About Us

Our Team

  • Skye Scholander - Behaviour Consultant/Speech-Language Pathologist
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    Skye Scholander
    Behaviour Consultant/Speech-Language Pathologist

    In 2014, Skye completed her Board Certified Behaviour Analyst training. She is currently listed on the Registered Autism Service Providers list with the Ministry of Children and Families as a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Behaviour Consultant. She is authorized to bill directly to the Ministry for services for children under 6 with autism spectrum disorder.

    Skye has a wide variety of training to augment her background in communication and applied behaviour analysis (for a comprehensive listing please see CV). Workshops and training attended include the following:

    • Early Start Denver Model Introductory and Advanced Workshops
    • SCERTS Introductory and Advanced Workshops
    • Reference and Regulate © Introductory and Service Provider Workshops
    • Reference and Regulate 5 Day Internship
    • S.O.S. Approach to Feeding
    • PEERS 4 day Advanced Training for Professionals (Social skills training for adolescents and young adults with ASD)
    • Functional Analysis and Treatment of Severe Behaviour Disorders

    Skye is currently a member of Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC #6091), the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHHPBC #1090), and the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (#1-14-16866).

    In 2015 Skye started Early Start Autism Therapy Ltd. with the goal of integrating her background in communication training with her additional training and intervention techniques for working with children with ASD and their families. While the Early Start Denver Model provides the primary model for our therapy programs, other approaches are incorporated as well. Currently, ESAT has two Regional Managers, one Team Leader, and 10 behavioural interventionists working with over 30 families from Delta to Chilliwack.

    Email : skye@earlystartforautism.com

    Phone : 778-908-1092

    Click for CV

  • Danielle den Admirant - Regional Manager (Abbotsford/Mission/Chilliwack)
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    Danielle den Admirant
    Regional Manager (Abbotsford/Mission/Chilliwack)

    Danielle has been working with children and adults with a wide range of exceptional needs for 15 years. Danielle brings her diverse educational background to her work. She studied Theatre, Criminology and Languages at the University of the Fraser Valley. She received her Theatre Arts Diploma in 2002. Danielle continues to attend workshops and trainings regularly on a variety of topics relating to human development and behaviour, as she is always eager to learn and grow!

    Over the years, Danielle has held positions in group home settings and day programs for adults. She has also supported children in after school and summer care programs. She has worked with children of all abilities in a variety of specialty areas including programming for music, dance and drama camps. Danielle has had extensive experience providing many years of foster care and respite care for children with a variety of needs. Danielle also has three amazing children of her own - 14 years old, eight years old and a five year old. When her youngest children were small she ran a successful home daycare.

    Danielle started working with Skye as a Behaviour Interventionist in 2011. Not long after, Skye and Danielle joined forces with Loyst and Associates Autism Services to bring Reference and Regulate Intervention to families in the Fraser Valley. Since then, Danielle has developed her skills in other intervention approaches including the Early Start Denver Model, SOS Feeding Therapy, Applied Behaviour Analysis methods, and the Picture Exchange Communication System. Danielle held the position of Senior Behaviour Interventionist for two years with Loyst and Associates. In addition to her direct intervention duties, she was responsible for supporting and training other staff to provide high quality autism therapy.

    In January 2015, Danielle accepted the role of Team Leader for the Fraser Valley clinic of Loyst and Associates. She is now thoroughly enjoying her new position as Early Start Autism Therapy’s Regional Manager for the Mission/Abbotsford/Chilliwack clinic. Danielle is excited to work with the rest of her team to continue to offer high quality, family-focused therapy programs in the Fraser Valley.

    Danielle enjoys her job immensely. In her words: “I get the best of both worlds. I get to connect with the families AND still play with the kids!”

    Email : Danielle@earlystartforautism.com

    Phone : 604-615-0360

  • Michelle Fraser - Junior Consultant (on maternity leave until January, 2017)
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    Michelle Fraser
    Junior Consultant (on maternity leave until January, 2017)

    Michelle is currently enrolled in the Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst Program through Florida Institute of Technology. She is working to complete her BCaBA designation with the goal of becoming a Behaviour Consultant and looks forward to continuing to support children and families as she completes her program.

