Integrated Autism Consulting was founded in the year 2000. After decades of employment, skill development and knowledge acquisition in the autism field the concept of providing a holistic, eclectic support service for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families emerged. Since ASD is a complex disorder involving communication and social skills, self-regulation, anxiety and sensory issues, and each individual is affected differently, specialized personnel were being accessed for each of the specific needs – attention on the details – not the person as a whole. Confused parents ran from “specialist” to “specialist” and arrived home with a range of treatments and strategies that would take a small army to implement.
Integrated Autism Consulting focuses on all facets of the disorder and person and provides an integrated and individualized approach to services.
Integrated Autism Consulting is a business on a mission to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders be as independent and as included as they are able.
Integrated Autism Consulting provides skilled, evidence and solution-based services for families, professionals and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan and spectrum. We are dedicated to providing training, coaching, consultation, advocacy and developing individualized programs and curriculum to facilitate independence and community integration. Supporting young adults with Asperger Syndrome, as they transition from secondary school, has become a primary focus.
Integrated Autism Consulting has a network of associates to provide a comprehensive service delivery approach, whenever necessary. Speech language therapists, physiotherapy and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, employment specialists as well as mediation and legal supports can be accessed to support individuals or groups.
Patricia O’Connor is an educator with 40 years experience. She founded Integrated Autism Consulting to address the burgeoning needs of individuals with ASD. During the past 25 years, she has conducted ASD specific workshops for families and professionals, consulted to an international agency to develop curriculum specifically for young adults with ASD, assisted businesses in integrating employees, acted as an expert witness in a successful constitutional law challenge, as well as coaching clients and their families. Since 2010 she has created innovative programs for young adults and their parents including Transition to Life and Imagine a Life. She is currently working on a new workshop for young adults with ASD – Transition to Work. Her passion for the ASD population and belief in her role as a change agent for individuals and their families motivates her to assist, support and guide them to success and fulfillment in their lives.
Specializations: Consultation, functional assessments, coaching, training, mentoring, program development and advocacy for youth, young adults and adults with Asperger Syndrome/HFA transitioning to the world of work, post-secondary education, and independent living.
Rachel has worked with the Autism community for the past eight years. She enjoys helping people living with ASD to reach their potential and reach their goals. She has been a teacher and coach for the Transition to Life course since 2015. You can find Rachel in the Kingston, Smith Falls, Perth and Brockville areas.
Rachel has a background in theatre and still works in the arts, but now with a focus on accessibility and inclusion.
Heather brings over 30 years’ experience working with children, youth and their families with complex needs, in both education and mental health settings; with extensive experience in individual and group counselling as well as the provision of training and consultation to parents and professionals.
From 2000 – 2016 Heather worked as a member of the Dufferin-Peel School Board Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), team where she consulted and developed programs for children and youth ages 4 to 21 years of age. In addition, Heather was an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Facilitator supporting and implementing Ministry of Education mandates for Autism.
Currently, Heather’s passion and focus is working and supporting individuals with high functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. She specializes in helping individuals understand their diagnosis of ASD as a neurological difference, managing anxiety and depression, self-advocacy and independence.
Heather is proud to be a member of the Integrated Autism Consulting team. She looks forward to bringing her skills and expertise to supporting individuals on the ASD spectrum.
Erin Lalande is our Communications and Instructional Designer, she is also a Teacher and Coach. Erin has previously worked with IAC as the Program Coordinator for young adult workshops, and Social Club Coordinator from 2014 - 2016. She has had a large role in the marketing and administration aspects of the Centre. Erin has also been involved with the Transition to Life course as a Teaching Assistant and Coach in Ottawa, Durham and Barrie.
Erin enjoys playing guitar, hiking and outdoor adventures, art and design, reading and music. Erin is an Ontario Certified Teacher and has a background in Education, Public Policy, Research and Technology. She has a passion for inclusive design and enjoys educating students of various backgrounds and unique abilities.
Chantelle has supported individuals with disabilities, and their families, for the past 13 years. She has worked in school, community, home and clinical settings with clients ranging in age from 5-65.
Chantelle's work has involved support with education and learning, as well as supporting social skills, life skills and rehabilitation therapy. She has also had years of experience with Applied Behaviour Analysis and other behaviour techniques.
Chantelle is currently a coach for the Transition to Life Program.
Diane Mainville: Northeastern Ontario
Diane is a parent of a young adult with Asperger Syndrome who is successfully attending post secondary studies. In her search to help her son flourish in life, she has taken a variety of courses offered by the Geneva Center in Toronto and Autism Ontario which has lead her to connect with the families of children with autism in her community and provide support to them.
Since 2009, she has been very active with Autism Ontario in being a member of their Provincial Support Committee for French Services in Ontario. Diane and her son both have contributed to the French section of the Autism Matters magazine in submitting articles to promote awareness and propose strategies for people on the Autism Spectrum.
Diane will offer the Transition to Life course in both French and English to the Northeastern communities of Ontario.
Diane est la mère d'un jeune adulte avec le syndrome d'asperger qui poursuit des études postsecondaires avec succès. Dans sa recherche de l'épanouissement de son fils, elle s'engage à prendre des formations diverses sur l'autisme offerts par le Centre Genève à Toronto et Autisme Ontario ce qui l'incita à rejoindre les familles avec des enfants autistes dans sa communauté pour leur offrir son aide.
Depuis 2009, elle fut très active auprès d'Autisme Ontario en siégeant sur le comité provincial de consultation pour les services en français en Ontario. Diane et son fils ont tous deux contribué à la section "Info Autisme" du magazine "Autism Matters" en soumettant des articles pour promouvoir la sensibilisation et proposer des stratégies pour les personnes sur le spectre de l'autisme.
Diane offrira le cours Transition à la vie en français et en anglais dans les communautés du Nord-Est de l'Ontario.
Chris has been involved with IAC for the last several of years. He is a sought after mentor for young adults at the Centre and is actively involved in community outings wherein he supports and directs skills for independence in the community. Chris facilitates group interactive learning / social experiences / events at a weekly social group…The Social Club.
Chris is passionate about technology and has always loved to tinker with things.
He received his Diploma from Georgian College for Computer Programmer Analyst in 2015 and is currently working as a Tech Services Specialist at Staples Business Depot. In his spare time he is fond of exploration and also enjoys trading card games, as well as collecting and playing video games.
Nicole has a wide range of experience supporting and working with young people and is excited to use these experiences to support the young adults at our Centre. Not only will she be supporting our existing Social Club, but she will be creating and offering a new social experience for young women. The new activity will be an opportunity to empower our young women through positive relationships. Nicole loves the outdoors and in her spare time, enjoys reading, writing and running.