AIM

AUTISM IN MIND (AIM) CHILDREN’S CHARITY was founded in 2011 by Suki Choi who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children with autism. They all share a common goal: to bring communities together to accept, understand and support children with autism so that they can have a brighter future.

Our SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAMS and INTENSIVE BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTION (IBI) THERAPY PROGRAM are the cornerstone of AIM’s work. These programs focus on improving communication and social skills and help children with autism integrate into their communities and communicate without barriers. Our IBI Therapy Program applies the method of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in which “learning to learn” behaviours of imitation, co-operation and attention are taught in a one-to-one setting.

While starting treatment and therapy programs early are highly recommended especially before a child begins grade school, it can be financially challenging for some parents and families. Awaiting approval for government assistance and other financial aid can take years. Our programs allow children with autism to continue to learn and develop their communication and social skills without interruption during their critical years. We prepare the children with the tools and skills to integrate more easily in their environments when they begin grade school and continue working with them thereafter in learning new skills.

Our programs are fully managed by volunteers and funded by generous supporters, corporate grants, and from various fundraising events held throughout the year.


OUR VISION

FOSTER AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY WITH NO BARRIERS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM.


OUR MISSION

1. Raise awareness and acceptance in our communities, challenge the social stigmas of autism and help people to
understand that children with autism are just different, not less.
2. Enhance the lives of children with autism through our programs and support their participation in the community.


AIM Team Members

  • Suki Choi
    Suki Choi Founder/Service Director
  • Vicente Melgoza, MADS, BCBA
    Vicente Melgoza, MADS, BCBA Senior Therapist
  • Dr. James Porter, C.Psych, BCBA
    Dr. James Porter, C.Psych, BCBA Clinical Psychologist
  • Angela Lee
    Angela Lee Occupational Therapist OT Reg. (Ont)
  • Tamara Fernandez
    Tamara Fernandez Lead Instructor Therapist
  • Rayah Realista
    Rayah Realista Lead Instructor Therapist
  • Violet Chen
    Violet Chen Instructor Therapist
  • Allegra Fracassi
    Allegra Fracassi Instructor Therapist
  • John Wang
    John Wang Instructor Therapist
  • Andra Ovando
    Andra Ovando Instructor Therapist

Board Members

  • Suki Choi
    Suki Choi Founder/Service Director
  • Vicente Melgoza, MADS, BCBA
    Vicente Melgoza, MADS, BCBA Senior Therapist
  • Dr. James Porter, C.Psych, BCBA
    Dr. James Porter, C.Psych, BCBA Clinical Psychologist
  • Angela Lee
    Angela Lee Occupational Therapist OT Reg. (Ont)
  • Tamara Fernandez
    Tamara Fernandez Lead Instructor Therapist
  • Rayah Realista
    Rayah Realista Lead Instructor Therapist
  • Violet Chen
    Violet Chen Instructor Therapist
  • Allegra Fracassi
    Allegra Fracassi Instructor Therapist
  • John Wang
    John Wang Instructor Therapist
  • Andra Ovando
    Andra Ovando Instructor Therapist