    Michelle Fraser has been working with children and families for over 7 years in various settings. She has worked in families' homes as a nanny, provided over night respite care, and facilitated after school programs. While providing respite services, she found her passion for working with children with special needs and supporting families. With this passion in mind, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care at the University of the Fraser Valley. During her studies at UFV, Michelle also completed a Social Services Diploma and an Early Childhood Educator Assistant license.

    Throughout her B.A. (CYC) program, Michelle completed four practicum placements in addition to her academic courses. She facilitated weekly youth groups, presented topics at young parent support groups, and planned events for families in the community. During her last practicum placement, she focused her educational training on infant development at a child development centre in her community. She created and implemented goals based on each child's current needs and supported families with continuing these goals in their home. She gained a wide range of knowledge on developmental delays, various diagnoses, and infant development assessments. She brings her knowledge for creating and implementing developmentally appropriate goals for children to her position with Early Start Autism Therapy.

    While working for Loyst and Associates, Michelle implemented the Reference and Regulate curriculum while providing direct therapy to children as a Behaviour Interventionist. After working as a BI for two years, Michelle began her role as a Team Leader for Early Start Autism Therapy in the Surrey/Delta/Langley clinic. She enjoys supporting BIs to ensure that each child is receiving the best therapy program possible and she values her amazing ESAT team. She loves going to work each day because of the amazing families and children she works with.

    In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, scrapbooking, and spends as much time as possible boating and wakeboarding on Kalamalka Lake in Vernon, BC.

    Email : michelle@earlystartforautism.com

    Phone : 604-842-2482

  • Taylor Willis - Junior Consultant (Surrey/Delta/Langley)
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    Taylor Willis
    Acting Regional Manager/Junior Consultant (Surrey/Delta/Langley)

    Taylor has completed the Early Start Denver Model Introductory and Advanced Workshops. She has finished all her coursework for the Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst Program through Florida Institute of Technology. In addition she has also completed 1000 supervised clinical fieldwork hours working with children with ASD under the supervision of a BCBA providing and overseeing intensive autism therapy programs. Her goal is to continue on with a Master's program and become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

    Taylor has been working with children and families for over six years in various settings. She has worked in group homes with adults with autism as well as other developmental disabilities, with youth in outreach settings, co-facilitated psycho-educational groups for children, and worked one on one with children with autism. Taylor also spent many years in the childcare field which took her as far as Scotland!

    Taylor completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Simon Fraser University, where she focused on developmental psychology, as well as social psychology. Taylor continues to attend workshops and training to continuously increase her knowledge.

    After working as a Behaviour Interventionist for over a year, Taylor began her position as Team Leader/Junior Consultant in the Surrey/Delta/Langley clinic for Early Start Autism Therapy. She enjoys working with the amazing children and families at ESAT, as well as a great team!

    Taylor has completed all the coursework for her Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst program through Florida Institute of Technology. She has also completed 1000 supervised clinical fieldwork hours. Her goal is to become a Behavior Consultant and she looks forward to continuing to support children and families as she obtains her BCaBA credential.

Behaviour Interventionists

Our BI’s are the backbone of our therapy programs. They are the ones who provide direct service to children in their homes, daycares or school settings. We hire BI’s from a wide variety of backgrounds including Early Childhood Education, psychology, education or applied behaviour analysis. The majority of our BI’s are employed full-time with our company. The main qualities we look for in a BI regardless of education are:

  • a natural ability to play with very young children, and
  • the ability to be flexible and adapt to the needs of children with ASD.

Once hired, we provide BI’s with three weeks of training within our clinic, ongoing training opportunities every two months, and a professional education allowance. Our BI’s also receive supervision from Team Leaders or Regional Managers with each client at least every other week to support them in implementation of goals, management of behaviour, and any other clinical issues.