About us at Kid Mechanix, Inc.:

Shayna Gaunt, MA, BCBA – Director of Kid Mechanix

Shayna Gaunt has 15+ years of experience implementing the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) with individuals with Autism, Apserger’s Syndrome, ADHD,  Learning Disabilities, Downs Syndrome, and other developmental delays.  She is the founder and director of Kid Mechanix, Inc.  She also has international experience providing clinical expertise and training workshops to clients in the US, Costa Rica, England, Egypt, and Qatar.

Shayna consults to schools, parents, and home-based ABA/IBI programs via direct and on-line supervision.  She conducts individualized training workshops for schools and other professionals. She incorporates evidence-based treatments such as Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Verbal Behaviour (VB), Precision Teaching (PT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), and Direct Instruction (DI) into her programming.

Shayna graduated with an Honours BA in Behavioural Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and achieved an MA in ABA from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She has been a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) since 2005.

Shira Karpel, MEd., BCBA – ABA Consultant

Shira is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who has extensive experience working with children and youth with various disabilities.  She completed a Masters degree in Education and Special Education from Touro College in New York City and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from York University in Toronto.

With a combined background of classroom teaching and ABA/IBI, Shira has a strong skill set in the areas of academics, social skills, language development, and behaviour management.  Her international experience in Jeruselum, Texas, New York, and Toronto has enhanced her ability as an ABA Consultant.

Her training and experience in working with individuals with disabilities help her to create and implement individualized IBI programs that incorporate a combination of: Verbal Behaviour (VB), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Direct Instruction (DI), and Natural Environment Teaching (NET).

Shira is passionate about helping each individual that she works with develop the necessary skills to successfully reach his/her fullest potential.

Shelly Yusufov, M.ADS
Program Director, Kid Mechanix Academy

Shelly Yusufov has a Masters in Applied Disability Studies from Brock University. Currently, she is working towards an international BCBA certification.

Shelly is meticulous with everything that she does.  She has a genuine passion for children that emanates when she’s around them.

Shelly’s past experience in ABA includes running social skills groups, as well as working 1:1 with students ages 2-28 years.  She has successfully integrated individuals into school settings and community groups.  She uses Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) and Direct Instruction (DI) methods, as well as other evidence based best practices. Shelly believes in individuality and strives to provide the best care for each of her clients based on their individual needs!


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