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JENNIFER WYATT

JENNIFER WYATT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Telephone: +1 613-224-0729 ext. 226
jennifer@tipes.ca

Jennifer Wyatt is the Executive Director and co-founder of TIPES, Canada. As Executive Director, Jennifer takes a lead role in community relations and corporate sponsorship development. Jennifer also specializes in assessing children with Autism and additional exceptionalities, and developing appropriate programs designed to facilitate learning.

Jennifer has an Honours degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, focusing on Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, with a minor in Psychology. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling, from Yorkville University. She has completed post-graduate work in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Pennsylvania State University and Nova Southeastern University. Jennifer was supervised by Cherish Twigg, BCBA of Establishing Operations and works closely with Dr. Jeff Sherman, Clinical Psychologist.

Jennifer’s contribution to her local community has been widely acknowledged. As co-founder of TIPES, she has been a finalist for both Citizen of the Year and Community Support /Non-Profit Organization Business Choice Awards for 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was recognized by Ottawa Life Magazine as Number One of the Top 25 People in the Capital. In 2018 Jennifer was recognized by the Rotary Club of West Ottawa for outstanding service to families and communities.

Jennifer’s mission is to offer educational and social integration services for children with Autism and/or additional exceptionalities to the Ottawa community.

DEBORAH WYATT

DEBORAH WYATT

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Deborah Wyatt is the Director of Education, co-founder and Senior Therapist of TIPES, Canada. As an associate of Dr Jeff Sherman, a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of ABA experience, Deborah has extensive experience in developing programs for children with Autism and/or additional exceptionalities, anxieties and depression under his supervision. As Senior Therapist, she is responsible for performing child assessments and providing professional feedback to Instructor Therapists. Deborah also provides coaching and tutoring for children with ADD or ADHD and training for parents with children with Autism and/or additional exceptionalities. Deborah plays a pivotal role in fundraising for TIPES and is charged with the oversight of fundraising initiatives as part of the Fundraising Committee. In 2011, Deborah founded Edelweiss Private Academy, a private school that allows children with exceptionalities to access the curriculum prescribed by the Ontario Ministry of Education while also participating in a setting that encourages social skills.

Deborah graduated from Wilfred University with an honours degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education focusing on children with exceptionalities, as well as a minor in Psychology. More recently, Deborah graduated from Pennsylvania State University after completing post-graduate coursework in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Deborah is currently studying to pursue national certification in behavior analysis and has traveled North America to receive professional development in assisting children with exceptionalities. She has also had training to work with children with learning disabilities, vision impairment and verbal behaviour.

Deborah’s contribution to her local community has been widely acknowledged. As co-founder of TIPES, she has been a finalist for both Citizen of the Year and Community Support /Non-Profit Organization Business Choice Awards for 2010 and 2011. TIPES was also a finalist for Non- Profit Organization Business Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, she was recognized by Ottawa Life Magazine as the Number One of the Top 25 People in the Capital. In addition, Deborah was humbled to receive the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of her support to her community in 2014.

Deborah’s mission is to continue servicing children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other exceptionalities in order to provide them with the best educational services possible.

DR. JEFF SHERMAN

DR. JEFF SHERMAN

ASSOCIATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

magus_7@rogers.com

Dr. Jeff Sherman was born in Toronto and was raised in both Toronto and Montreal. He started his schooling at McGill University, finishing with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He then moved to Toronto to complete a Masters in Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from York University. It was at this time Dr Sherman began his career as a psychologist in the Autism Unit at Thistletown Regional Centre in Toronto. Dr Sherman developed the TRE ADD program which was one of the first comprehensive treatment programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).

Dr. Sherman has been a practicing psychologist for over 30 years. He currently resides in Ottawa where he provides a full range of services such as diagnostic assessments, supervision, consultation, treatment planning and workshops.

Over the years, Dr. Sherman has gained extensive experience from working with a variety of clinical populations including PDD, Oppositional Defiant Disorders (ODD), anxiety disorders, ADHD, sports psychology, forensic experience, learning disabilities and depression. He is a well respected psychologist and pioneer in the field of ASD.

Specific to ASD, Dr. Sherman provides diagnostic assessment, consultation and supervision of Intensive Behavioural Instruction (IBI) programmes using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) approaches. He works with various teams and centres as the supervising Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Sherman helped to develop the South Eastern Regional Autism Programme and served as the regional Clinical Supervisor for the same. He is the consultant and Supervising Psychologist for several Renfrew area services. Dr. Sherman provides psychological supervision to clients at TIPES.

Dr. Sherman has been involved in various research projects in the field of psychology. He has multiple publications in the area of ASD including, “Research in Prompt” with Deborah Hayden (Hayden & Sherman, 1983).

