The Papillon Learning Centre
Our top priority at The Papillon Learning Centre, is to create a positive environment where children are encouraged to explore, ask questions, and be themselves. We focus on increasing each child's confidence in their own abilities and establishing pride in their accomplishments.
Our programming creates an environment where children can learn the skills needed to be successful in all areas of their lives. We believe that children are most successful when they learn in environments that will be realistic and prepare them for their future.
The therapists are dedicated to the development and teaching of all children, and is focused in helping each child achieve their goals through each program.
M.A., BCaBA ( Founder )
Amanda started her journey in the field of behaviour science in 2002 when she met a family with twin boys, who ultimately were diagnosed on the autism spectrum. It was through the amount of time spent with this family that Amanda began to learn the world of autism and became passionate to work with children and their families. After working for different organizations and providers, it was clear there was something missing in the field. Amanda had a vision to open a centre where families felt comfortable and most importantly heard. That they had a place they could come to where they knew they would be active participants in their child’s program and felt comfortable to be open with all their hopes, fears and concerns. The Papillon Learning Centre was open in 2009 in the hopes of achieving that goal.
After having completed a undergraduate degree in psychology (2007), Amanda pursued her board certification in 2010 and received her BCaBA designation. Not feeling satisfied and wanting to do more to help families in all areas, Amanda began her Masters in Counselling Psychology, graduating from the program in 2017. It is through her passion to help families as a whole that Amanda combines both her knowledge of Behaviour Science as well as components and theories from counselling psychology to offer a holistic approach to treatment.
Robbin is an enthusiastic and energetic Behaviour Therapist with more than 14 years of experience working with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. She started her journey in the field of Autism as an Educational Assistant with a natural desire to teach and reach children with dynamic learning profiles and challenging behaviours. With the guidance and motivation from a school principal and SERT, she began her quest to learn how to best teach children with special needs. Robbin is a mother of 3 and is passionate in making a difference in the lives of children and so this was a natural progression in her care
After completing the Ontario Provincial IBI/ABA training and partnership of working with the best Psychologists, BCBA’s, Senior Therapists and therapists, she began working as an Instructor Therapist. With her quest for knowledge and the deep desire to connect with every child, she earned her DIRFloortime Masters Certificate and continued to increase her knowledge through courses, sequences, collaboration and most importantly hands on experience. As a Behaviour Therapist, Robbin continues to master her ABA skills and has trained junior therapists and lead many IBI/ABA teams within Ontario.
A family – centered approach to therapy is an integral part of Robbin’s practice, utilizing multidisciplinary strategies when required. This ensures a more natural, engaging and effective result. Robbin’s dedication in this field has developed into a deep belief that EVERY child deserves the right to reach their full potential.
Dr. James Porter
Dr. James Porter is a registered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist who in addition to other clinical work, provides services as a clinical supervisor for DFO service providers for children with autism in 6 of the 9 provincial regions. He is the Past-President of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BACB). Dr Porter has over 20 years experience providing services to children, adolescents and adults with autism. Dr. Porter has an unparalleled record among Clinical Psychologists of advocacy for services for children with autism.
Occupational Therapists (OT's) are health care professionals who consider the complete child: their physical, emotional and intellectual development. OT's look at the impact of a delay, disorder or injury on a child’s function in tasks of daily life, (e.g. dressing, eating, hygiene), play, school, social and work related tasks. The role of the occupational therapist is to promote competence, success and self-esteem in the child.
Joan Moore Occupational Therapy Services is a private practice located at the Papillon Learning Centre in Mississauga. This private practice serves preschool and school-age children with a variety of diagnosis including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Developmental Delays and Sensory Processing Issues.
Childhood is a time of significant growth and development and challenges affecting development can have a significant impact on the child’s ability to complete daily activities at home, school or on the playground.
At Joan Moore Occupational Therapy Services children are seen for assessment, consultation and treatment. Therapy is customized to meet the needs of each child and family.
Areas of Intervention:
- Sensory processing- the ability to attach meaning to sensory experiences. For example: the ability to tolerate various textures, sounds, smells, etc.
- Self-regulation - the ability to identify changing states of emotion and attention and when overwhelmed, choose activities to return to a calm, alert state
- Gross/fine motor development - the ability to balance, jump, run, catch a ball, hold a pencil, print letters/numbers, cut with scissors, perform self –care tasks such as eating, dressing and toileting, etc.
- Visual motor /visual perception development - the ability to recognize the differences in letters, to see a word against a busy background, the ability to keep the letters on the line, the ability to visually follow the ball to catch it
- Expanding Food Preferences - the ability to explore and accept new foods
- Play Skills - the ability to take turns, share, initiate play, be a good sport
Evening and weekend appointments available
Bev is a dedicated and experienced speech pathologist with extensive skills use a wide range of techniques including sign language, picture communication systems, social skills training, PROMPT therapy and more. She has many years of experience working with children with a wide range of diagnoses including autism, learning disability and apraxia of speech.
All instructor therapists hold a university degree in social sciences or humanities and have additional training directly in Applied Behaviour Analysis strategies and Intensive Behavioural Intervention.
The therapists all have completed or will be completing their Registered Behaviour Technician certification through the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board.