in educating parents on evidence-based teaching strategies, and welcome the involvement of a parents as well as their input and ideas for their child's future goals.
My mission is to provide high quality and effective programming, that is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, to clients and their families. Programming is specifically designed and individualized for each child's specialized learning needs. I provide the training, tools and resources needed to meet the everyday challenges of raising a child with autism. My programming helps children learn the academic, social, and daily living skills necessary in daily life. I strive to deliver these effective interventions with compassion, expertise, and professionalism.
Mary has been the Senior Therapist, supervising the IBI Program for a young boy to whom I've
been the Instructor Therapist for the past four years. Although, Mary only started supervising
his program in this past year, during this time the child has made significant gains, progressing
at a steady pace.
I believe the difference in the child's progress is that Mary listens and responds to the wishes of the people that know the child best. Even though originally, his speech was not clear, Mary identified that he was being consistent in his verbal responses and provided programming at a verbal level. With the extra verbal practice, his speech has improved significantly and he is responding at a sentence level a great deal of the time.
The child is feeling proud of his gains and is willing to attempt new programs more readily. I would highly recommend Mary as a Senior Therapist. Her experience and ability to relate to the families on her caseload is superior!