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When a child learns a new skill, whether it be printing her own name, or standing up on skates for the very first time, that child develops a sense of mastery that is inherently linked to self-esteem and ongoing development.

Our Staff

Rose Rowan, O.T. Reg. (Ont.), Director
Rose completed her Occupational Therapy studies (M. Cl. Sc. O.T.) at the University of Western Ontario in 1999, and two previous undergraduate degrees in Biology and Piano Performance (U.W.O.). Rose is registered with the College of Occupational Therapy of Ontario and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Rose has worked as an O.T. in school health support for over ten years, in which she has consulted in various school boards to provide programming and equipment recommendations for school-aged children with a variety of special needs, and has previously enjoyed working in both in-patient and community-based physical and neurological rehabilitation, as well as mental health.

Rose has both a professional and personal interest in Asperger's Syndrome and other Spectrum Disorders. She has attended numerous conferences and training on Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders including courses by Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, Ellen Yack, Brenda Smith Myles, the late John Ortiz of the Asperger Institute in Pennsylvania, and through the Geneva Center. One of Rose's main areas of focus is providing social skills training and functional skill building through group and individual therapy.

Amanda Farmer, BMT, MTA, OCT,   Registered Music Therapist           

Amanda completed her Music Therapy degree at the University of Windsor and went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. Amanda is an accredited Music Therapist (MTA) through the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and is also a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She enjoys working with children with special needs and seniors. Amanda has provided Music Therapy for nursing homes, a summer camp for children with special needs and other organizations aimed at helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In addition to her undergraduate studies, Amanda has completed Special Education Part 1 at Queen’s University and has also completed Grade 9 piano and Grade 8 voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  

 

Caroline O'Grady,  BMT, Music Therapist

  Caroline holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Acadia University, and is completing her accreditation with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, and is a member of the Music Therapy Association for Ontario.  In her work, Caroline brings a strong love and understanding of music, therapeutic training and creative programming.  Caroline has also completed courses on the Neuroscience of Music Therapy and Facilitating Speech & Language in children with disabilities.  Caroline is available for group and individual Music Therapy sessions. 

 

Angela Turner, RECE.C,  Autism Resource Consultant

Angela has over 23 years experience working directly with children, and their parents, living with a wide range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She is experienced in the area of program development and education of both parents and professionals. 

Angela also worked as a Provincial Autism Resource Consultant on a Provincial Project at Geneva Centre for Autism.  This role involved educating Educational Assistants (EAs) and Preschool Resource Teachers across Ontario about Autism.  Following the conclusion of the Provincial Project, Angela continued to work on contract through the Geneva Centre for training of parents and professionals on a variety of ASD related topics.  

 

 

Other Support Staff

Included in our staff are Occupational Therapy Assistants, Educational Assistants, and other individuals with specialized training to support individuals with Autism Spectrum or other neuro-developmental disorders. Our assistants work under the supervision of the therapists and assist in implementing treatment plans for individuals and in groups.