At Ignite, we share this goal. Founded by Carolyn Mancuso, Thunder Bay’s only on-site Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), Ignite exists to turn your child’s potential into reality. Through a combination of ABA therapy and parent support, our treatment programs are designed with your family in mind. We’re on your side from start to finish.
We get that. We understand the importance of working as a team, which is why we hold your role as parent dearly. You know your child, their unique abilities, and the challenges they face. By inviting you to work closely with the Ignite team, together we come up with a treatment plan that works for your child’s specific needs.
Your journey is unique to your child and your family. We’re here for it all, giving you the support you need as your child’s advocate while celebrating their successes along the way. Our services and the skills we teach are backed by data and tracked extensively, ensuring that you get the quality of care you need led by a team who cares.
Navigating services for your child can be complicated. We’re here to help. At Ignite, our services are designed to meet the unique needs of your family. With our passion being at the heart of all we do, our services are provided with both compassion and expertise.
Through ongoing services in-home to wherever treatment takes us, we’ll work together to overcome obstacles and take the first step in our journey together.
ABA uses the evidence-based principles of learning and behaviour to teach functional skills and decrease challenging behaviour. With over 40 years of research, it is a well established, evidence-based treatment for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
During therapy sessions, your child will work one-on-one with an ABA Therapist on goals across a few key areas of skill development. These key areas are identified through purposeful planning in collaboration with parents. Each skill is broken down and taught in small steps, ensuring that each child’s unique needs are addressed.
IBI is the application of Applied Behaviour Analysis in an intensive setting. During IBI sessions, your child will work one-on-one with an ABA Therapist on comprehensive programming across multiple areas of skill development. Children attend IBI for 15 to 40 hours per week.
Our Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) is available to work one-on-one with parents to develop goals for their child, assess the child’s skills and challenges, and develop a plan to move forward. During sessions, parents are given support and coaching to empower them to continue implementing the plan.
Functional Behaviour Assessments determine the function – or root – of the challenging behaviour your child is exhibiting. We work to determine why it’s happening before diving in. After, we craft an effective, individualized behaviour support plan that focuses on reducing and preventing the challenging behaviour while teaching an alternative behaviour to replace it. Parents and professionals (such as the school team, etc.) are provided with coaching from our team to support them in implementing this plan.
Consultation services are available for families, school teams, and community agencies who are looking for support. They are available for the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, skill assessments, goal development, toilet training, and more.
For those looking to learn more about ABA principles, how to manage challenging behaviour, or how to use ABA strategies to teach new skills to the children they work with, both private and group training is available.
All services are supervised by Carolyn Mancuso, our on-site Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, allowing you to be confident in the services your child is receiving.
Carolyn Mancuso is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who has been working with children with developmental disabilities since 2010. While working towards obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Carolyn discovered her passion for working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and subsequently pursued her Master’s Degree in ABA from the University of South Florida. She became a BCBA in 2014 and has been serving families in the Thunder Bay district since 2015.
To Ignite, she brings her portfolio of relevant experience as a BCBA, having spent time working in both private clinics and public agencies. Having worked as an Instructor Therapist, Senior Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor, she understands the importance of a level of service that is done with professionalism and warmth. She is thrilled to bring individualized service to families in the Thunder Bay district and beyond.
Personally, Carolyn enjoys time spent running, cuddling up with her two cats, and enjoying good coffee by morning and good pizza by night. She appreciates the science behind ABA therapy – energized in watching her clients’ grow as she tracks their progress to ensure that meaningful changes are happening.
Carolyn is an approved Clinical Supervisor for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
Jordan’s Principle funding is available to support First Nations children in accessing services they need.