The Staff

The Director: Myra-Jade Lui, BCBA

 

I began training in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in Toronto, in 2002. I was fortunate enough to start out in a rich and gratifying environment working as an instructor in a program that used a variety of evidence-based interventions such as Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction. The main focus of the program was teaching verbal behaviour using Skinner's analysis. This experience allowed me to see just how diverse an ABA program can be, and how teaching language could be so interesting, worthwhile, and enjoyable for both the learner and the teacher. I became fascinated with the very tangible results reached in children with autism using the principles of ABA and in particular Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behaviour. I naturally decided to specialize in this field, seeking and obtaining my board certification as an Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) in 2007 and then as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in 2011.

In 2008 I opened ASD Montreal in response to the growing need for quality ABA services in Montreal. I had worked as a consultant for some years previously for both the public and private sector, and saw so many problems associated with programs that were not supervised carefully, or implemented by serious and well-trained instructors. This is why I work hard to create quality services within our clinic, and how we are able to create and implement high quality programs for their children that look at functional language skills and improve their overall quality of life. In addition to this, as a practitioner who has been certified by the board parents can trust that their program is supervised by an individual who follows ethical codes of conduct and best practice as stated by the Behaviour Analyst's Certification Board (BACB).

* Myra is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has practiced in Montreal for over 10 years. She has consulted to over 200 families and organizations in that time. In 2008 she founded ASD Montreal, a clinic that offers behavioural intervention services to children with autism and related disorders. She divides her time between the clinic and the Miriam Home and Services (CRDITED-Miriam) where she is the Clinical Supervisor for the center-based, IBI program. She has been an invited speaker for organizations such as  McGill University, Lester B. Pearson School Board, and various establishments in France who offer services to individuals with developmental disabilities. She is the President for the Quebec Association for Behaviour Analysis (QcABA), and is currently pursuing her PhD in Education, with a concentration in Special Education.

Clinical Supervisor: Kirsty Robertson, BCBA

 

Kirsty started her work as an ABA instructor/therapist with the West Montreal Readaption Center (CROM) in 2005 while she was a student at Concordia University. She continued this work after graduating in 2006 with a BA in Psychology (Major Psychology, Minor Applied Human Science). It was during this time that she met Myra (who recognized her talents immediately!), and shortly after was invited to join the growing team of ASD Montreal. In 2013 she became a partner of ASD Montreal where she continues to run the daily operations of the clinic and the outreach program.

* Kirsty is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and the Clinical Supervisor of ASD Montreal. She has worked in the field of applied behaviour analysis in Montreal since 2005, and has consulted to over 100 families in that time. She completed her graduate level coursework in applied behaviour analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, and subsequently achieved BCaBA certification in 2012, and BCBA certification in 2015. She has co-authored research recently published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders on the topic of stereotypy. She served as the treasurer of the QcABA from 2012-2015, and is the current secretary for the association. 

The Instructors

ASD Montreal prides itself on the high quality of our instruction. As described before, this comes from ongoing supervision by a certified behavior analysts (BCBA's), as well as from the extensive and continuing training of the instructors. Instructors have undergone a comprehensive training which lasts several weeks, during which a mixture of theory, observation, and practicum takes place. It is common in our field that instructors are placed with children after only a few hours of theoretical training, and even this can come at the client's expense. With the luxury of a clinic-based environment from which to train, we fully take advantage of having all of the necessary resources available to do a thorough and responsible training for each new staff member. We believe that this kind of intensive training is the foundation to becoming an effective instructor, in combination with regular evaluations to assess their skills. Their work is closely monitored, and they are gradually given more and more autonomy as their abilities allow. As a small clinic we believe that quality is essential over quantity, and despite requests to open up more spaces, we will do this only if we feel the quality of our work will not suffer.

The majority of the instructors at the clinic are university graduates or students (both Bachelors and Masters), who are pursuing a career either in the field of Behaviour Analysis, or in related fields such as Special Education or Psychology. We strive to hire staff who are interested in pursuing professional careers as behaviour analysts, and are in the process of the coursework and/or supervision requirements necessary. As of 2016 the staff at the clinic includes 3 BCBA's (including the director and the clinical supervisor), 2 BCaBA's, and 4 Registered Behaviour Technicians (RBT's).

ASD Montreal is able to offer instruction in French, English, and Spanish.

Contact us:

If you are a parent who is interested in the ASD Montreal Clinic, call or email us to make an appointment to visit.

 

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