About

group-autism-disordersIntegrated 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.

about-pat-oconnor-2Integrated 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.


pat-oconnor-autism-coachPatricia O'Connor

Patricia O’Connor has lived her life surrounded by people with learning differences and special needs. From a very young age she was immersed- having a father physically affected by polio and close relatives such as Molly who was deaf and mute as well as Jackie who had a developmental delay.

The person who provided the most inspiration for her life’s work was baby brother Chris. He rocked the O’Connor’s world with his unique perspective and communication style, multiple sensory issues and repetitive behaviours that brought family members to tears and left groups of specialists in white lab coats puzzled and dismayed. Diagnosis: autism- in the days when the incidence of autism in the general population was 1/10,000. What to do – no one knew? Sanatoriums for 6 year olds were in fashion at the time – complete with padded rooms and straight jackets!!  That is the day the career in ASD began – although this was unknown at the time.

Years have passed and many gains have been made in the field however autism has grown up and the services and supports for adults have remained in their infancy. Barriers for independence and employment exist and inclusive community living remains an elusive dream.

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.

Patricia has recently been invited to be a Clinical Associate at the Redpath Centre in Toronto.

View Patricia's Redpath Clinical Affiliate Profile

Read Patricia's Bio here


Paulette 2 300Paulette Goddard

Paulette has supported individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families for the past 25 years. Following the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis, she has been creating and delivering training to teachers and parents on a variety of topics.

Paulette’s work has involved coaching and supporting social skills in the natural environment as well as supporting individuals in managing stress/anxiety through developing an awareness of emotions, and creating a breath & movement practices to assist with emotional regulation.

Currently Paulette’s primary focus has been working with adults with ASD. Since 2013 she has been involved with Integrated Autism Consulting as a coach and teacher for the Transition to Life course.

Paulette@integratedautismconsulting.com


VickyVicky Gillespie

We welcome Vicky as the newest member of the IAC team. Vicky earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University in North Bay.

Through the Geneva Centre for Autism, Vicky has recently completed the Applied Behaviour Analysis Course for Educators. She has teaching experience in various places around the world including Japan, Australia and Scotland, just to name a few!

Vicky’s warm yet firm and fresh approach to teaching make her an ideal coach and mentor for our young adults on the Spectrum. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, reading, traveling and camping with her family.

Vicky@integratedautismconsulting.com


 IAC_Rachel.jpgRachel Marks

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.

Rachel@integratedautismconsulting.com

 

 


 Heather.jpgHeather Kidd

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.

                          Heather@integratedautismconsulting.com


 Chantelle_.jpgChantelle Farrugia

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.

                                                                                 

Chantelle@integratedautismconsulting.com

 


chris 300Chris Balderston

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.

Chris@integratedautismconsulting.com