Jessica Rousseau

Jessica Rousseau alias MamanÉducatrucs is a Special Education Technician, Family Coach, Entrepreneur and Mom x3. She has been working for almost 15 years with vulnerable clients and has specialized in early childhood (and their families!).  Understanding family dynamics, finding solutions, exploiting each person’s potential and motivating the troops to solve some problems, that’s her universe. The little one’s crises, the older one’s anxiety, opposition, discipline, routines, etc. Jessica warmly guides families through the great mission of parenting. Having operated a home daycare for several years to raise her three children, she has been at the heart of the little laboratory of our little ones’ lives. Real little balls of emotion, enthusiastic and in continuous development. They knew how to keep her in the field and 100% up to date with family reality! Having juggled her home daycare and the development of her personal business for several years, she now devotes herself entirely to MamanÉducatrucs. You will find different online family coaching formulas, a collection of educational tools (which is still growing!), a blog and more. Jessica invites you into her world, passionate about families and children!

Rebecca Leslie

Rebecca Leslie is an educational consultant in Toronto, Canada. She supports the creation of safe, secure, and sensory-friendly environments within homes, schools, and community centres. Her foundational focus is on attachment, relationships, coregulation, and self-regulation – the cornerstones of her consulting company arcs.solutions. Equally, Rebecca is a consultant with Dr. Stuart Shanker’s framework Self-Reg. In this role, she enjoys providing workshops to school staff, parent organizations, and community groups about the neurobiological underpinnings of stress, energy, tension, and regulation. With a B.Ed. from McGill University and an M.Ed. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto, she is currently completing her training as a Safe and Sound Protocol practitioner, grounding interventions in Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory. Rebecca draws from her teaching career which began in 2002. She taught for 14 years in Quebec in both English and French and specialized in supporting students with early childhood trauma and/or attachment challenges. When she’s not busy reading research or setting up sensory spaces, she can be found swinging in the backyard with her sons.

Maureen Bennie

Maureen Bennie is the owner and director of Autism Awareness Centre Inc. and the Director of Studio 3 Canada. She manages the Centre’s website, book division, hosts and presents webinars, writes a bi-monthly blog, and organizes conferences, workshops and trainings in the Low Arousal Approach throughout Canada. Maureen is the author of over 400 articles and book reviews that have appeared in magazines, newsletters and on websites throughout North America and the UK. She is an active presenter in Canada on a variety of autism topics. In 2009, she co-authored a book about adults on the autism spectrum published by the Autism Calgary Association. She is also a contributing author to The Sage Handbook of Autism and Education by Sage Publications, UK. Maureen is the mother of two children on the autism spectrum – Marc age 24 and Julia age 22. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her children and husband, Ron, who is a professional pianist.

Caroline Boutin

Caroline Boutin has been working in helping professions for nearly 20 years. Most of her career has been dedicated to crisis intervention. She has developed an interest in the relational issues involved in communication. She is known for her simplicity and her way of popularizing information. Caroline has worked for 10 years with women and children who are victims of domestic violence. She has also worked in a CLSC in the psychosocial reception area for 7 years and founded her company Parents Autrement in 2013. Through her business, Caroline offers family and individual coaching consultations as well as conferences and training. She is a happy mother of two boys aged 13 and 10.

Marie-Christine Beshay

M|CARE Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation is distinguished by its professionalism and expertise in offering personalised and specialised care to children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Our occupational therapists aim to support clients, wherever they may be, in reaching their potential by promoting their ability to engage in their meaningful and daily activities. Our mobile clinic offers services in the community, whether this be in the home, school, daycare or work setting. Our clinicians help clients who present with issues related to physical, mental, cognitive, and affective function. Our clinic has 4 locations which services the regions and surroundings of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montreal, Gatineau and Ottawa. Our virtual services are also available to clients throughout Quebec and Ontario.

Gabriela Ovallé

My university studies in social work and social sciences have always been consistent with my desire to understand the world around me. I am interested in societal issues and in the human condition in general, with a perspective that is colored by my experiences, reflections, and observations. As a racialized and neuroatypical woman, I consider it important to think in terms of intersectionality and allies. Through this lens, I like to work on my creativity and personal analysis of the issues that challenge me. Writing has always been a vehicle of communication that I enjoy for its reflective nature and its wonderful convening power. Having the opportunity to resonate with others is a privilege and a way for me to participate in a sense of inclusion. To make sense of things, this same logic came into play when I decided to work in a community center whose mission includes knowledge sharing and continuous learning. I guess the social worker in me is never far away!

CRCM

CRCM’s mission is to offer diversified quality professional services to children to allow them to develop harmoniously. Founded in 2005 by Carolyne Mainville, occupational therapist, CRCM has 3 points of service in the Montérégie region. Each professional is passionate about his discipline and is committed to remaining focused on the needs of the children. Each intervention is motivated by respect, rigor and professionalism and aims to achieve specific objectives that contribute to the well-being of the child and his family.

In addition to offering traditional rehabilitation services (occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychoeducation, special education, neuropsychology, and autism spectrum disorder assessment), the CRCM encourages the use of innovative therapeutic modalities that have proven to be effective. To this end, it offers a horse-assisted occupational therapy service. It provides its pediatric clientele with a highly secure environment in a specifically adapted equestrian center. This unique service allows the pursuit of specific therapeutic objectives in an innovative and pleasant environment for the child and his family.

Magalie Lebrun

I am a mother of 2 children, a proactive and creative woman, always looking for solutions to improve people’s lives. I have worked in education for over 16 years and have had the pleasure of working with children of all ages. I have a college diploma in Early Childhood Education Techniques. I have always enjoyed learning and discovering everything that surrounds the field of early childhood. Therefore, I decided to fulfill a big dream and to improve myself with a university education. I am now a graduate of the University of Quebec in Montreal in Educational Support and since December 2017, in Special Education Techniques by College Marie Victorin.

Joël Beaulieu