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.

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Administrative Assistant

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Lukasz Bugno
Behaviour Therapist

Lukasz has been working with children with ASD for approximately 4 years.  After completing a B.A. Hons. Psychology at York University, he went to Seneca College to study Autism and Behavioural Sciences.  He has worked with over 50 children with Autism ranging from 2-16 years.  ​For the last 3 years he has been instructing social skills to improve one of the main fundamental deficits in ASD.

Lukasz is a passionate, hardworking individual who strives to make great functional gains with every child he works with.  He is easy going and approachable.  the children love to have fun with him.  Certified in PRT, he hopes to improve the lives of the families he works with in a fun, meaningful way that will improve the pivotal areas of development.

Salimah Halani, M.ADS
Clinical Supervisor

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).

Samantha Balkarran
Behaviour Therapist

Samantha is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) that has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than 10 years , which has given her much experience in early childhood development. Having supported many children with special needs in daycare and preschool, her interests were broadened into the field of Autism. She continued her studies at Seneca College and completed the Behavioural Sciences program for working with children with Autism. She went on to work as a Designated Early Childhood Educator (DECE) For York Region District School Board where her main focus was to transition children with special needs and Autism into the Full Day Learning kindergarten program. After 5 years of working in the public school setting, her desire to work directly with Children with Autism has lead her more directly into the field of ABA as a behavioural therapist.   

Kothar Habib
Behaviour Therapist

 Kothar Habib obtained her MA in Child Studies, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and also holds a BA majoring in Education and Child Studies from Concordia University in Montreal. Her experience ranges from ABA to different therapies such as ESDM, PRT and PEERS. She has worked as a Research Assistant for Concordia University and the Jovia Foundation in Clown Therapy.  Kothar is proud to have chosen a career in the field of special education, whereby she can positively influence and change children’s futures by sharing her passion for therapy and her desire for lifelong learning. She holds one publication in the Research in Developmental Disabilities journal ‘From early intervention to elementary school: A survey of transition support practices for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders’.

Mojgan Zarrabi
Behaviour Therapist
Kayleen Frey
Behaviour Therapist

Kayleen has worked with a variety of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) over the past three years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University. Kayleen has experience working with children and youth with ASD ranging from ages 2-21. She is also experienced in working with individuals with dual diagnosis—including anxiety, conduct and compliance disorders. Kayleen comes to us with experience in research based on child and adolescents behaviour. Available for ABA and PRT therapy, her passion and determination to help children and their families is displayed during her sessions.

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.

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.

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