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    All services begin with an initial consultation appointment so that our psychologists can meet you, hear more about your concerns, obtain a history of your concerns, and make recommendations about the best course of action specifically for you. 

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      Individuals with learning difficulties may have serious difficulties in reading comprehension, spelling, writing, math and organization. The tutoring activities at the Sunnylea Centre take into each students’ strengths as well as the underlying cause of their learning difficulty with respect to thinking and information processing skills. Our school psychologist, Dr. Jason Kotsopoulos, tailors the intervention to match the client’s learning profile. Creativity, fun and making the material meaningful to the client is also emphasized in the tutoring sessions. 

      In addition to tailoring the tutoring to meet the specific needs of the client, we also use strategy-based instructional approaches. Research has supported the use of strategy-based instruction for individuals with learning disabilities and has become an increasingly popular form of instruction to target the higher-order thinking skills, which these individuals will require for a balanced approach to literacy development. In addition to using a strategy-based approach, we help students to become aware of their own thinking processes and to be taught “how to learn” and use strategies effectively to meet the demands of the curriculum. When students are able to apply familiar and effective strategies, they use fewer cognitive resources and can use more of these resources to work with less familiar academic content. Learning cognitive strategies also helps individuals with learning disabilities in high school, as they are expected to obtain knowledge independently at that level and will need to know the “tricks of the trade” to be successful.        

      Student without learning disabilities (including average functioning students and students with more globalized delays) are also welcome as referrals to our centre. 

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DR. MARIKO ESTRADA, PH.D., C.PSYCH.

Dr. Mariko Estrada received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She has had clinical training experience and professional experience providing psychological services in a variety of settings including the Hospital for Sick Children, Peel Children’s Centre, Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Hamilton Child and Adolescent Services, and The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Dr. Estrada is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is authorized to provide clinical psychological services to children, adolescents, families, and adults. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.

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    Estrada, M., Manassis, K., Hogg-Johnson, S., Scott, K., & Tannock, R. (in preparation). Effects of anxiety on children’s working memory.

    Lui, M. & Tannock, R. (2007). Inattention and Working Memory in a Community Sample of Children. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 3:12.

    Woerner, W., Fleitlich-Bilyk, B., Martinussen, R., Fletcher, J., Cucchiaro, G., Dalgalorrondo, P., Lui, M., & Tannock, R. (2004). The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire overseas: Evaluations and applications of the SDQ beyond Europe. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 23 (Supplement 2), 47-54.

    John, S.C.F., Lui, M., & Tannock, R. (2003). Children’s story retelling and comprehension using a new narrative resource. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 18, 91-113.

    Lui, M., Tannock, R., Ickowicz, A., Lovett, M., & Benson, N. (2002). Prolonged effects of stimulant medication on naming speed in ADHD.  49th Annual Meeting: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (San Francisco, U.S.A., October 24). Published abstract.

    John, S.C.F., Lui, M., & Tannock, R. (2002). Developmental changes in story retelling. Canadian Psychological Association 63rd Annual Convention (British Columbia, June 1). Published abstract.

DR. JASON KOTSOPOULOS, PH.D., C.PSYCH.

Dr. Jason Kotsopoulos is a registered psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents, and parents in both school and clinical settings. Dr. Kotsopoulos received his Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the School Psychology subcommittee of the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Kotsopoulos’s doctoral dissertation evaluated a peer-tutoring program, which taught metacognitive strategies to learning disabled students. The thesis was published as a monograph in 2009. When he is not busy reading the most recent publications on school psychology, Dr. Kotsopoulos finds time to indulge his passion of playing music.

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    Kotsopoulos, J. & Lean, D. (2009). Strategy-Based Peer Tutoring: Benefits for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

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    Kolaitis G., Kotsopoulos J., Tsiantis J., Haritaki S., Rigizou F., Zacharaki L., Riga L.,  Augoustatou    A., Bimbou A., Kanari N., Liakopoulou M., Katerelos P. (2003). Posttraumatic stress reactions following the Athens earthquake of September 1999. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 12, 273-260.

DR. JASON PLASKY, PH.D., C.PSYCH.

Dr. Jason Plasky earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He has a wide variety of training and work experiences ranging from hospitals, school boards, and community mental health centres, to various outpatient clinics located in Michigan, Los Angeles, and the Greater Toronto Area. Dr. Plasky is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (since 2006) and is authorized to provide clinical psychological services to children, adolescents, families, and adults. His treatment philosophy involves providing an intervention that is best paired to the individual and their needs, utilizing both cognitive behavioral therapy and more traditional insight-orientated talk and play therapy. Dr. Plasky recognizes the courage and insight it takes to commit to treatment and he has the ability to quickly put people at ease, while approaching his work with respect, kindness and patience.

DR. CAROLINE MCISAAC, PH.D., C.PSYCH.

Dr. Caroline McIsaac received her Ph.D. in Clinical Developmental Psychology from York University. She is authorized to provide professional mental health services to children, teens, and their families by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. McIsaac is currently a Staff Psychologist in the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at McMaster Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor (Part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Dr. McIsaac conducts research on the connections between mental health, friendship, and dating in the teenage years and she specializes in working with young people whose emotional struggles make it hard for them to stay safe, enjoy life, and participate in relationships that are healthy and happy. Dr. McIsaac maintains a part-time practice at The Sunnylea Centre. She works hard to create genuine relationships with the young people that she sees and she uses her expertise in evidence-based therapies to support their success at home, at school, and in their relationships with family and friends. .

Dr. Joseph Mirabella

Dr. Joseph Mirabella is a registered School Psychologist who has worked at the Toronto Catholic District School Board since 2010. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Psychology (Brain and Behaviour). He has experience investigating the learning needs of children and adolescents, with particular experience working with high-risk students with behaviour or social-emotional needs. He previously worked as a Researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children where he worked investigating infant and child brain development. Dr. Mirabella strives to convey a clear understanding to students (and their families) of their learning strengths, and to make recommendations to optimize success in education and beyond. .

Tamara Grundland

Tamara Grundland completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Children and Families and a collaborative degree in Addiction Studies. She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Tamara works as a Clinical Mental Health Social Worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Youth Urgent Care Clinic. Tamara has extensive experience working with children, youth and families in community, educational and hospital settings. She offers services to clients and families struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioural concerns, low self esteem, addictions, interpersonal issues and family discord. Tamara practises from an eclectic treatment model and offers individualized services that best suit the client’s identified needs and goals. She works with several evidence based modalities and has certifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and additional training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Tamara offers a client centred and trauma informed approach to treatment, supporting individuals and families to build on their innate strengths and resiliencies.

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