ESDM        Canada


Michaela Jelen

Michaela has been supporting children

and families living with Autism Spectrum

Disorder (ASD) in their home, school, and community environments since 1997. Over the years she has spent her professional, educational, and research endeavours learning about, examining, and contributing to research evidence to effectively support children and youth with ASD and related disorders. She is passionate about fully including all children and youth in their community environments; family-centred supports; and individualizing plans to best meet the needs of children and their families. Michaela is an ESDM certified trainer, a behaviour consultant, an autism outreach coordinator for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia, and a mother of 2 girls. She is also currently enrolled in a PhD program where she is deepening her understanding in parent coaching. Michaela is delighted to be part of ESDM Canada. 

Janet Harder

​Janet strongly believes parents are both the experts and critical lifelong advocates for their children. She has worked with children and their families in many parts of BC for over 30 years. She is in full-time private practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in Duncan. The focus of ESDM in building relationship and engagement as well as integrating therapy goals into activities that are motivating, meaningful, and developmentally appropriate for the child is a perfect fit for her. Janet is passionate about the parent coaching component of the ESDM and how it furthers a family-centered and collaborative team approach to address and support the unique needs of each child and family. Janet is thrilled to be part of the ESDM Canada team and work with such dedicated colleagues.



Mary McKenna

Mary has provided family- centered intervention for children and families since 1990. She has collaborated with early intervention professionals in homes, preschools and child development centres. Mary is trained as a Speech-Language Pathologist and has always aspired to learn all she can about providing developmentally appropriate effective interventions for children and their families. This commitment lead her to become a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst. Over the years, she has presented to families and community professionals throughout British Columbia. She currently works in public and private practice in the Comox Valley where she lives with her family. Mary is passionate about the ESDM and is excited to share this enthusiasm with her ESDM Canada team. 




Who We Are

ESDM Canada is a team of professionals motivated to assist children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to access the ESDM model of early intervention. We have each taken individual journeys to become certified ESDM trainers; our shared enthusiasm about the ESDM and Natrualistic Developmental Behavioural Interventions (NDBIs) has brought us together as a team. Collectively and individually, we are delighted to collaborate and support each other. We strive to bring our knowledge of ESDM and NDBIs to other professionals wanting to learn more about how to effectively support young children and families to be their best. All ESDM Canada team members are MCFD Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) professionals.  

Meet ESDM Canada