Dr. Sherman has several years of experience as a professor at the University of Toronto, Faculties of Medicine and Education, and York University. Today he offers workshops and training nationwide.

Dr. Sherman is a part of multiple organizations including The Ontario Psychological Association, The Association for the Advancement of Behaviour Therapy and The Association for Direct Instruction.

Dr Sherman can be contacted at:

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205B-290 Picton Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 6X3
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TIPES

Phone: +1 613-224-0729
Email: magus_7@rogers.com

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH TIPES:

TUTORING

Chronic failure can challenge the self-worth of even the most initially resilient child. Early detection, intervention, and modification are critical in repairing self-esteem and the motivation to engage willingly in school, and to reverse the effects created by daily exposure to the result of failure to learn basic skills in reading, writing, spelling, math and organization. TIPES uses educational methodologies that have been shown to be amongst the most successful means of teaching basic academic skills to children who have experienced learning difficulties. TIPES has the capabilities to properly assess the causes of learning disabilities, implement programs of strategic instruction through tutoring and home schooling, to implement effective programs of skill acquisition and to communicate the results of instruction to schools.

DEFIANT CHILD TRAINING

One of the most frequently reported problems of child development is oppositional behaviour. Although there are typical ages when opposition to adult authority is typical, the defiance of some children is a challenge to their future wellbeing. Dysfunctional oppositional behaviour can lead to problems within the family, at school and in the community. Defiant children present clear risks to their own future adjustment. Defiant behaviour leaves in its wake depression, problems with the law, school failure and many other significant difficulties. TIPES offers parents a research-based, systematic program for the strategic management of oppositional behaviour. Children learn to cooperate with their parents and teachers and meet functional, pro-social goals.

ADD/ADHD COACHING

ADHD affects the day to day functioning of people in many ways. Although individuals with ADHD most often know what they should do to be successful, they lack the ability to plan and execute their knowledge. TIPES offers help in the form of coaching:

-Teaching how to establish goals
-Teaching how to initiate and maintain action plans designed to meet the goals
-Practicing patterns of adaptive behaviour
-Teaching self-help strategies necessary to achieve the predetermined goals

Coaching is recognized as an effective means of helping people with ADHD to meet the potential that is often recognized but frequently not achieved.

COACHING/COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN WITH ANXIETY, MOOD PROBLEMS, AND FEARS

Many children have difficulty participating in life due to social anxieties, lack of self-confidence and fears. A number of such children are sad, irritable and withdrawn. We offer a number of strategies to help children cope with these problems and overcome these difficulties. We also work with families to ensure the long term maintenance of improvement.

The following is a client testimonial from a parent in regards to this coaching/counselling program:

“Our daughter, Rachel was diagnosed with depression at the age of 10, and as part of her treatment, it was recommended that she receive counseling to help her manage her emotions, and to increase her self-confidence and self-esteem. Deborah of TIPES came highly recommended to act as her “life-coach” to provide her with the tools she needs to learn in order to cope with the stresses of everyday life. Deborah has also spent time with the entire family and provided us with different approaches to help us cope with her constant changing behaviors. She continues to provide us with techniques on the best way to interact with Rachel when she is not having a good day. Deborah listens to Rachel and quickly adapts the programming to fit Rachel and her personality. She is able to recognize what Rachel may need by way of support, and includes Rachel in the decision-making of the various strategies available to her. Rachel has only been in the program for a few months, but we have noticed a positive change in her. She enjoys going to see Deborah each week, and we look forward to celebrating future successes!”

MARNIE POTTER

MARNIE POTTER

FAMILY SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Telephone: +1 613-224-0729 ext. 228
marnie@tipes.ca

Marnie has extensive experience as a Community Developer, Wrap Around Facilitator, Event Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator and Project Manager. She has a Masters of Social Work from Carleton University and a Management Certificate from the Sprott School of Business. Marnie has worked in diverse communities in the Ottawa area for over 20 years and has particular skills in Systems Navigation, specifically with respect to the Health and Mental Health Systems. She has a background in facilitating groups for children, youth and parents, with a focus on  chronic illness, LGBTTQ* issues and ASD and other disabilities.

She works from a strength based, problem solving perspective while taking a close look at the intersectionalities that exist in peoples’ lives and the barriers that exist for some of our most vulnerable families.

If you are looking for workshops, group facilitation, training or counseling, please get in touch with Marnie to discuss your needs.

