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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:

Saggu

First Name:

Ramen

Profession:

Program Manager

Agency Affiliation:

ABA Learning Centre

Street Address:

Suite 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:

ramen@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)

Surrey, White Rock, Cloverdale, Langley, Abbotsford, Delta, New Westminster

Languages in addition to English:

Punjabi


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

X

Family or individual counselling  

Community training sessions and workshops

X

Other services

 
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Education (specify area of study)

 

 

Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates

Name of Institution

Year Degree Obtained

Bachelors of Arts

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
604-291-3111

1997

Masters of Science

Brunel University, London, England
01-895-265-265

2000


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
X
College coursework
       
Certificate Programs (e.g, Douglas College Autism Specialty)
         
Other Courses (e.g., Hansen; describe)

TEACCH - Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children  and Picture Exchange Communication System courses;

Since 2005, courses required to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst from the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board 

B. Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic
and workplace)

 

1. Working directly with children with autism

Practicum/Internship

Completed my internship for my Master's Degree at the Treehouse School for Autism in London, England. Supervised by Dr. Michael Wright. Internship requirements included implementing ABA techniques with children diagnosed with Autism, data collection, program development, data analysis, staff training, and thesis completion.

Employment/Practice-Related

Responsible for implementing ABA techniques with children diagnosed with autism, as well as training and supervising behavior interventionists in the effective implementation of ABA. Currently being supervised by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen at the ABA
Learning Centre.

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2. Developing treatment plans
and programs

 

Practicum/Internship

Treehouse School for Autism under the supervision of Dr. Michael Wright. Thesis requirements included designing and implementing behavior procedures and programs for children with Autism attending the school.

Employment/Practice-Related

Completed the requirements for BCBA supervision with Dr. Angela Cornick at the St. Amant ABA Program in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


3. Behavioural measurement, data collection and analysis

 

Practicum/Internship

At Brunel University in London, England, as part of my masters thesis research. Supervisor Dr. Michael Wright.

Employment/Practice-Related

Practical experience from the following clinics specializing in ABA Programs for children diagnosed with Autism:

  • University of Washington, where I worked as an Autism Consultant under the supervision of Dr. Julie Osterling.
  • St. Amant ABA Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I was a Clinical Autism Consultant supervised by Dr. Angela Cornick.
  • ABA Learning Centre in Richmond, where I currently am the Program Manager, under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen.

4. Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

Practicum/Internship

Conducted functional behavior assessments with children at the Treehouse School for Autism in London, England as part of Masters Internship

Employment/Practice-Related

Currently conduct functional behavior assessments and implement behavior intervention plans in home programs and various school programs that ABALC is contracted with, under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen.


5. Teaching, Training, and Supervising Others

 

Practicum/Internship

Treehouse School for Autism in London, England, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Wright. Responsible for training staff in the effective implementation of programming and procedures related to my thesis research.

Employment/Practice-Related

Autism Consultant, University of Washington, under the supervision of Dr. Julie Osterling

Clinical Autism Consultant, St. Amant ABA Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, under the supervision of Dr. Angela Cornick

Program Manager, ABA Learning Centre, under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen.

Professional Experience:

 

I have been working in the field of ABA for the last 9 years. I have 6 years of experience working as a behavior interventionist and senior interventionist privately for families in the lower mainland while completing my Bachelors Degree at Simon Fraser University. I received my Masters of Science degree in applied psychology from Brunel University in London, England in 2000, completing my internship at the Treehouse School for Autism. I have had the opportunity to work as an Autism Consultant providing ABA services in several clinics in North America: the University of Washington ABA Center, under the supervision of Dr. Julie Osterling; the St. Amant ABA Program in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with Dr. Angela Cornick; and currently, at the ABA Learning Centre in Richmond, BC, under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen.


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

 

Due to my diverse experience working in several settings in North America and England, I have formal training in several approaches for the treatment of Autism. I was originally trained in the Lovaas method, with various consultants, when I worked as a behavior interventionist for 6 years in the Lower Mainland area. However, as my education and experience in the field grew, I conducted research into the Verbal Behavior Approach to autism, which fit my philosophy of teaching the fundamental language skills to children. I believe that language and communication are the primary challenges for children diagnosed with Autism.

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, it 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. I have been practicing the verbal behavior approach for the last 12 months through the ABA Learning Centre, and I highly recommend this approach to families who are searching for an effective treatment for children diagnosed with Autism.

Professional Development Activities:

 
  • I am an active member of the Association for Behavior Analysis.
  • I have attended numerous workshops for professional development in BC, the United States, and Manitoba.
  • I have attended the International ABA conferences in Boston in 2004 and Chicago in 2005.
  • I am currently enrolled at Nova Southeastern University in Florida and am taking the BCBA coursework required to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
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Publications and Conference Presentations:

 
  • Poster presentation at the Autism: The Leading Edge conference in Vancouver in 2002
  • Poster Presentation with the ABA Learning Centre at the annual ABA conference in Boston 2004 and Chicago 2005
  • Conducted a two-part Intensive Training component of a series of workshops offered through ABA Learning Centre,
    November 2006

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 Plan for MCFD, 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, budget and requests of each individual family.


References (Academic, Clinical, Family)

 

Available on request from the program office

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