Director & Founder: Leslie Vella, M.A., BCBA
Hello and thank you for visiting Reaching Beyond Autism’s website! My name is Leslie and I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). I have had the honour of working with children with autism and their families for over 17 years through positions in both the public and private sector as well as within the public education system. My journey began at Trent University in Peterborough, ON where I received my degree in Psychology. In my forth year I took a course called ‘Behavioural Psychology’ and my life changed forever. It was then that I was first introduced to concepts such as reinforcement and prompting. I found that the more I learned the more I wanted to know. Shortly after graduating I was hired by a family to work with their young son who had autism. I will never forget how excited I was to have the chance to implement the behavioural principles I had just learned. It was an amazing and rewarding experience to watch that boy learn and grow. A few years later I received my Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno. The enjoyment and experiences I gained while earning my Maste’s Degree further strengthened my love and dedication to this field. My journey continues though the launching of Reaching Beyond Autism where I get to live my dream everyday! Please contact me if you would like to discuss the services offered by Reaching Beyond Autism.
Instructor Therapists / Classroom Readiness Program Staff:
At Reaching Beyond Autism we have a team of highly trained staff that bring a wealth of skills and experiences. Our team includes certified teachers and behaviour specialists.
For families receiving provincial funding for their child’s Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) program, we work closely with Psychologists as mandated by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services.