Bright Beginnings is an independent service that is owned and co-ordinated by myself, Mary MacNaull. I am an experienced professional in the ABA field, with over sixteen years of experience working with children and youth with autism and developmental delays. I have worked with many children with autism spectrum disorder both in centre-based settings and home-based settings. I have worked with a broad range of clients ranging in age from two to eighteen years of age, covering all areas of the spectrum including clients with severe behavioural difficulties.
Dr. Jeff Sherman, is the supervising Clinical Psychologist with whom I have been working with since 2002. Dr. Sherman is responsible for the Clinical Supervision for our DFO families. He is a widely known psychologist active in the Durham Region and the outlying areas, reaching as far as Ottawa. He has worked with children, youths and adults with Autism and other special needs since 1975 and is a well-respected member of the autism treatment community.
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!