lauren martell, M.ADS., BCBA
Availability: Tuesdays (5-9 p.m.) (Note: other times may be available by appointment)
Education, Training, & Professional Development
Hello! My name is Lauren Martell and I look forward to meeting you and your family. Here is a little about me to start the introductions:
At the age of 14, I started volunteering at local agencies with children with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This early experience made selecting my post-secondary education easy. These are my achievements in education:
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - Brock University
Behaviour Science and Technology Diploma - St. Lawrence College
Master of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)- Brock University
As per the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board, I completed 1500 hours of supervised field work and completed all course work at a Master’s level to write and pass the Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) exam.
I truly feel that I am forever learning and growing. I am passionate about providing high-quality, evidence-based service.
Member of Ontario Association for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) and attend their conference annually.
Attend other provincial and national conferences in the field of ABA and intervention/support for youth, adults, and families.
Participate in research (as a primary/secondary/assistant) focusing on identifying evidenced-based/best practice approaches for various behaviour concerns and presenting these ideas at provincial conferences.
Currently, I have over 5 years experience working in the field of behaviour analysis meeting with children and youth with developmental disabilities and/or mental health concerns and their families. Here are some examples of how I engage in this work:
Behaviour Consultant working with children, youth, and families/caregivers within the community to target challenging behaviours in the home, community, and school environments.
Behaviour Consultant for adolescents and adults who engage in inappropriate sexual behaviour or display a need for education/skill development in the domain of healthy sexuality and relationships skills.
Support children and youth with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), various learning disabilities, intellectual/developmental disabilities, dual diagnoses, and other mental health diagnoses such as borderline personality disorder (BPD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Instructor Therapist in an Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) clinic for children diagnosed with ASD.
Actively involved in Special Olympics Ontario (Greater Durham Region) as a local coach and the Clinical lead for the Strong Minds Event at the Spring 2017 Provincials for Special Olympics Ontario at the High School Level.
My Style & Approach
Applied Behaviour Analysis is a science that supports skill development and behaviour change. It is applied, which means the intervention must meet the needs of the person and their family/caregivers. My approach includes observation/assessment, intervention development, intervention implementation, and consistent monitoring that includes the person and their family/caregivers throughout each step of the process. My training and skill set allows me to support families with various concerns such as teaching life/social skills, decreasing challenging behaviour, and targeting behaviour concerns both in the home and in the community.
You are a critical part of the team and I look forward to working with you to develop an individualized program that targets your goals.
In my spare time I like to hang-out with my dog, play sports/fitness, continue to pursue my educational goals in research, and have family BBQ’s! Lobster is by far my favourite meal (as I am an East Coast girl) and I like sitting by the water and enjoying the view.