Kathie Shaw MSW, RSW, BCBA
Kathie is the founder and Clinical Supervisor of A Balanced Approach. She has been working in the field of Autism and ABA since 1993 and has specifically worked in the field of IBI since 2000 when the Provincial IBI initiative began. After completing her undergraduate degree at Trent University, she went on to receive her diploma in Social Work, then later her Masters in Social Work at Sir Wilfred Laurier University. In May 2011, Kathie finished her BCBA certification after completing the course work with Dr. Vince Carbone. She is a registered social worker and a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers. She is approved as a Clinical Supervisor for the DFO in the IBI program. She also became a certified NVCI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention) instructor with CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) in 2012.
Kathie is passionate about working with children with autism. She is passionate about ABA and in particular Verbal Behaviour. She has a strongly held belief that every child has the right to learn to read, write, and most importantly have a friend. She believes that, generally, when people first hear the word “autism” that their expectations of that child are dramatically lowered. She believes that if expectations are appropriate and teaching strategies are accommodated children can and will learn.
Kathie works very closely with families to address concerns and help them cope with day to day living. She believes therapy needs to go beyond the therapeutic hours that the child is receiving and that parents are a pivotal part in a child’s progress.