Danielle Pessah, M.A., BCBA
I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) practicing in Victoria, British Columbia. I have a Masters of Arts degree in Applied Disability Studies, specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Brock University in Ontario.
I am passionate about working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder and have over 13 years of experience working with children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities.
I have worked in a variety of diverse Applied Behaviour Analysis settings and have extensive experience in parent training, intensive behaviour intervention, school behaviour consultation, direct behaviour therapy, and have led many workshops and talks.
I have experience providing behaviour therapy in a variety of settings including: homes, clinics, schools, hospitals, and community environments.
Listen to me speak to Victoria’s own Dr. Kang and Dr. Power on the Growing Healthy Podcast!
I worked as a Senior Behaviour Therapist in Toronto at a large non profit organization as a consultant. I have experience working within a multidisciplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Nurses, Speech Language Pathologists at a large government funded agency. I also worked in a clinic closely with a Developmental Paediatrician, Nurse, and Psychiatrist where we reduced problematic behaviours by using both medical and behavioural models of care.
I have worked with individuals with a variety of diagnoses including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioural Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, Fragile X Syndrome, Dual diagnosis, Williams Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome, and Typical Children.
My clinical interests are empowering mediators to meet the behavioural needs of the learner. I have conducted extensive research on this approach called the mediator model. My Masters thesis was entitled “Bridges and Barriers to the implementation of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)”. I used focus groups and interviews of behaviour therapists, speech language pathologists, and parents of children with Developmental Delays and Autism to investigate the use of the mediator model in parent training. In order to see success for the learner it is essential that parents are apart the team.
Training and Certifications
- Board Certified Behaviour Analyst 1500 training hours including 75 supervision hours
- Direct Instruction Training
- Enhancing Health Professionals in Inter-professional Care training
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training
- Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics
- Non-violent Crisis Prevention Intervention
- Provincial Intensive Behavioural Intervention Training Course
- Pyramid Educational Consultants Training in Critical Communication Skills
- Red Cross First Aid & CPR C
- Safe Management Training
- Consulted at Sick Kids Hospital for children with challenging behaviours
- Worked as an Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultant (ASD) within schools and provided educational workshops to families and staff
- Consulted to a walk in clinic in Toronto for youth and teenagers with mental health issues
- Worked with children in Intensive Behavioural Intervention, this is where I conducted 20-40 hours of Applied Behaviour Analysis a week with children
- Worked with children using Direct Instruction to teach them to decode and comprehend reading
- Worked as a teacher assistant for undergraduate courses
- Worked as a social skills and snoozelen room coordinator
- Education assistant for children with ASD
- Communication facilitator for adults with Aphasia
- Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
- Special Olympics Coach
- English as a Second Language teaching assistant