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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

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Consultant Information

 

Title:

Ms

Last Name:

Cheremshynski

First Name:

Christy

Profession:

Senior Behavioral Consultant

Agency Affiliation:

Family Centred Practices Group

Street Address:

400, 1681 Chestnut St.

City:

Vancouver

Province/State:

British Columbia

Postal Code/Zip Code:

V6J 4M6

Telephone: (including area code)

604-377-5925

Fax: (including area code)

604-737-1140

E-mail:

christy@familycentred.ca

Website:

www.fcpg.ca

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Region(s)Served

 

Fraser

 

Interior

 

Vancouver Coastal

X

Vancouver Island

 

North

 

Areas served within region(s)

Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, North and West Vancouver, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Delta

Languages in Addition to English : Program language is English but we have many families who speak other languages at home. We have a senior behavioural interventionist on staff who speaks
Cantonese fluently.

Profile of Clients Served:

Preschoolers

Ages 6 -12

Ages 13-18

Adults

Asperger's Syndrome

X

 

 

 

Rett's Syndrome

X

 

 

 

Autism (Autistic Disorder)

X

 

 

 

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

X

 

 

 

Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

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

 

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

MA - Special Education

University of British Columbia, Vancouver
604.822.2211

2004

BSc - Psychology

University of Alberta, Edmonton
780.492.3111

1999


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
X
University Undergraduate coursework
X
 
X
     
X
College coursework  
 
       
Certificate Programs (e.g, Douglas College Autism Specialty)
X
X
       
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

 

Employment/Practice-Related

 


2. Developing Treatment Plans and Programs

 

Practicum/Internship

 

Employment/Practice-Related

 


3. Behavioural Measurement, Data Collection and Analysis

 

Practicum/Internship

 

Employment/Practice-Related

 

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4. Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

Practicum/Internship

I did an independent study with CBI Consultants while completing my MA in Special Education at UBC. During this time, I shadowed consultants who designed and implemented positive behavior support plans.

Employment/Practice-Related

I currently work on a research project with Dr. Joe Lucyshyn at the University of British Columbia. Part of my role involves conducting functional behaviour assessments and designing behavior support plans with children diagnosed with a developmental disability (including autism).


5.Teaching, training and supervising others

 

Practicum/Internship

.

Employment/Practice-Related

 


Professional Experience:

 

In 2000, I began working with Dr. Gerard Kysela to help establish the Early Intensive Behavioral intervention programs for the Delta Association of Child Development and the Thompson Okanagan Autism Project (TOAP). These programs are part of the Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention initiative that is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development

In 2002, Dr. Kysela and myself started the Family Centred Practices Group in the Lower Mainland. Our organization utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis in the development, implementation, and monitoring of behavioral intervention programs for individuals who have been diagnosed with ASD and related disabilities.

In my current role as a Senior Behavioral Consultant, I train behavior interventionists, teaching assistants, and daycare staff in various intervention strategies. I set-up, monitor, and supervise early intensive behavior intervention programs in both home and school settings. I also collaborate with parents, teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school support staff, and other professionals to develop and sustain effective intervention programs. I’ve also had the pleasure working with families from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indian and
First Nations.

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

 

Our practice is family centred because we believe that families play an important role in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of their child’s intervention program. Our work is grounded in science and best practices for ASD treatment.

We believe that children diagnosed with ASD should be fully included in their communities so that they can lead active lives that include friendships and other social connections. In order to help them to acquire the skills, concepts, and knowledge they will need to achieve this goal, we use three behavioural intervention strategies, each of which is based on current research and techniques: discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, and turn-taking engagement.

Because it is important to know whether an intervention plan is working, we use a variety of methods to continually evaluate a child’s progress. In this way, we can make adjustments to ensure that the child is learning and able to use his or her new skills on a day-to-day basis, at home, in school, and the community in general. We also work with other professionals who are supporting the child, such as speech language therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

Professional Development Activities:

 

Workshops/Conferences:

  • April 2006, Vancouver: Toilet Training for Everyone: It’s Never Too Late (presented by Dr. Pat Mirenda, University of BC)
  • February 2006, Kelowna: Going to the Heart of Autism (presented by Dr. Steven Gutstein)
  • October 2005: The Good News: Current Research into Autism Spectrum Disorder (various presenters)
  • April 2005, Vancouver: Teaching Verbal Behavior to Children with Autism and Related Disabilities (presented by Dr. Vincent Carbone)_
  • March 2005, Vancouver: Preschool Children with Developmental Disabilities: Improving Peer-Related Social Competence (presented by Dr. Michael Guralnick)
  • April, 2003, Vancouver: The SCERTS Model: Enhancing Communicative and Socioemotional Competence in Young Children with ASD (presented by Dr. Barry Prizant)
  • May, 2002, Portland, OR: Positive Behavior Support in the 21st Century: Systems for Delivering Effective Behavior Support (various presenters)
  • May, 2002, Kamloops: Autism 2002 (various presenters)
  •  February, 2002, Vancouver. Literacy and Children with Autism (presented by Dr. Karen Erickson)
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Publications & Conference Presentations

 

I was a presenter at the following workshops:

  • September 2006: Engaging Parent Child Interactions: Strategies for Parents and Professionals (workshop), Mackenzie
  • February 2006: Engaging Parent Child Interactions: Strategies for Parents and Professionals (workshop), Abbotsford
  • February 2006: Early Years - Curriculum for Behavioural Interventionists (conference presentation), Vancouver
  • November 2005: Engaging Parent Child Interactions: Strategies for Parents and Professionals (workshop), Terrace
  • November 2005: Engaging Parent Child Interactions: Strategies for Parents and Professionals (workshop), Victoria
  • 2004 – Present: Provide a two-day workshop for behavioral interventionists, teaching assistants, and daycare staff on the elements of discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, and natural teaching strategies, Lower Mainland

Description of fee schedule

 

Our fees range from $270 - $975 per month, depending on the level of program planning, consultation, and supervision that
is involved.  


References (Academic, Clinical, Family)

 

Available on request from the program office.

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