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Consultant Information
Region(s) Served
Profile of Cilents Served
Services Provided Directly Relating to Autism
Education
Formal Coursework/Programs Specific to Autism
Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic and workplace)
Professional Experience
Publications & Presentations
Snapshot of Practice as Professionals Working with Individuals with Autism
Description of fee schedule
References

Consultant Information

 

Title:

Ms

Last Name:

Matchneva

First Name:

Anna

Profession:

Assistant Clinic Director

Agency Affiliation:

ABA Learning Centre

Street Address:

100 - 21320 Gordon Way

City:

Richmond

Province/State:

British Columbia

Postal Code/Zip Code:

V6W 1J8

Telephone: (including area code)

604-232-4122

Fax: 604-232-9515

E-mail:

anna@abacentre.ca

Website:

www.abacentre.ca

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Region(s) Served

 

Fraser

X

Interior  

Vancouver Coastal

X

Vancouver Island

 

North  

Areas served within region(s)

Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond

Languages in addition to English:

Russian


Profile of Clients Served:
Preschoolers
Ages 6 - 12
Ages 13 - 18
Adults
Asperger's Syndrome
X
X
Rett's Syndrome
Autism (Autistic Disorder)
X
X
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
X
X

Services Provided Directly Relating to Autism

 

Individual assessment, establishing goals and priorities for treatment

X

Overall design of an individualized intervention program

X

Development of specific teaching strategies/programs

X

Training of interventionists and/or parents

X

Supervision of data collection and analysis, monitoring progress

X

Behavioural consulting, designing and supervising interventions for challenging behaviour

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising language and communication programs

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to motor skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to activities of daily living

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to sensory problems

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to teaching social skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs to teach academic skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs to teach vocational and job skills  
Family or individual counselling  

Community training sessions and workshops

X

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Education (specify area of study)

 

 

Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates

Name of Institution

Year Degree Obtained

BA - Psychology

University of Alaska, Anchorage
907.786.1800

2001

M.Ed. - Special Ed - Autism

University of British Columbia, Vancouver
604.822.2211

2006

Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
(Metro Building - Suite 102
1705 Metropolitan Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32308-3796

2004


A. Formal Coursework/Programs Specific to Autism
 
Applied Behaviour Analysis Principles & Methods
Behavioural
Assessment & Measurement
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development
and/or Speech Language Development
 
Full Course
Partial
Course
Full
Course
Partial
Course
Full
Course
Partial
Course
Full
Course
Partial
Course
University Graduate level coursework
x
x
 
x
 
University Undergraduate coursework
x
 
x
x
 
x
 
College coursework  
 
       
Certificate Programs (e.g, Douglas College Autism Specialty)
         
Other Courses (e.g., Hansen; describe)  
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B. Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic
and workplace)

 

1. Working directly with children with autism

Practicum/Internship

  • Completed practicum hours working directly with children with ASD as part of undergraduate coursework in psychology: Autism Early Intervention (320 hrs, Grade A, supervisor: Dr. Todd Risley).
  • Autism Early Intervention - Advanced (320 hrs, Grade A, supervisor: Dr. Todd Risley); practicum consisted of direct work with children diagnosed with ASD, providing hands-on intensive intervention (based on Applied Behavior Analysis)

Employment/Practice-Related

  • 9 month supervised practice (20 hrs/week) required to become a Board Certified Associate Behaviour Analyst (BCABA) from the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board included supervised hours working directly with children with ASD. Supervisor: Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen.
  • 1997-1999: Special Education Assistant. Implemented activities emphasizing communication, play, and social interaction in the classroom for children with autism
  • 1999-2001: Behavior Interventionist. Received intensive training and supervision working as a behavior Interventionist in the Alaska Autism Intensive Intervention Project directed by Dr. Todd Risley.
  • 2001- present: Continue to work directly with children as a Program Manager and Assistant Director of the ABA Learning Centre, under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, BCBA, who is the Clinical Director of ABA Learning Centre

2. Developing Treatment Plans
and Programs

 

Practicum/Internship

  • Completed 320 practicum hours as part of undergraduate coursework in psychology (Strategies for Behavior Change, Dr. Charles Lester, supervisor). Practicum included development and implementation of individual treatment plans.

Employment/Practice-Related

  • 9 month supervised practice (20 hrs/week) required to become a Board Certified Associate Behaviour Analyst (BCABA)
  • Under the direction of Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, development of individualized treatment plans for children with ASD, including strategies to develop communication, play and social, academic, gross, fine motor, and self help skills; and reduce challenging behaviour.

3. Behavioural Measurement, Data Collection and Analysis

 

Practicum/Internship

Autism Early Intervention - Advanced (320 hrs, Grade A, supervisor: Dr. Todd Risley); practicum included data analysis and behavior measurement

Employment/Practice-Related

  • BCABA-related supervised practice included hours in behavioural measurement and data collection.
  • Current responsibilities as Program Manager and Assistant Director of the ABA Learning Centre include using various methods to collect and analyze data on individual children (supervised by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen).

4. Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

Employment/Practice-Related

  • Completed 320 practicum hours as part of undergraduate coursework in psychology (Strategies for Behavior Change, Dr. Charles Lester, supervisor). Practicum included completion of Functional Behavior Assessment and development of Behavior
    Support Plan.

Employment/Practice-Related
  • BCABA-related supervised practice included hours in the area of functional behaviour assessments and designing behaviour support plans.
  • Current responsibilities as Program Manager and Assistant Director of the ABA Learning Centre include completion of Functional Assessments and developing behavior support plans (supervised by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen).

