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Behaviour support for families

End power struggles. Find connection.

Wake up every day and know it’s going to be okay.

Online behaviour support

Got a phone or an internet connection? Access professional help for your family today. No waiting list, no driving, no time off work.

At-home behaviour support

Start solving tough behaviour problems 1-1 or with the whole family. Flexible hours, no fee for travel within Toronto.

Resources

Games, activities and ideas for understanding challenging behaviour problems.

You are not alone!

Hello! I’m Amelia

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst

I help kids who struggle to learn “the hard way.”

Without essential skills such as emotional self-regulation, self-control and planning, children struggle to “make good choices.”

I help parents set their children up for success by teaching in a gentle and creative way. Without these learning opportunities, some children feel defeated and eventually defiant. With the right support, every family can enjoy more cooperation and connection and less chaos and frustration.

How I help

Defiance

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When children say “no,” it’s important to understand why. Simple compliance and control is not the goal of parenting. As children grow, they are learning to communicate, compromise and cooperate. Let’s find out more about why your child is struggling to say “say yes.”

Staying calm

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Staying calm despite the chaos can be a huge challenge. Instead of asking “what’s wrong with me?” or “what’s wrong with my family,” I help parents look at their child’s behaviour with curiosity and compassion, and to have an effective preventative plan in place to make sure each day is a fresh start.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder usually have a long history of struggling to meet expectations. They have missed opportunities for positive interaction, and built patterns of conflict with teachers and family members. I help parents rebuild those positive connections and reset damaging patterns.

Anger

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All children struggle with big emotions, but anger and aggression can be a major challenge for parents. Let’s look at what is triggering your child’s anger, how you currently react, and what skills your child can learn in order to communicate safely and effectively.

Feeling discouraged

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Most parents blame themselves for their child’s behaviour struggles. I help parents understand their child’s individual differences, and to recognize their own strengths and limitations with self-compassion and optimism.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are not just more disruptive than their classmates. They have a unique set of strengths and needs, including sensory needs and cognitive challenges. I help parents understand how to set up their child with ADHD for success, and what tools work best.

Sibling conflict

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Sibling rivalry can make everyday routines into a major headache, or worse. I help parents find the triggers that lead their children into battles, and the strategies to help them find their way out.

Lying

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Why do children lie? The answer depends. Could it be a shortcut to attention, or a way to avoid a punishment? Let’s talk about how to respond so your child can practice the skills they need to be trustworthy and accept responsibility (while still enjoying imagination and being flexible thinkers.)

Punishment

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Punishment is a common tactic in families, schools, workplaces and communities, but research shows that punishment is not the most effective way to teach new skills. Punishment also comes with some worrying side-effects, so I help parents replace punishments with effective and positive ways to teach and guide their children.

Autism Spectrum

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Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) sometimes struggle to “fit in” with neurotypical expectations, but their gifts and exceptionalities should not be ignored. I help parents understand how to support their child’s skills and set up accommodation for their needs, in a gentle and respectful way.

Bedtime battles

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Children come up with their most ingenious schemes when it comes to defeating bedtime, so I help parents create bedtime expectations and routines that finish the day on a high note.

My Approach & Values

As a student, I struggled with undiagnosed ADHD, and embarked on a career in education, hoping to offer my own students a way to succeed. I soon realized that I would need another set of tools to make sure every student could realize his/her full potential. I began learning more about behaviour science and Applied Behaviour Analysis, and dedicated myself to achieving a Master’s degree and Board Certfication.

As a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, I am continually updating my skills and training in new approaches so I can offer clients treatment that is both effective and ethical.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a way to find out the “why” of behaviour, and help others gain the skills they need to get the most out of life. I believe in treating every individual (including parents and children) with dignity and compassion, so they can achieve maximum independence and joy.

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

Maya Angelou

"Shame cannot survive empathy."

Brene Brown

"A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying."

B.F. Skinner

Contact Me

Got a question? To book an appointment, click here.
 For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital.

416-875-0129

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

amelia@ameliabehaviour.com

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