About Us

Eunice is a Registered Social Worker with dual Master's degrees in Social Work and Special Education from Columbia University and Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Throughout her career, she has worked in educational, therapeutic, and research settings supporting children and adolescents 0 to 18 years of age. Currently, Eunice focuses her clinical practice on treating those experiencing difficulties with regulation, interaction, attention, play, social emotional, and learning via direct treatment and parent coaching. She is a registered member of Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).  

Eunice is a Training Leader with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning completing her Expert certificate in DIRFloortime® certification in 2010. She provides in-person and distance mentorship and supervision to educators and therapists currently working towards their certification. Eunice is dedicated to building and growing the DIR® community in Toronto -- she created a meet-up group for professionals to network and share with one another. Eunice also received her Infant Mental Certificate in 2007 offered through Hospital for Sick Children's Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMPH) and York University. 

Eunice was part of the interdisciplinary treatment team at York University's Milton & Ethel Harris Research Initiative studying the efficacy of a developmental play-based coaching model for young children with autism.  She has continued her work with Dr. Stuart Shanker at The MEHRIT Centre where she designs and presents curriculum related to self-regulation and consults with parents and professionals. Eunice has presented for school boards, organizations, and conferences across Canada, United States, South America, and China.  

In addition to her strong clinical and teaching background, Eunice has experience in program evaluation and project management with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, and Hospital for Sick Children. She is a co-founder and contributor to Peek A Boost Play, a multi-disciplinary blog for parents and professionals.  Her passion for connecting her clinical experience with research and policy have led her to University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where Eunice is working towards a Ph.D in Developmental Psychology and Education. 

 

*** Photographs for this website were generously provided by Karin O'Brien ***

 

 

 

treatment & therapy

Individual treatment for children and adolescents using DIR® Floortime™, an evidence-based developmental approach that incorporates play and interaction.  Developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder in the 1980's, DIR® is based on principles of typical child development, infant mental health, and attachment.  We look at each child or adolescent individually and use their interests, strengths, and capacities to design therapeutic goals and learning objectives that support and challenge them.  

Parents are encouraged to play an active role in DIR® therapy.  Using observation, modelling, coaching, video review, and reflective discussion, we can build on and complement parents' insight and strengths to support the child or adolescent's ability to relate, communicate, and think.  Additional supports offered include classroom and camp observations, play-date facilitation, and group work.  

   

MENTORING & CONSULTATION

Mentoring or supervision is available locally and via distance for professionals who are interested in or pursuing their DIR® certification.  Support is offered through video review and case discussions to further their understanding and thinking about a child or adolescent's developmental capacities.  

Consultations with teams of educators and therapists at daycares, preschools, schools, or clinics offered on-site and via distance. Topics could include DIR®, infant mental health, working with families, and addressing challenging behaviours.  

Mentoring & Consultation

PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS

Presentations and workshops for parents and/or professionals are available. Learning objectives and curriculum are specifically designed to meet the needs of each group.  Recent presentation topics have included:

  • Reframing Play and Behaviour
  • Role of Self-Regulation in Working with Children and Families
  • Engaging Families
  • A Process-Oriented Family-Centred Approach to Autism
  • Self-Regulation in the Classroom and at Home: Where do I start?
  • Understanding Anxiety 
  • Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives on the Importance of Play and Interaction for Young Children
  • Looking at Resilience through a Self-Reg Lens
  • Self-Regulation in the Early Years
  • Calm, Alert, and Learning