Monika Ferenczy

Helping parents make informed decisions in educational matters

 

Monika Ferenczy was born in Montreal and educated in French and English public, Catholic and private schools in Quebec and Ontario, obtaining her BA and BEd at the University of Toronto and her MEd with a concentration in Leadership in Education from the University of Ottawa. She is a retired educator with over 25 years’ experience in all four school systems in Ontario. Having taught in the primary, junior, intermediate and senior divisions and in French language and English language public and separate school boards in the Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario and Eastern Ontario, she has expertise with French Second Language programming (Core French, French Immersion) and French First Language curriculum.

Her qualifications include English as a Second Language and Specialist qualifications in French Second Language and Special Education. Monika also holds Principal’s qualifications, an additional qualification in Education Law and a Certificate in Education Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. She served as an elected member of the governing Council of the Ontario College of Teachers (the regulatory body of the teaching profession in Ontario) as Vice-Chair of the Discipline Committee, and the Editorial Board for the publication Professionally Speaking. She has also served on panels of the Fitness to Practice and Teacher Program Accreditation Committees.

As an Education Consultant, Monika provides information, support and guidance to parents new to the Ontario school system, new Canadians, international students and parents of children with special needs. She has also led workshops and seminars for parents and educators at local, provincial and national conferences. She is qualified to evaluate students for academic assessments using standardized tools to supplement data obtained from school based reporting. She also assists adults with developmental disabilities.

In addition to her past role as Education columnist for the Ottawa Woman newspaper, she also publishes a yearly research report in collaboration with law students to enhance public policy and practice in public education. Through an analysis of systemic gaps in the students’ best interest and recommendations to government, her contributions to advocacy and social justice initiatives are growing. Monika is often invited to comment in print and radio media about education related trends and issues in Ottawa and Ontario.

As an author, she has published two books: the first, in 2018, is a story for children dealing with transition and relocation in family housing to help address anxiety, and her most recent guide book, 12 Tips for International Students Living and Studying in Canada became available in November 2019. The Guide to Hosting International Students in Canada is due out in 2020.

Professional Network

 


Caryn Bursch

Doctor of Audiology – APD Ottawa

Caryn Bursch has been working as an Audiologist for over 25 years, and focuses solely on Auditory Processing Disorders. Auditory processing testing investigates the integrity of the entire hearing system, and what arrives at the brain when listening. Children with auditory processing disorders have normal hearing, but do not always follow or understand what they hear.
Caryn works in conjunction with other medical professionals: Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and an Optometrist who has a specialty in visual processing. This allows her to give your child a well-rounded assessment. Diagnosis and referral to other necessary professionals combine to find the keys to unlock your child’s potential. Recommendations are tailored to the child’s needs in school and at home.
Please check APDOttawa.ca for more information on Auditory Processing Disorders. Inquiries by email are always welcome.


Christine Peacock

2Beinflow Neurofeedback Services

NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback is a state of the art, technology-based system that focuses on calming the central nervous system (CNS).  As the CNS calms and becomes more flexible and resilient, symptoms and issues related to many health issues, such as anxiety, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and epilepsy begin to fade. The system gives the brain information about what it is doing from moment to moment and allows the brain to decide what changes to make, therefore, no diagnosis is required, it is completely non-invasive and has no side effects.

Neurofeedback can be an addition to the excellent support and resources that Monika provides to individuals and families. It is a pleasure working with Monika. 2beinflow.com


TIPES

Thinking in Pictures Educational Services

TIPES is a not for profit, charitable organization that provides a variety of programming to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders, receptive language disorders, learning disabilities, global development delay etc. reach their individual potential. TIPES covers all skills required over the lifetime to assist each individuals life. Please check our website for a list of programs or contact Jennifer Wyatt at (613) 224-0729 ext 226 for more information. www.tipes.ca


Erin Parkes, Ph.D.

