ABOUT

Pivotal Minds ASD Treatment Centre was established to offer effective and affordable treatment options to children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.  We are passionate about improving children's development, allowing them to thrive, and enabling them to live a full and rewarding life.  We believe there is nothing better than watching a child grow and develop to their full potential and we are committed to providing outstanding quality services to reach that goal.

Dr. U. Cellupica, MD FRCPC
Medical Director

Dr. Cellupica is a community-based pediatrician with a special interest in developmental and behavioural pediatrics.  He works as part of a team that provides diagnostic assessments to diagnose or rule out ASD in children.

Dr. Cellupica completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Toronto and he received his MD from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  He completed his training in Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  Dr. Cellupica served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Pediatric Society and he has served on expert panels for the Government of Ontario, as well as other provincial and federal organizations.

Daniella Tarquini
Executive Director

Daniella ensures that our centre maintains the exceptional standards we have built our solid reputation on.

Her focus is on developing and maintaining a responsive, service-oriented organization that meets your family's needs.  Daniella oversees the PRT Programs and provides compassionate guidance to families throughout their involvement in our centre.  She brings a wealth of knowledge, kindness and patience to all of her encounters with clients.

Karin Foulds
Admin Assistant
Salimah Halani, M.ADS, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor
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Karin is our Administrative Assistant with a special flare for taking care of our Pivotal Minds Family. She is here to answer any questions you might have about the services we offer, will assist you in navigating your way at your initial consultation and will help settle you and your child in at the centre once you begin. 

 

Karin has been working within the social services sector in a variety of settings for over 20 years and brings with her a friendly yet efficient approach in her role as an administrative professional.

Mojgan Zarrabi
Supervising Therapist
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Mojgan has an MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and an MEd in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto.  She is currently pursuing an MPPEd in the field of ABA at Western University.  She has worked for several years as a researcher in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She is passionate about working with children and youth with autism and special needs.

Salimah is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She earned her Masters of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), at Brock University in 2016.  She also holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from York University. 

Salimah has been working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other exceptionalities in a variety of settings for over 10 years.  She is skilled in conducting behavioural and curriculum assessments, creating, implementing and monitoring individualized skill acquisition programs and behaviour support plans, providing parent training, as well as supervising and training therapists.  Salimah is extremely passionate about working with learners of varying needs and recognizes that each individual is unique with their own strengths and challenges.  She uses a combination of Discreet Trial Teaching (DTT), Verbal Behaviour and Natural Environment Teaching (NET) as well as Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) to help individuals acquire skills in the areas of language, communication, academics, social and self-help. Salimah has extensive experience working in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team.

Salimah is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).

Glynnis DuBois
RN, BScN, BA (Psych), MHSc (S-LP), Reg. CASLPO Reg. #5549
Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Therapist

Glynnis DuBois is a Registered Nurse, Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  As a Feeding Therapist, she specializes in infants and young children with feeding challenges.  She also provides auditory Skills Therapy for children with hearing loss and speech-language therapy for preschool and school-aged children. 

 

Glynnis has had the privilege of working with children and their families for over thirty-five years.

Instructor Therapists

Instructor Therapists are responsible for providing direct intervention, implementing programs, recording data and attending clinical team meetings + much more! 

 

Each member of our team has a background in ABA.  At Pivotal Minds we provide ongoing proprietary training and support to our therapists.  They work alongside a team of paraprofessionals and under the supervision of a Supervising Therapist and Clinical Supervisor (BCBA).  They also work under the Medical Director and Executive Director.

We truly pride ourselves on our teams as they are a special bunch!  Each valuable member of our teams bring such caring, compassionate and unparalleled skills to our organization.   We all work closely together and consider ourselves the Pivotal Minds "family".  Our clients feel this and consistently report that our team is one of a kind.