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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

Consultant Information

 

Title

Ms

Last Name:

Linton

First Name:

Tina

Profession::

Senior Behavioural Consultant

Agency Affiliation:

Family Centred Practices Group

Street Address:

Suite 400 - 1681 Chestnut Street

City:

Vancouver

Province/State:

British Columbia

Postal Code/Zip Code:

V6J 4M6

Telephone:

604-873-2855

Fax:

604-737-1140

E-mail:

tlinton@shaw.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, 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
Ages 6 - 12
Ages 13 - 18
Adults
Asperger's Syndrome
X
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

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

Master of Education

The University of British Columbia
604.822.2211

2006

Bachelor of Arts

University of Guelph, 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
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
 
x
College coursework  
 
       
Certificate Programs (e.g, Douglas College Autism Specialty)
x
x
       
Other Courses (e.g., Hansen; describe) Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Training
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B. Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic and workplace)

 

1. Working directly with children with autism

Practicum/Internship

I am planning to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), through the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board. This process involves first completing a required number of hours of supervised training in a number of areas. I am receiving this training from my mentor, Dr. Gerald Kysela, Clinical Director of the Family Centred Practices Group.

Employment/Practice-Related

I have extensive experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and have provided support to these individuals, in various capacities, for the past 14 years. My introduction to this field was in 1991, when I volunteered at the Association for Community Living in Ontario. I then worked for 8 years as a behavioural interventionist, supporting preschool and school-age children with ASD in home, school, and community settings.

As a BI I worked with various individuals and agencies, including the Laurel Group in Vancouver and the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health on Vancouver Island. My supervisors during this time were Dr. David Batstone and Donna Seedorf-Harmuth (EIBI program at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health); and Katherine Paxton from The Laurel Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Developing treatment plans and programs

 

Practicum/Internship

As a Senior Behavioural Consultant with the Family Centred Practices Group I am responsible for the development of treatment plans and programs for young children diagnosed with ASD. I am receiving mentorship in this area from Dr. Gerard Kysela.

Employment/Practice-Related

My responsibilities with FCPG include developing treatment plans and programs for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. My supervisor is Dr. Gerard Kysela.

 

 

 



3. Behavioural measurement, data collection and analysis

 

Practicum/Internship

As part of the process for becoming a BCBA, I am being mentored by Dr. Kysela in the use of behavioural measurement, data collection procedures, and analysis.

Employment/Practice-Related

As both a behaviour interventionist and a behaviour consultant, I have developed, implemented, and analyzed a variety of measurement/data collection systems in order to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to change behaviour. My supervisor is
Dr. Gerard Kysela.


4.  Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

Practicum/Internship

I have taken 3 graduate level courses on Functional Assessment and Positive Behaviour Support at the University of British Columbia.  This coursework included conducting Functional Assessments and creating and implementing Positive Behaviour Support plans, under the supervision of the instructors, Dr. Pat Mirenda and Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn..

Employment/Practice-Related

In my current position with the FCPG, I provide training and
support to families of children with ASD and early intensive behavioural intervention teams in the areas of Functional Assessment and Positive Behaviour Support, under the supervision of Dr. Gerard Kysela.

 

 

 

 




5.Teaching, training and supervising others

 

Practicum/Internship

As part of the BCBA process, I am being mentored by Dr. Kysela in teaching, training, supervising, and consulting with others in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) methods and programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Employment/Practice-Related

In my current role as a senior behavioural consultant, my responsibilities include consulting with, teaching, training, and supervising behavioural interventionists who provide early intensive behavioural intervention to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. My supervisor is Dr. Gerard Kysela.


Professional Experience:

 

Over the past 14 years, I have had the great pleasure of working with a number of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their families. These wonderful experiences led me to pursue employment as a behavioural consultant. I am currently working as a senior behavioural consultant, both privately and in association with the Family Centred Practices Group.


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

 

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 research and development related to autism spectrum disorders. 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 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:

 

Extensive training in relation to ASD and Behavioural Intervention with a variety of individuals and organizations:

  • September 2006 – How to use the ABLLS as an Assessment and IEP Development Tool, Vancouver, BC
  • February 2006 - Going to the Heart of Autism: Relationship Development Intervention, Kelowna, BC
  • October 2005 - Making Friends & Managing Emotions, Richmond, BC
  • October 2005 - The Good News: Current Research into Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vancouver, BC
  • April 2005 - Introduction to Verbal Behavior: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities, Richmond, BC
  • February 2005 - Positive Behavior Support at Home with Families of Children with Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities (assisted the presenter, Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn, University of BC), Nanaimo, BC
  • December 2004 - Picture Exchange Communication System Training Workshop, Richmond, BC
  • November 2004 - Canadian Council for Exceptional Children National Conference: Autism Spectrum Disorders Here and Now, Richmond, BC
  • October 2004 - Red Flags and Red Herrings in Screening for Autism, Richmond, BC
  • April 2004 - Emerging Practices in Mental Health: Tailoring Mental Health Services for People with Developmental Disabilities, Vancouver, BC
  • November 2003 - Making Connections 6th Annual Conference: Effective Behavioural Support, Vancouver BC
  • April 2003 - The SCERTS Model: Enhancing Communicative and Socio-emotional Competence in Young Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Vancouver, BC

Publications and Conference Presentations

 

As a member of the Family Centred Practices' team and in my private practice with families who have children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have conducted various workshops and seminars for families, behavioural interventionists, school teams, and community professionals. Topics have included: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Natural Teaching Strategies, Visual Strategies and Supports, Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations, Social Skills Development, and Positive Behaviour Support.

 



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Description of fee schedule

 

Our fees range from $750 - $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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