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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:

Dr

Last Name:

Kysela

First Name:

Gerard

Profession:

Program Director

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)

604-736-0094

Fax: (including area code)

604-737-1140

E-mail:

gerry@familycentred.ca

Website:

www.fcpg.ca


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Region(s) Served

 

Fraser

 

Interior

 

Vancouver Coastal

X

Vancouver Island

X

North

 

Areas served within region(s)

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

 

 

 

Asperger's Syndrome

X

 

 

 

Rett's Syndrome

 

 

 

 

Autism (Autistic Disorder)

X

 

 

 

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

 

 

 

 

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

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

Community training sessions and workshops

X


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Education (specify area of study)

 

 

Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates

Name of Institution

Year Degree Obtained

B. Sc.- Psychology

Xavier University, Ohio
1.513.745.3000

1964

M. A. - Clinical Child Psychology

Xavier University, Ohio
1.513.745.3000

1966

Ph. D. - Child Psychology

The University of Waterloo Ontario
1.519.888.4567

1969


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
X
 
X
     
X
 
University Undergraduate coursework
X
 
X
     
X
 
College coursework  
X
 
X
       
Certificate Programs (e.g, Douglas College Autism Specialty)
X
 
X
         
Other Courses (e.g., Hansen; describe) I also taught all of the above courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Alberta

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Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic and workplace)

 

1. Working directly with children with autism

Practicum/Internship

In clinics and mental hospitals during masters and doctoral studies from
1964 to 1969. Site visit, 1968, to the Lovaas Clinic at the University of California Los Angeles, with advisor Dr. R.K. Penney from the University
of Waterloo.

Employment/Practice-Related

In 1970, as an assistant professor in Edmonton, I began developing early intensive behavioural intervention (EIBI) programs for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, in conjunction with the Autism Society of Edmonton.


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2. Developing treatment plans and programs

 

Practicum/Internship

As above.

Employment/Practice-Related

As above.


3. Behavioural measurement, data collection and analysis

 

Practicum/Internship

As above.

Employment/Practice-Related

As above.


4. Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

Practicum/Internship

n/a.

Employment/Practice-Related

As part of my role as Clinical Director, I regularly conduct functional behaviour assessments and develop associated behaviour support plans (see also Professional Experience).


5.Teaching, training and supervising others

 

Practicum/Internship

As per part 1

Employment/Practice-Related

As per part 1


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Professional Experience:

 

I began developing EIBI programs for children diagnosed with ASD in 1970, when I was an assistant professor at the University of Alberta. I developed these programs with the Autism Society of Edmonton. I taught about and conducted research into EIBI and applied behaviour analysis (ABA) for 28 years. After I retired from the University of Alberta I started the Autism Linkages Program in Edmonton. This was an EIBI program based on ABA strategies and data analysis methods for preschool and young school-aged children who had been diagnosed with ASD. The program provided up to 40 hours per week of intervention that took place in children’s homes and in community settings, and included functional assessments and associated behaviour support planning. When I left Alberta in 2001, there were over 65 children in the program.

When I arrived in BC I started two EIBI programs (in Delta and the Okanagan) that were also based on ABA strategies and data analysis and included functional assessments and associated behaviour support planning. These programs continue to serve many children with ASD and their families,  and are part of the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) initiative funded by the Ministry of children and Family Development.

In 2002, I started the Family Centred Practices Group in Vancouver, which provides EIBI for pre-school children that is also based on ABA-based strategies and data and behaviour analysis methods as previously described. We are currently serving over 60 Lower Mainland families.

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 also grounded in science and best practices for ASD research and treatment. We believe that children 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 learn 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:

 

Annual attendance at psychological, developmental, and behavioural conferences since 1966. Recent workshops by Tristan Smith and others, both in Vancouver and in the Interior.


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Publications and Conference Presentations:

 

I have published numerous articles and edited books in the field of early intervention and behavioural intervention strategies. I have also made numerous conference presentations throughout my career, in Canada, the US, and overseas. In addition, under my supervision, many masters and Ph.D. students have published the results of research studies about applied behaviour analysis and early intervention.


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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