SALEEMA GILTINAN

SALEEMA GILTINAN

MINDFULNESS COUNSELLOR AND PARENT TRAINING

Telephone: +1 613 – 224 – 0729 ext: 233
saleema@tipes.ca

Saleema (Eileen) Giltinan has over thirty five years of experience working as a mindfulness counselor. She received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. Eileen uses a compassion based approach that integrates mind, body and spirit. Her counseling style helps people recognize the thought based assumptions that constrict and sabotage healthy interpersonal relationships. Teaching her clients the power of compassionate thought patterns, she helps them to cultivate empathy and patience as they gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others. She also teaches her clients the art of using contemplative meditation techniques that can help them eliminate fear and stress.

Eileen has traveled extensively through India, Europe and the United States. She lived in northern India for five years and studied the diverse cultural and religious practices of the region. This experience taught her to see the similarities we all share regardless of race, creed or nationality, and to recognize the beauty of humanity’s interconnectedness. This appreciation of diversity lead her to focus on the things people have in common rather than on the differences that separate and isolate people from one and other.

In her spare time Eileen writes poetry and treatises on spiritual practices for adults and children. She loves animals, enjoys being in nature, hiking, and spending time strumming on her harp.

LYNLEA LANGE

LYNLEA LANGE

BCBA SUPERVISING SENIOR THERAPIST

Telephone: +1 613- 224 – 0729 ext: 225
lynlea@tipes.ca

Lynlea has spent the past 15 years working with children with exceptionalities. Her experience includes ABA/IBI instructor therapist, supervision in an intensive needs residential program, home-based therapy, and most recently, Lynlea has spent 5 years working in public schools in Vermont, developing IBI programs for individuals within a school setting, and teaching her learners the skills needed to successfully reintegrate them into their general education classes.

Lynlea earned her Masters of Science degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Northeastern University in 2008, and has been a licensed BCBA since 2008. She also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Education, both from the University of British Columbia. Lynlea is originally from Vancouver, and relocated to Ottawa this year with her husband and 3 children.

CHRISTINE KONARSKI

CHRISTINE KONARSKI

Manager of Administration

Telephone: +1 613-224-0729 ext. 221
christine@tipes.ca

Christine holds a post-graduate diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Humber College and has spent the past 15 years using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to teach meaningful life skills to children and adolescents with autism and exceptionalities.
Christine is (also) a graduate of the Canadian Natural School of Nutrition where she earned the designation of Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.). She is the owner of the nutritional consulting practice, Be Well Nutrition (www.bewellnutrition.ca)  Christine strongly believes the food we eat directly affects how our body functions and our ability to learn. In addition to overseeing ABA/IBI programming and training staff members, Christine implements a weekly cooking club using ABA strategies to help students incorporate new foods into their diet and learn new healthy behaviours and provides nutritional support to families and clients as requested.  

RACHAEL RIETHMAN

RACHAEL RIETHMAN

ESDM SUPERVISOR AND COUNSELLOR

Telephone: +1 613-224-0729 ext. 225
rachael@tipes.ca

Rachael Riethman is committed to working with children with autism and helping them reach their full potential. She is certified through the MIND Institute, University of California, Davis, as an Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) trainer and shares this expertise in providing early intervention.
Rachael has an undergraduate degree in science and has attained post-graduate studies in autism from the University of North Texas and Algonquin College. Rachael has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

In her role as Supervisor of ESDM at TIPES, Rachael is responsible for conducting assessments and developing intervention plans for children with autism using the ESDM therapy model, as well as working closely with instructor therapists. Rachael provides training and support to parents to ensure continuity of learning in all environments. In her role as a Counsellor, Rachael helps clients who seek additional support and guidance in mental health.  To read more about counselling sessions with Rachael, click here.

AMELIA HONE

AMELIA HONE

SENIOR THERAPIST

Telephone: +1 613-224-0729 ext. 225
amelia@tipes.ca

Amelia Hone is a Senior Therapist at TIPES, Canada. As a Senior Therapist Amelia supervises a variety of children with exceptionalities, supporting their learning and behaviour change, as well as supervising, training and educating a team of Instructor Therapists and parents.

Amelia has an Honours Bachelor Science degree in Applied Sciences with a Minor in Family and Child Development and a specialization in Music and Psychology through the University of Guelph. She has also obtained her Masters Diploma in Autism and Behaviour Sciences with Honours, through George Brown College, has completed her Masters of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis with Honours through the University of Trinity College Dublin, and has a third Masters in Special Education with Honours through Brandman University. 

Amelia Hone has been working with individuals with exceptionalities since 2009. She is a firm believer in a collaborative approach to behaviour change and has a strong passion for incorporating multi-disciplinary goals with an interest in holistic approaches such as Music, Equine and Canine therapy.

