lauren martell, M.ADS, BCBA

Behaviour Specialist

Availability:  Fridays (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:

Education

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

Training

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.

Professional Development

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.

Experience

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 to behaviour services

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.

Personal Activities

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.