Instructor Therapists

Hillarie Riddell

Hillarie graduated from the Autism and Behavioural Science program at Fanshawe College in 2012.  During her year in the autism program, Hillarie completed one of her student placements at A Balanced Approach, and she never left!  Previously, Hillarie completed her Early Childhood Education in 2011.  Hillarie finds her job as an Instructor Therapist very rewarding.  She says it’s “like the Family Channel – never a dull moment!”  When Hillarie is not working, she is reading, spending time with family, and walking her dog.  Hillarie hasn’t travelled anywhere exciting – YET!

Aislynn Hatt
Aislynn graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Childhood and Social Institutions with a minor of Sociology in 2012. She completed her Post-Graduate Certificate at Fanshawe College with Honors in Autism and Behavioural Sciences in 2013. She started her journey working as a respite care provider for children with autism during her Post-Grad in 2012. Aislynn began working as an IT in January 2013 during her last semester of school. She has also worked as a research assistant implementing an intervention program within a school setting and took authorship on the research article. The article was published in the DADD online journal ( ).  Aislynn graduated with a Masters of Applied Disability Studies with a Specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Brock University. Aislynn says she loves being an IT because every day is different. Every gain a child makes through IBI is significant to their everyday life. Being able to use her knowledge and skills to help a child with autism is a true blessing. Everyone is unique, if we all invest in each other, anything is possible!


Pam Madill

Pam’s experience in working with children with autism began 5 years ago when her youngest son was diagnosed with the disorder. Wanting to learn skills that could help her son, Pam enrolled part time in the Autism and Behavioural Science program at Mohawk College. Over the next 5 years she slowly worked towards completing the program, while witnessing first hand the difference that a team of dedicated therapists  and IBI made in her son’s life. She is very excited to be a part of the amazing team at A Balanced Approach. In her spare time Pam loves to spend time with her husband and two boys, read, and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen.

Samantha Shipley

Samantha graduated from McMaster University with an Honours degree in Psychology in 2012. She is currently completing a Masters degree in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University and will be graduating in April. She is also currently working towards becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Samantha has been a self-employed Instructor Therapist with A Balanced Approach since 2012. In September 2013, she started her student placement at A Balanced Approach and was hired as part of the centre-based team in January 2014. Samantha loves seeing the progress the children make each and every day knowing that she is making a difference in their lives and they are making a difference in hers. Outside of work she enjoys caring for her puppy, Minnie, as well as, reading, camping, step dancing, and skiing.

 Jenna Armstrong

Jenna received her BA in child and youth studies from Brock University in 2010, and graduated from Mohawk College with a post-graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Sciences in 2

012. She has close family members who are on the spectrum which is why she has wanted to work in the Autism field for as long as she can remember! Jenna has been working as a home-based instructor therapist since graduating in 2012, and is very excited to be part of the centre-based team as well which began in September 2014!

Jenna is currently on maternity leave until July 2018.

Jill Bernhard

Jill met the world of IBI accidentally when her kids befriended toddlers with Autism and joined them when working on social/play skills. Planning to upgrade her B.A. in Pschology from University of Waterloo (earned some time in the 90s),  Autism and Behavior Science was an obvious fit.  Since graduating from Conestoga College with high honours in 2013,  Jill has worked with a range of ages in group homes, homes, nursery school, elementary school and now in Centre. She has even turned her love of cooking into an opportunity to teach life skills.   She has a love for learning and lately has conquered geocaching and knitting.  She serves the poor volunteering with the St. Vincent DePaul and can be found in arenas cheering for the Guelph JR Storm novice and atom girls or in a dojo watching Karate.

Brittany Berwaldt
Brittany graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Life Sciences in 2014. During that time she developed a strong interest in psychology and autism in particular. She graduated from the post-graduate Autism and Behavioural Science program at Mohawk College with honours in 2016. Brittany completed her final placement for that program at A Balanced Approach, and afterward started working both at the centre and in-home. She is grateful to be at A Balanced Approach, surrounded by amazing clients and staff who have so much to offer. She looks forward to gaining further expertise and experience in the field. Brittany loves to play to piano, read, and play volleyball.

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