Maija Gulens is a professional clinician with over 20 years of experience supporting people to achieve their full potential. Taking a whole person perspective, she values building a relationship with each client, slowly and respectfully, so that we can learn to understand each other. Each person’s own unique set of needs and skills should be recognized, valued and encouraged. We will work as a team with your supporters to develop goals, person-centred plans within your own social community, and strategies to give you the confidence you need.
Having years of experience working with special needs populations with The Easter Seal Society of Ontario, Maija went on to study Linguistics and Psychology at McGill University. After completing a Master’s degree at Penn State University, she provided Speech-Language Pathology services at Children’s Hospital Colorado, with emphasis on supporting autistic/individuals with autism with social communication needs. Now happily back in Canada, she is supporting teens and young adults on the path to higher education, employment and independence through practical supports, and technology tools such as Brain in Hand. Maija can provide valuable insights into supporting the needs of all abilities and incorporating multidisciplinary supports. This includes language and cognitive factors, social-emotional regulation strategies and mental health supports. For those who desire more training to gain confidence in social skills and interpersonal communication, individual speech-language intervention supports can also be provided.