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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
Snapshot of Practice as Professionals Working with Individuals with Autism
Description of fee schedule
References

Consultant Information

 

Title:

Ms

Last Name:

Emily

First Name:

Keats

Profession:

Behavioural Consultant

Agency Affiliation:

Family Centred Practices Group

Street Address:

644 Head Street

City:

Victoria

Province/State:

British Columbia

Postal Code/Zip Code:

V9A 5S8

Telephone: (including area code)

250-588-3776

Fax: (including area code)

604-737-1140

E-mail:

emily@familycentred.ca

Website:

www.fcpg.ca

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Region(s) Served

 

Fraser

 

Interior

 

Vancouver Coastal

 

Vancouver Island

X

North

 

Areas served within region(s)

Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo

Languages in Addition to English : Program language is English but we have many families who speak other languages
at home.

Profile of Clients Served:

Preschoolers

 

 

 

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

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

 

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 - Humanities

University of Victoria
250.721.7211

2001


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
Partial
Full
Partial
Full
Partial
Full
Partial
University Graduate level coursework
         
 
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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Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic
and workplace)

 

1. Working directly with children with autism

Employment/Practice-Related

Child Care Worker (1995-1997). Provided all aspects of care to youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in a group home operated by Prima Enterprises in Kamloops, BC. (Supervisor: Regina Rositch, Personnel Director)

Home Support Worker (1998): Provided respite care to families with children with disabilities, including those diagnosed with autism, for Nisika Community Services, Victoria, BC. (Supervisor:
Sherri Heine)

Child Care Worker (1998-1999): Provided all aspects of care to children with disabilities, including autism, in a respite home operated by Moncreiff Enterprises, Victoria, BC. (Supervisor: Joy Moncreiff)

Education Assistant, Burnaby School District 41 (2001-2002): Provided classroom support to and assisted with development of behavioural support plans for children with special needs, particularly those diagnosed with ASD (Supervisor: Liz McKay)

Adult Service Worker (2001-2003): Provided all aspects of care to adults with disabilities, including those diagnosed with ASD,  in a group home operated by the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion. (Supervisor: Tanna Jellison)

Residential Care Worker, Developmental Disabilities Association  (2002-2003): Provided all aspects of care to children with disabilities, including those diagnosed with ASD, in a respite home setting. (Supervisor: Angela Clancy)

Infant Development Consultant, Burnaby-New Westminster IDP,  (2003-2004) Provided assessment, referral, resources/information, and support to families with children aged 0-3 years with developmental delays, with a special interest in children diagnosed with ASD, language delays, and behavioural concerns. Supervisor: Annie Wolverton.

Behaviour Coordinator/Behavioural Consultant, Kamloops Early Intensive Intervention Program, Thompson Okanagan Autism Project (TOAP) (2004-2005), part of the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) program funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development: I supervised the program, which involved implementing and monitoring behaviour intervention plans for children aged 0- 14 years of age. My supervisor was Jeanette Scott, Executive Director ,and my mentor was Dr. Gerard Kysela, Behavioural Consultant and Clinical Director of the Family Centred Practices Group.

I currently work as a Behavioural Consultant for the Family Centred Practices Group in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. My supervisor and mentor is Dr. Gerard Kysela.

 


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2. Developing treatment plans and programs

 

Employment/Practice-Related

 
 
  • As an infant development consultant in 2003-2004, I assessed, developed goals for, and implemented programs for very young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. My supervisor was Annie Wolverton of the Burnaby-New Westminster IDP program.
  • From 2004 to 2005, as a behavioural consultant/behavioural coordinator for the Thompson Okanagan Autism Project (TOAP), I developed and monitored individual intervention plans that frequently included strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour, under the supervision of Executive Director Jeannette Scott.
  • As an external behavioural consultant for TOAP, my mentor was Dr. Kysela and my supervisor was Jeanette Scott.
  • In my current position with the Family Practices Group, I continue to develop and monitor treatment plans and programs for children diagnosed with ASD. Dr. Kysela continues to provide ongoing mentorship and supervision of my work.

3. Behavioural measurement, data collection and analysis

 

 

 

Employment/Practice-Related

In my current position, I develop, implement, and analyze a variety of data gathering systems and techniques designed to determine the effectiveness of individual treatment plans. I also carried out these activities when I was with TOAP in Kamloops, under the ongoing mentorship and supervision of Dr. Gerry Kysela. 


4. Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

 

 

Employment/Practice-Related

In my current position, I provide functional behaviour assessment, design positive behaviour support plans, and assist families in implementing the plans to address specific behavioural concerns. I also carried out these activities when I was with TOAP in Kamloops, under the ongoing mentorship and supervision of Dr. Gerry Kysela.   


5. Teaching, training and supervising others

 

 

Employment/Practice-Related

As a behaviour coordinator for the TOAP project, I supervised, trained, and consulted with behavioural assistants and also worked with the team’s speech language pathologist and occupational therapist, under the mentorship of Dr. Kysela and the supervision of Jeanette Scott.

In my current role as a Behavioural Consultant for the Family Centred Practices Group, I teach, train, supervise and consult with behavioural interventionists who provide early intensive behavioral intervention to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. My supervisor and mentor is
Dr. Kysela.

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Professional Experience:

 

I have worked directly with children diagnosed with ASD and their families since 1995 in various capacities and settings, including respite care facilities; group homes; and school, community, and home support settings.
 
As an infant development consultant, my focus was on young children (aged zero to 3, including those who had been diagnosed with ASD) with speech-language delays, social communication delays, and behavioural concerns. As part of a team of professionals, my work involved assessing children’s development, setting goals, planning programs, and coordinating services.

As behaviour coordinator for the TOAP project in Kamloops, I was mentored by Gerard Kysela in the use of applied behavior analysis to develop, implement, and monitor behavioral intervention programs for children aged 1 to 14 years diagnosed with ASD and related disabilities. These programs also utilized positive behaviour support planning needed. As the program’s supervisor, I supervised, trained, and consulted with behavioural assistants and other members of the team. These included speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, infant development consultants and supported child development consultants; and daycare, preschool and school staff, and members of the community.

In November 2005, Dr. Kysela and I expanded the Family Centred Practices Group to include Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island, where I currently work with children diagnosed with ASD and their families as a Behavioural Consultant. We continue to utilize the principles of ABA in our work with individuals diagnosed with ASD and related disabilities. I also train behavior interventionists, teaching assistants, and daycare staff about discrete trial, incidental, and natural teaching strategies. I also set-up, monitor, and supervise early intensive behavior intervention programs in both home and school settings. In addition, I collaborate with parents, teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school support staff, and other professionals to ensure the best possible programs for each individual. 


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

 

The Family Centred Practices Group acknowledges the critical role of the family in supporting children diagnosed with ASD, and the importance of developing programs that reflect best practices and up-to-date research. Families are intimately involved with the development, implementation, and monitoring of their child's program.

In order to help the children we support to acquire the skills, concepts, and knowledge they will need to participate fully at home and within the community-at-large, we use three types of behavioural intervention strategies that have been proven by current research to be effective: discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, and turn-taking engagement.  We also use a variety of strategies to monitor progress in order to determine how well the children we support are doing and to assist them to use the knowledge and skills they learn throughout their daily lives. We also work with other individuals who are supporting the child and family.

We believe that children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders should be fully included in their communities so that they can lead active lives that include friendships and other social connections.

Each child’s program is home-based, with sessions with behavioural interventionists (BIs) taking place in the home or an appropriate community setting such as a daycare facility. We recommend a minimum of 15 to 20 hours of intervention per week, based on best practices research.

Behavioural consultants meet with the family and other members of the intervention team on a team basis at least twice per month, and also schedule regular individual visits. The consultants meet regularly with BIs and provide ongoing training and monitoring (including video) of their work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Professional Development Activities:

 

April 2006 - Workshop entitled, “Toilet Training – It’s Never too Late”, by Dr. Pat Mirenda, Department of Education and Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)

September 2005 - “Positive Behaviour Support,” Dr. Joe Lucyshyn, Department of Education and Counselling Psychology, University of BC ( Vancouver)
November 2004 - Augmentative Communication & Visual Support Strategies for Communication and Problem Behaviour, Dr. Pat Mirenda, UBC ( Vancouver)
May 2003 - Parent Child Mother Goose Program Teacher Training, Vancouver
May 2003 - Best Practices in Early Intervention (Dr. L. Rosetti) University College of the Fraser Valley
May 2003 - Understanding, Describing and Assessing Children’s Development (Early Childhood Educators of British
Columbia), Vancouver
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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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