As a Senior Therapist I personally work one on one in your home. After talking with you and an assessment of your child's skills I set up a curriculum of ABA programs specific to your child's needs. I will meet with your child and therapist once every two weeks to observe, go over progress and update the program and discuss any other behavioural issues. I provide Program Supervision, and Dr. Jeff Sherman provides Clinical Supervision to families who have hired their own Instructors to run an in-home Intensive Behavioural Intervention Programs under the direct funding option (DFO).
The frequency of my visits to your homes depends on a number of factors, including but not limited to the number of hours your child participates in therapy, the contract guidelines, and the speed by which your child masters programs. Dr. Jeff Sherman, Clinical Psychologist, currently provides Clinical Supervision to our families who are in receipt of The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) funding.
The following service description applies to families who are approved for funding through the OAP and overseen by their local Regional Service Provider, TPAS / CEAP / Kinark, are already receiving funding through the Autism Initiative.
Responsibilities of the Senior Therapist and Psychologist include:
Many charitable foundations offering funding to children diagnosed with autism require monetary accountability and regular progress reports in order to qualify for and maintain approved funding for ABA autism therapy treatment. I am happy to provide any required documentation and provide on-going progress reports of your child's programming at no extra cost.
I will also provide programming for parents who have exited the ABA funding model and want their child to continue receiving ABA therapy. This will help your child to continue their learning in a proven environment. I will also work on goals that were not targeted in the ABA funded program but will help the behavioural, social and communication quality of life for your child and your family.
I consult with schools and other professionals such as speech and occupational therapists, teacher's assistants and teacher's. Knowledge gained will be integrated into the programming and information will be shared to ensure continuity in programming.
I have been working as an instructor therapist under Mary's supervision for two and a half
years. I have worked with Mary in both home based and center based IBI programs. In both
environments Mary has been an incredible person to work with.
From an instructor therapist point of view, Mary has all the qualities, plus more, needed in a senior therapist. Not only is Mary a very compassionate person, she is also very lovely to be around. Mary always ensures that programs are appropriate for each individuals needs and also keeps programs moving at a speed suitable for each learner.
Mary's professionalism is outstanding. During follow-ups I was always guaranteed to receive the correct materials/programs. The progress both parents and myself have seen from her guidance is phenomenal. In between follow-ups she is very responsive through email which has always been a tremendous help. Parents and children also always look forward to seeing Mary.
It is without a doubt that Mary MacNaull's incredible insight, one of a kind work ethic and fantastic interpersonal skills will make her a great asset to any IBI team.