Lotus Centre for Special Music Education

At the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education, our mission is to offer affordable, high quality adapted music education taught by qualified teachers. Our educational philosophy includes designing programs individually to adapt to the needs of each student following three principles:
  • teaching to the student’s learning strengths to allow maximum learning potential and build self-confidence
  • using fun remedial activities to help build skills in areas that need development to allow further growth
  • designing a fun and engaging program for each student to encourage motivation

Our goal and educational philosophy is reflected by the symbol of the lotus flower–to help all students to blossom into their full potential . We believe that every child has a right to appropriate education in any endeavour they choose to pursue. Contact us! lotuscentre.net


Ken Pope Law

Practice focused on families with special needs dependents 

Kenneth Pope offers specialized support to individuals with disabilities and their families in Ontario and across Canada.  He is dedicated to providing legal, tax and estate planning services . Through his experience in working with special needs families, Ken has become expert in writing wills with Henson Trusts. These trusts ensure that parents of children with disabilities can protect inheritances while preserving provincial disability benefits.

Ken is knowledgeable in the application of Testamentary and Inter Vivos Trusts, asset protection, minimizing taxes on inherited assets (including income generated by those assets), Powers of Attorney, competency issues, contested and uncontested estate administration, Elder Law, and Succession Planning in general. He provides help with taxes, such as applying for new and retroactive disability tax credits, appealing Canada Revenue Agency re-assessments and tax advice consultation. Call toll-free 1-866-536-7673 or visit kpopelaw.ca 


Evoke Learning

Evoke offers online learning support in math, science, literacy, and English for students at the elementary through postsecondary levels who require additional assistance navigating the province’s new at-home distance learning program. Our tutors, mentors, and coaches work with students to understand and complete academic work, manage their time and stay organized, and reteach or help them relearn concepts and material with which they are struggling.

This service is particularly helpful for students with self-regulation and executive function challenges. In addition to supporting students in meeting curriculum requirements, Evoke offers remediation programming in reading and academic writing strategies; and learning, time management, and study skills through our Academic Foundations program.

We specialize in working with neurodiverse learners—students diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD. During the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering online services only. Please contact Denise Harding, director, at denise@evokelearning.ca www.evokelearning.ca, 1-833-988-4146.


Pupils Vision

Let us help you see the world better.

At Pupils Vision Development & Rehabilitation, we are thrilled to enhance our patient’s quality of life by improving visual coordination and perception. We are dedicated to providing the gold-standard Vision Therapy experience: office-based therapy with highly trained vision therapists operating under the guidance of trained optometrists.

We offer vision therapy to patients of all ages whether it is to help improve a visual system that is not functioning to its full potential (strabismus, amblyopia, vision related learning disability), rehabilitate a visual system after the patient suffered an injury (TBI, stroke) or simply improve visual abilities to improve performance (for athletes).  We believe a strong visual system is key to academic performance and success.

We offer services in English and French. For more information please visit our website and meet our team at pupilsvisiontherapy.ca or contact us at 613.435.6675.


Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy

As service providers, occupational therapists evaluate the children in their home and other environments such as school. The initial assessment includes input from both the child as well as the caregivers. Once the assessment is complete, a full report will be provided including recommendations as well as education and feedback for families. In collaboration with the caregivers, realistic goals are created to best address the child’s needs at that time. Intervention is customized to meet those needs and to ensure that they can improve their ability to perform in their regular occupations and achieve their goals. Changes to the intervention plan and intensity of treatment can occur at any time depending on the progress of the child.

Services:

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Meeting developmental milestones for babies and toddlers
  • Printing and handwriting
  • Assessment for assistive technology
  • Training on various software programs
  • Equipment and environmental modifications
  • Sensory processing
  • Supporting better sleep/sleep hygiene
  • Exploration of leisure activities
  • Daily routine and schedule
  • Strategies to improve self-care
  • Attention and focus
  • Organizational skills
  • Classroom observations/recommendations
  • Self-regulation skills
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Prevocational and vocational skills
  • Parent education and training
  • Complete home safety assessment

Visit expandinghorizonsot.com or call 613-897-4820.


ACT Learning Centre

ACT Learning Centre is a therapy centre founded to provide evidence based, innovative and leading edge assessment and intervention for children, youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities or developmental delays. Evidence based therapies are offered by ACT’s highly trained staff in our clinic or in your home. We provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), The Early Start Denver Model, The Play Project, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Language Pathology, parent coaching and psychological services. Visit actlearningcentre.ca or call 613-558-0980.

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