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At New Leaf Autism & ABA Services, we’re committed to providing you and your loved ones with exceptional services in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. Our staff are experienced clinicians with various post-graduate training and education in Autism and ABA.
We are centrally located in Niagara Falls, and easily accessed by public transit.
New Leaf Autism & ABA was founded to provide those with Developmental Disabilities in the Niagara region with access to essential services they need to help them live meaningful, independent lives. We have experienced first-hand, the detrimental effects that long waitlists can have on those with Autism and therefore we strive to ensure that we provide services in a timely manner.
New Leaf Autism & ABA provides services to those of all ages including ABA, IBI, consultative services (with families, schools and community agencies), assessment and social groups. We ensure that our services are evidence-based and developed to fit the needs of families and caregivers. Providing a service for everyone regardless of age, skill level or behavioural concern is a priority of ours.
Kelly Burke, MA, BCBA
Kelly has been involved in the field of developmental disabilities since 2002. After graduating from Brock University, Kelly obtained her master’s degree in psychology in 2011 and obtained her BCBA designation in 2019.
Over the course of her career she has worked with individuals of all abilities from the age of 2 – 75. During that time, Kelly’s focus has been on working with families and individuals with severe behaviour concerns, ranging from self-injurious behaviour, aggression and other significant maladaptive behaviours. She has worked for several DFO providers in the Hamilton-Halton-Niagara region as well as private agencies supporting children, adults and their families in their homes, out in the community and in school.
As the Clinical Director at New Leaf Autism & ABA Services, Kelly ensures that all of the clinical services that New Leaf delivers are evidence-based and top quality. She also oversees our Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as New Leaf’s Clinical Supervisor.
Kelly is also mom to our service dog, Hank, who is a regular support to both clients and staff here at New Leaf.
Kirsten has been working in the field of developmental disabilities since 2007. She has worked for McMaster Children’s Hospital and Erinoak, as well as a number of private ABA centres and has supported hundreds of children and adults on the autism spectrum over the last 14 years.
She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Psychology, specializing in Behaviour Analysis and expects to write her BCBA exam in the fall of 2020.
As the Director at New Leaf Autism & ABA Services, Kirsten is responsible for managing day-to-day business operations, as well as overseeing the growth and expansion of services and staff.
Our Senior Therapists are Master's level graduates in Education and Psychology with post-graduate studies in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Their diverse backgrounds allows us to work collaboratively with various paraprofessionals and parents. Our current Senior Therapists are completing their BCBA required supervision with intentions to complete their certification in early 2021.
Our Instructor Therapists and front-line staff are well-trained and have completed post graduate studies in Autism and ABA. All interventionists are closely supervised by our senior staff and undergo frequent hands-on training to ensure that their skills are up-to-date and precise. RBT certification is a requirement with our front-line staff and we work together to support them during this professional development.
All staff have experience in providing evidence-based services (ABA) to a variety of populations including children, youth and adults with varying levels of functioning. We have provided services in various settings such as clinics, residential settings, private homes and schools.
Ensuring families are treated with respect and compassion is one of our core goals. We not only desire family input, we require it so you can be sure that you feel heard when setting priority goals for your loved one.
HEARD ABOUT HANK?
Hank is a valued part of our team. He is not a service dog however he provides emotional support to some of our learners. He has undergone behavioural training and is the big brother to a 4-year old little girl! He has assisted a number of our learners with the transition to therapy and keeps our staff and families smiling
Not a dog person/fearful of animals? No problem we ensure Hank only attends on days when its a benefit to everyone!