Our Current IBI team is filled with trained and knowledgeable staff who have a love for their field. Their goals are to provide the children in their services a warm welcoming place to learn. Their commitment to Making Small Talk shows in their work ethics and interaction with the children and families on a daily bases.
President and program director
Linda Hurren is the Founder and Program Director of Making Small Talk (MST). MST provides services to children, teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum as well as many other learning disabilities, and provides support to parents. MST has a variety of programs including Social Skills, IBI, Direct Instruction programs, workshops and behavioural and tutoring services. Making Small Talk is an approved agency through TPAS and Kinark. Making Small Talk works alongside other professions to provide a full support program to the children and families. Prior to founding Making Small Talk, Linda was an educator for special needs in the UK where she was involved in writing curriculums for her clients within the Further Education system. Her work was greatly influenced by a personal meeting with Princess Diana in 1998. She moved to Canada in 2002 and worked with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder within the school board before establishing her own business in 2007 under York Autism Centre in King City. This then flourished and expanded into the services and programs offered today as Making Small Talk. Linda has twenty plus years of experience supporting and writing programs for children, youth, adults and supporting their families with learning disabilities. Linda runs workshops and training sessions, and provides behaviour consultancy to families. Making Small Talk is now expanding to serve more children and families within the York Region.
MARY BETH LEROUX
Mary Beth has been working in the child care field for over 19 years in both the U.S. and Canada as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) running nursery school programs and managing child care centres. While completing her Graduate Certification for Autism and Behavioural Therapy she was introduced to Making Small Talk. Mary Beth has developed a School Readiness Program for pre school children diagnosed with ASD where she works alongside the child to help them reach their full potential preparing them for full integration in a traditional classroom setting. Mary Beth is certified in Handwriting Without Tears where the children have made great gains and she is a lead member in the social skills programs. Mary Beth is excited to be working with Making Small Talk and applying her unique skill set to the great team here.
SENIOR THERAPIST, BCBA CANdiDATE
Anita has over 8 years of knowledge and experience working with children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as an advanced diploma in Behavioural Science Technology. After receiving her Master’s degree in Special Education/Education Psychology with a focus in Applied Behaviour Analysis she began the process of receiving her BCBA. Anita worked for 3 years as an Instructor Therapist for centres in the Greater Toronto Area, she then moved to Making Small Talk. Anita currently works as the Senior Therapist for Making Small Talk. Anita truly enjoys every minute at Making Small Talk and hopes that your child can do the same.
Samantha first started working with children at YMCA camps as a 1:1 counsellor. She worked for the YMCA while she completed her diploma in Behavioural Science and Technology at George Brown College. Samantha had the pleasure of joining the Making Small Talk team as an Instructor Therapist for the IBI program.
Stafani recently graduated from George Brown College with a postgraduate diploma in Autism and Behavioural Science. She has been working as an Instructor Therapist at MST. Stafani graduated from Western University with a bachelors degree in Health Sciences. Stafani is an enthusiastic, self driven individual who continues to strive to gain more knowledge and experience within the field.
Vicky started in the Special Education field 8 years ago working with a number of individuals with different physical and intellectual needs. Vicky started working as an Instructor Therapist just over 2 years ago. Vicky graduated from Sheridan College, holds a PEC level 1 and is a member of ONTABA.