 

ANGELA GOGOLIN

ANGELA GOGOLIN

SENIOR THERAPIST IN TRAINING

Telephone: +1 613 – 224 – 0729 ext: (coming soon)
angela@tipes.ca

Angela Gogolin is a Senior Therapist in training at TIPES. As a Senior Therapist in training, Angela provides ABA intervention, designs and implements social integration programs and consults directly with parents and professionals regarding daily activities and programs. In addition to implementing these services at the TIPES center and other environments, Angela also supports in-home intervention to provide a more comprehensive service.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Studies from Carleton University. Additionally, she has obtained a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioral Science from Algonquin College.

Since beginning to work with individuals with exceptionalities in 2008, Angela has shown passion and dedication in helping children develop to their full potential. She believes that each person deserves and benefits the most from individualized teaching which is tailored to their unique strengths, abilities and needs. She also believes that working collaboratively with the child’s family is key to not only providing their child with the necessary skills but also ensures the families have the tools and skills required to support their child. Like the old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child”.

Angela is currently working at the Kanata Montessori School (KMS) location.

DANIELLE WEISS

DANIELLE WEISS

SENIOR THERAPIST

Telephone: +1 613-224-0729 ext. 225
danielle@tipes.ca

Danielle Weiss is a Senior Therapist at TIPES, Canada. As a Senior Therapist at TIPES, Danielle completes assessments and programming for children with a variety of exceptionalities. She is also responsible for oversight of programming and teaching and training parents and therapists to ensure the highest quality of services.

Danielle holds a Masters degree in Educational Psychology/Special Education (ABA) from the University of Western Ontario. As well as a post-graduate diploma in Autism and Behavior Science. Her experience includes; group home manager, ABA/IBI therapist, as well as behavior consultant for individuals with complex needs. She plans to finish the supervision requirements and sit for the BCBA exam over the course of 2017/2018.

Danielle has been working with individuals with exceptionalities since 2009. She has a passion for working with children to develop communication and functional skills, as well as developing behavior planning that suits all environments.

JENNIFER JURKOFSKY

JENNIFER JURKOFSKY

Staff Development Coordinator

Telephone: +1 613-224-0729 ext: 232
 jenj@tipes.ca

Jennifer Jurkofsky started working in the field of mental health in 2000 as a residential aid for children with behavioural issues. Her desire to help people led to her pursuing duel degrees, a Bachelors of Science and a Bachelors of Social Work, as well as becoming a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional, adult and children’s Life Coach and a registered ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Counsellor through the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science. Jennifer is a Registered Behaviour Technician and is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology.

Her extensive work in the field of mental health includes the roles of social worker, therapist, life coach and mental health consultant and trainer. Jennifer’s study in compassionate communication and experience working in the field of mental health for both youth and adults in the criminal justice system contributed to her authoring a university course on the subject of restorative justice.

Jennifer’s passion is to help people reach their highest potential. Currently she does this through her role as Staff Development Coordinator with TIPES, Canada, as a Life Coach and ACT Counsellor, as the Children’s Spiritual Empowerment Class Co-ordinator for the Outaouais Region and as a Reiki Master and a Brain Gym practitioner.

Jennifer’s efforts in the mental health field have been recognized in both, the Manchester and the Cambridge Who’s Who among Social Workers and Executives and Professionals in Mental Health “Honours Edition.”

LAUREN MCKERCHER

LAUREN MCKERCHER

Senior Therapist in Training

Telephone: +1 613 – 224 – 0729 ext: 225
 lauren@tipes.ca

Lauren McKercher is a Senior Therapist in Training at TIPES, Canada.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Masters of Education in Psychology Counseling and a Graduate Certification in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Lauren has worked with children and youth with exceptionalities for a number of years, beginning at TIPES as an Instructor Therapist.  She has now returned to pursue a position as a Senior Therapist where she aims to support clients and their families in achieving personalized goals, learning and behavioural change.

Lauren has a passion for helping those that she works with reach their full potential, increasing their autonomy and quality of life.

VICTORIA BERNARD

VICTORIA BERNARD

BCBA, SENIOR THERAPIST

Telephone: +1 613 – 224 – 0729 ext: 232
 victoria@tipes.ca

Victoria, Senior Therapist at TIPES, has worked with children with exceptionalities for number of years through adaptive physical activity programs, summer camps, and other specialized applied behaviour analysis (ABA) programs. She completed a Bachelors of Arts in Human Kinetics with distinction from St. Francis Xavier University in 2015, and also completed a Masters of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) with a specialization in ABA from Brock University in 2018. 

Victoria has been a Senior Therapist at TIPES since the spring of 2018. In this role, Victoria works with children with exceptionalities across various domains. Victoria conducts assessments and develops instructional programs based on the science of ABA for her students, while also training and supervising TIPES staff. Victoria is passionate about helping those she works with live their lives to their fullest potential, and appreciates all that ABA can do to help children with exceptionalities and their families achieve their goals.

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