About Us

Anna-Maria Macone, Founding Director

Anna-Maria MaconeAnna-Maria is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with over 18 years experience working with children, teens and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or behavior challenges. 

She received her B.A. in psychology in 1992 and began working as a behavior therapist in 1997.  She has also worked in the school system as an Integration Aide from 2000-2007.  Since 2003, Anna-Maria has been consulting with families, supervising home based programs and in the school environment as well as providing therapy and training therapists.  She has worked closely with over 70 families and has worked collaboratively with several well-known professionals over the years. 

Anna-Maria has a great love for children and develops a strong relationship with each child built on trust and respect. Over the years, she has gained instinctual insight and a wealth of knowledge and experience.  She brings hope and infuses optimism into all the lives she touches.


Stefania Dei Tigli, ABA Therapist

 Stefania is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)  working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, behaviour   challenges, and global developmental delays.  In 2009, Stefania graduated with a B.A. in psychology at Concordia University and immediately began work as both a behaviour therapist and an   integration aide.  Since then, she has been working alongside Anna-Maria with numerous children and their families doing home-based and center-based behavior therapy.  Over the years, she has collaborated with several therapists and professionals such as speech and occupational therapists. 

Through her years of working with different children and their families, Stefania has become painfully aware of the struggle parents of special needs children face due to lack of monetary resources.  It is for this reason that in 2011, Stefania founded the Pama Foundation.  The foundation’s goal is to raise enough money in order to provide financial grants for these children.


 Stephanie Lawton, Special Needs Group Educator

Stephanie is a mother of 3 children, one with Asperger's Syndrome.  From her personal experiences with a child with autism, Stephanie's goal is to provide support to families who have a child with special needs through sibling and parent discussion groups. Stephanie has a BA in Applied Human Sciences, major in Human Relations from Concordia University.