Name: Pina Giovannitti, RECE, BA Psych, BST
Position: Behaviour Consultant
The Behaviour Consultant Supports the inclusion of children with special needs by observing, consulting, training and developing effective behaviour strategies to be implemented in licensed child care programs. Using a team approach, the Behaviour Consultant supports the Resource Consultant with their CISS caseload and manages a caseload through the Positive Outcome Program (POP). POP is a behaviour program for children who are not eligible for CISS.
How long have you worked for CISS/AFCS?
I started working for Andrew Fleck Children’s Services in September 2006. I worked as an educator at Making Connections Nursery School (MCNS). I loved it there and I learned many skills. In September 2007, a permanent position became available at the Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC), now known as Early ON. As an educator I facilitated play groups, parent and educator training and I helped parents find the resources they needed. My dream was to become a Resource Consultant and in August 2009 I started working at CISS. This year, after completing a certificate as a Behaviour Science Technician, I am now working in the role of Behaviour Consultant.
Why did you choose this field?
I chose this field because I love children. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children by building connections and relationships through play. I love all age groups and all abilities. I find it rewarding building relationships with families, programs and community partners. I find it stimulating to work out problems and find resources that support children and educators.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Building relationships with children, families, educators and community partners. My second favourite part of my job is giving training. I love sharing my knowledge and skill set with others.
What is your hobby?
I have several hobbies. I enjoy gardening, cooking, playing my guitar, reading, camping and swimming.
What does inclusion mean to you?
Inclusion is when children of all abilities can socialize and learn with their peers and significant adults. Through these interactions, friendships and relationships develop; self-esteem increases because differences due to diversity and development are embraced and understood.