5.Teaching, training and supervising others

 

Practicum/Internship

Completed Field Practicum as part of undergraduate studies working as an Intervention Team Leader at Alaska Autism Intensive Intervention Project.

Employment/Practice-Related

  • I provide ongoing training and supervision to Behavior Interventionists and Program Supervisors working at ABA Learning Centre. I provide theory and hands-on training to other professionals and teach parents interaction skills with
    their children.
  • I receive ongoing supervision by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen in training other professionals and parents.

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Professional Experience:

 

I have been working with children diagnosed with ASD in a variety of roles, including as a special education assistant, behavior interventionist, intervention team leader, and consultant. I am a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst. My current work involves assessment, development, and supervision associated with intensive intervention programs; the development and facilitation of play and social groups; and training and supervision of intervention team staff. My experience includes work with First Nations children and families.


Snapshot of Your Philosophy and Approach to Working with Individuals and Families with Autism

 

My philosophy about teaching children with autism and other developmental disabilities is influenced by current research in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and my own work in the field. I do not see children with autism as having learning disabilities but rather as teaching challenges, and I believe that they and children with other developmental disabilities have a right to effective and individualized treatments that will meet their unique needs. Fitting instructional techniques and strategies to the child, rather than the other way around, will achieve the best results.

I also believe that treatments for children with autism and other developmental disabilities must be based in science; that is, that the process must begin with gathering data about a child and then using that information to plan programs and determine if they are working or not. In order for children to learn, we, the teachers, must be informed and willing to continually improve our education and skills. At the ABA Learning Centre we provide intensive intervention using ABA and guided by Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior when teaching language. The Verbal Behavior Approach focuses on aspects of acquiring language that are not typically emphasized by the Lovaas method. The instructor focuses on positive interactions with the child by engaging him or her in social play, teaching fundamental skills in the natural environment, and providing high levels of reinforcement and praise in order to establish a positive relationship with the child.

Furthermore, this approach emphasizes natural environment teaching with a focus on the child's immediate interests and activities as a guide for instruction, along with the intensive teaching component. This helps to motivate the child during therapy sessions. We use the Assessment of Basic language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) as a curriculum guide. We use teaching techniques that have proven to be effective with children with ASD and that encourage their continual development. The ABA Learning Center is located in Richmond, BC and has been providing home-based programs for 4 years and center-based programs for 2 years.


Professional Development Activities:

 
  • “The Revised ABLLS: An Analysis of the Content Changes and Implications for Program Planning.” Presented by Dr. James Partington, 2006 Seattle, WA
  • “Treatments for Autism.” Presented by Dr. Gina Green, 2006, Vancouver, BC
  • “How to use the ABLLS as an Assessment and IEP Development Tool.” Presented by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, 2006,Vancouver, BC
  • Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism International Conference, 2006, Kamloops, BC
  • “Toilet Training for Everyone: It's Never Too Late!” Presented by Dr. Pat Mirenda, 2006, Vancouver, BC
  • “Taking the Fear Out of ABA - Lovaas, Verbal Behaviour and More” Presented by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, 2006, Vancouver, BC
  • “Advanced Social Thinking: Thinking About You Thinking About Me.” Presented by Michelle Winner, 2006, Vancouver, BC
  • “What’s Science Got To Do With It?” Presented by Dr. Bobby Newman, 2005, Vancouver, BC
  • Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium, 2004, Toronto, ON
  • “Teaching Verbal Behavior in A Classroom Setting.” Presented by Gina Zecchin and Kelly Wood, 2004, Vancouver, BC
  • “Advanced Verbal Behavior Training for Consultants.” Presented by Dr. Vincent Carbone, 2004, Valley Cottage, NY
  • Completion of coursework and practicum requirements to qualify for, take, and pass the BCABA exam (2004)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis preparatory seminar (2 weeks) for board certification as a behavior analyst, conducted by Dr. Vincent Carbone, 2004, Valley Cottage, NY
  • “Introduction to Verbal Behavior: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities.” Conducted by Dr. Vincent Carbone, 2003, Vancouver, BC
  • “Intensive Training in Verbal Behavior for Teachers and Supervisors: Teaching Language and Appropriate Behavior to Children and Adults with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities.” Conducted by Dr. Pat McGreevy, 2003, Toronto, ON
  • “Using the ABLLS (Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills): Intensive Training for Teachers and Supervisors.” Conducted by Dr. Pat McGreevy, 2003, Toronto, ON
  • “Managing Severe Problem Behavior in Children and Adults with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities.” Conducted by Dr. Pat McGreevy, 2003, Toronto, ON

Publications and Conference Presentations

 
  • ABA Learning Centre Hands-on Training Workshops in Richmond and Vancouver: Summer, 2005/ Fall, 2005/ Winter, 2006 / Spring, 2006/ Summer 2006/ Fall 2006.
  • Toilet Training Children with ASD: May, 2006 in Kamloops
  • Hands-On Training in Verbal Behaviour for Therapists: August, 2006, Vancouver

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Description of fee schedule

 

Fees for ABALC program staff vary with level of education, training and experience. For new program development, initial set-up fee covers administration of ABLLS, program development, Intensive Treatment Program plan for the Ministry of Children and Families, training of interventionists, and some materials for program implementation. Monthly fees are charged for actual hours of work in providing program and vary according to the unique needs and requests of families.


References (Academic, Clinical, Family)

 

Family and professional references available upon request via admin@abacentre.ca

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