Lee Bent has been working with children with Autism and other developmental challenges for over 20 years. With her background in psychology and her extensive experience in the field, Lee found her passion working directly with the children. She has worked with children as young as 2 ½ and up to 18 years of age in numerous settings (home, centre, community, school, day care and social groups. Lee has an innate sense for behaviour management and was quickly promoted to a Senior Therapist where she worked alongside a Clinician who nurtured her flair with ABA. After seven years in the field working with numerous children, on her colleagues encouragement, she decided to open a centre to utilize, nurture and expand her skill set and broaden her experience working with children with particular challenging behavioural needs. After much consideration,
Under the guidance of her then clinical supervisor, Lee participated in a successful supported inclusion pilot in a school for two years from 2005-2007. She had a full team supporting a child daily from 9:00-3:15 redirecting, managing challenging behaviours, and teaching the full time EA how to support the child. Lee is quite aware of the challenges that exist in a classroom setting when the support available is insufficient to meet the child’s needs, especially when challenging behaviours interfere with a child’s ability to learn. The strategies she developed in collaboration with the clinical supervisor, her clinician and the school was very encouraging, and resulted in great gains for that child. These strategies have long been used at Endless PossABILITIES’ classroom with great success! This is an area that Lee is passionate about, and continues to pursue and encourages collaboration and open communication between the schools and Endless PossABILITIES to maximize each child’s potential while at school. She knows with proper support, children with ASDs will do better and thrive in a school setting. Her hope is to one day have this model as part of the school curriculum for children with ASDs.
Lee is an avid advocate for children on the spectrum and supports the Autism Community in their quest for a fair and equitable program for children with ASDs. Lee has worked with families privately, as well as those under the old AIP, the OAP and now the Childhood Budgets. She has facilitated and attended meetings with MPPs, parent groups, rallies and walkathons not only to raise awareness, but to show her support to the children she works with, their families, the community, and the policy makers.
Lee’s goal is to create a safe and fun environment for the children to teach independence, nurture self-esteem, and increase learning. Her desire is to generalize the skills acquired at
Dr. James C.K. Porter, C. Psych, BCBA, is a registered psychologist with a private practice in clinical and counseling psychology and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). He is working primarily in the field of autism.
In addition to his clinical work in these areas, Dr. Porter is currently busy in administrative activities associated with his position as current president of the Canadian Association for Behaviour Analysis (CABA) and is a past-president of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).
As our Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Porter consults with families, our clinical team as well as oversees programs for both funded and on a consultative basis for private clients. Dr. Porter also consults and supports us in regular parent support meetings, as well as staff development events, to ensure we continue to deliver quality services as per the Ministry’s mandate and each child’s individualized needs. Dr. Porter can also be consulted through
Senior Therapists (ST)
All Senior Therapists have a University or College credentials in psychology or related field, Behavioural Sciences diploma, a Masters degree or a BCaBA certification. They have extensive experience, training and knowledge in Applied Behaviour principles.
They are the primary contact with the family and liaise with other professionals and community groups including schools. They make program recommendations, analyze data, probe, problem solve and conduct assessments. They supervise the LITs and ITs.
Lead Instructor Therapists (LIT)
The Lead Instructor Therapists have a University or College credentials in psychology or related field, Behavioural Sciences diploma, a Masters degree or a BCaBA certification. They work under the supervision of the Senior Therapist, the Director and Clinical Psychologist and typically manage the binders and generate reports/summaries under the Senior Therapist’s request. The Lead Instructor Therapists support the ITs.
Lead Therapist (LT)
All our Instructor Therapists have a university or college education in psychology or other related field and have experience and knowledge in Applied Behaviour Principles Our Lead Therapists have extensive experience in planning and implementing curriculum based lessons and carry out the lessons, grade and monitor progress for each child.
Instructor Therapists (IT)
The Instructor Therapists have a University or College credentials in psychology or related field and a Behavioural Sciences diploma, have experience in the field and knowledge on Applied Behaviour principles.
All Instructor Therapists are trained, observed and evaluated with each child and have ongoing training from the clinical team. They work under the supervision of the Senior Therapist, the Lead Instructor Therapist, the Director and Clinical Psychologist and are the front workers. Their primary responsibility is to run programs and protocols with the children.
“I am so unbelievably greatful to the staff at
Endless PossABILITIES,. Not only are they highly trained and extremely expereinced, they have gone above and beyond regarding Respite Care for my wife and I. Having a child with Down's Syndrome is an incedible gift, yet comes with many challenges. The staff at Endless PossABILITIES,have this made this process so much easier and we will be forever thankful.”