Specialization in Autism Disorders
As recommended in best practices, the assessment process is done in an interdisciplinary manner, by a psychologist and a speech-language pathologist. This service is available for children, adolescents and adults. The assessment process consists of a clinical interview and the administration of several psychometric tests, including ADOS-2. The evaluation ensures the intellectual, social, behavioral and emotional profile of the individual. As such, it also includes the consultation of previous evaluations and observations of the previous professionals that have worked with the individual.
The assessment will be carried out by Natalie Mallet Boudreau, a licensed psychologist, who has been practicing with a variety of clients since 2007. Natalie offers the diagnostic assessment service to confirm or rule out the presence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and adults (2 years to 99 years of age).
Sophie started her professional journey at the University of Moncton, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then pursued a Master's degree in speech therapy at Dalhousie University’s School of Human Communication Disorders. Sophie’s first employment was here in Bathurst, working for Extra-Mural. In 2013, Sophie’s employment was transferred to District Scolaire Francophone dans le Nord-Est where she had the opportunity to follow multiple training sessions on autism evaluations. She developed a special interest working with the youths of our community. As an SLP, Sophie is a gem in the chaleur region and she has experience in partner-based autism evaluation specifically.
Counselling and Support
The Mind at Peace Center provides those on the Autism Spectrum psychosocial and psychotherapeutic support, offered by a certified therapist. These services aim to support the wellbeing of the individual, and their family, in the consideration of the diagnosis and life stressors. Services include psychoeducation, therapeutic interventions and a specialized approach (SACCADE). The service also includes recommendations and referrals to other services if necessary (private, public and community sector).
SACCADE is a neuro-developmental approach based on scientific research and the unique cognitive structure of those on the spectrum. It uses cognitive strategies that aim to help those with autism have access to information, communicate, understand and express emotion. Using this approach in therapy helps develop a greater understanding of the needs and internal functioning of the individual on the spectrum. It also helps them and their support system work toward their goals.
Stacie Quigley Cormier
MACP, LCT-C, CCC
Stacie Quigley Cormier is a certified Counselor (CCC, LCT-C) who has been a member of the Mind at Peace team since 2018. She offers psychosocial support and therapeutic services to those on the autism spectrum and their families. Stacie is a firm believer in the importance of meeting people where they are at, so that therapy can best respond to their individual needs. Her integrative approach consists of a variety of scientifically proven therapeutic interventions, while prioritizing the model of SACCADE