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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/Families with Autism
Description of fee schedule
References

Consultant Information

 

Title:

Ms

Last Name:

Kester

First Name:

Karen

Profession:

Behavioural Consultant

Agency Affiliation:

Family Centred Practices Group

Street Address:

400-1681 Chestnut Street

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:

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

Languages in Addition to English : We have a senior behavioural interventionist on staff who speaks fluent Cantonese.

Profile of Clients Served:

Preschoolers

Ages 6 - 12

 

 

Asperger's Syndrome

X

 

 

 

Rett's Syndrome

 

 

 

 

Autism (Autistic Disorder)

X

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

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

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Education (specify area of study)

 

 

Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates

Name of Institution

Year Degree Obtained

MA - Family Studies

University of British Columbia, BC
604.822.2211

2001

BA - Child Studies

University of Guelph, Ontario
519.822.4120

1998


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
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

Under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Gerard Kysela, Clinical Director of the Family Centred Practices Group, I work directly with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a number of ways, including developing and managing intervention programs; conducting behaviour measurement, data collection, and analysis; and developing support plans for managing challenging behaviour. I would be pleased to provide more details about any of my responsibilities at FCPG.   

I am also pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which requires that I complete a specific number of supervised hours. I am meeting this requirement under the supervision of Dr. Kysela.


2. Developing treatment plans and programs

 

Practicum/Internship

 

Employment/Practice-Related

As above


3. Behavioural measurement, data collection and analysis

 

Practicum/Internship

 

Employment/Practice-Related

As above


4. Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

Practicum/Internship

Employment/Practice-Related

As above


5. Teaching, training and supervising others

 

Employment/Practice-Related

Also under the supervision of Dr. Kysela, I provide training to behavioural interventionists, teaching assistants, and daycare staff on the elements of discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching and natural teaching strategies.


Professional Experience:

 

I began supporting children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 1999 as a one-to-one worker in a daycare setting. For the next 6 years I worked as a behavioural interventionist, supporting children and adolescents in home, school, and community-based settings using applied behaviour analysis (ABA) strategies and data analysis methods.

In 2004 I joined the Family Centred Practices Group as a behavourial consultant. We use ABA-based strategies and data analysis to provide early intensive behavioural intervention programs for preschool children.

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

 

My approach to supporting children diagnosed with ASD is based on current best practices in autism research and intervention, which include a family centred approach that focuses on identifying each child's individual strengths and needs and builds on skills and abilities in a positive and supportive manner. In order to help children to learn the skills, concepts, and knowledge they will need to be successful at home and in the community in general, we use three behavioural intervention strategies that have been found to be effective: discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, and turn-taking engagement strategies.

We use a variety of methods to gather information about a child’s progress in order to evaluate how well he or she is learning and assisting the child to use new skills and knowledge on a daily basis at home, at school, and in the community-at-large. We collaborate with other individuals who support the child and family, and we advocate for a child’s full inclusion as an active member of his or her community.


Professional Development Activities:

 

I am currently pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. I have also attended the following workshops:

  • June 2006, Vancouver, BC: Beginner ASL Course (Deaf Children’s Society of BC and Sunnyhill Health Centre for Children
  • April, 2006, Vancouver, BC: Toilet Training for Everyone: It’s never too Late. Presented by Pat Mirenda, UBC
  • November, 2003, Burnaby, BC: Orchestrating Academic Success by Adapating and Modifying Programs. Presented by Dawn Reithaug, Burnaby School District.

Description of fee schedule

 

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


References (Academic, Clinical, Family )

 

Available on request from the program office.

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