BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYST (BCBA) OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Shalini is one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy. She currently oversees the clinical and administrative departments of Symbiosis. She is currently listed on the Registered Autism Service Providers (RASP) list as a Behaviour Consultant (BC) and an Occupational Therapist (OT).
For more than 25 years, Shalini has devoted her career to making a difference for these children and their families. To her, nothing is more fulfilling than teaching a child take her first step or the smile on a parent’s face when their child says their first word. Striving to help children discover their potential, Shalini leads a team of more than 50 professionals who are dedicated to the company’s mission and ensure that each child is important.
Shalini completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy specializing in Pediatric Neurology in 2000. She also has her Masters degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.
Shalini has extensive clinical experience with assessment and program development that is designed to treat challenging behaviors, build communication and functional life skills. Some of the team-based intervention which she incorporates are the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), SCERTS, DIR®/Floor time model etc. She is also certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) from University of Southern California and in Neuro Developmental Therapy from NDT Association, USA.
Community Involvement and Service
Shalini is a strong advocate for creating awareness of Autism and other special needs in the society. She is involved in many activities which include presentations and dissemination of information in different parent support groups, autism societies, and schools. Shalini’s professional knowledge, along with her compassion and her deep connection with families, and her ability to explain the science of behavior challenges in children with Autism clearly and empathetically make her a natural speaker.
As parents of children with special needs try to cope with the system, they go through an emotional roller coaster socially. At the same time, the community needs to ready for inclusion. Shalini believes that greater public awareness and education about children with special needs can break through walls of discomfort to promote greater understanding. Keeping this in mind, she has volunteered her time to organizations such as the Down’s Syndrome Association, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, many Autism parent support groups, and the Learning Disability Association to name a few. Shalini is Fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Bengali.
Shalini was the winner of Surrey’s Women in Business award-Professional category in 2018 and top finalists for RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.