Sonia and Reena met in 2012 while working as instructor therapists at an IBI/ABA centre in Toronto. They quickly realized that they share a lot of the same values and passions in creating meaningful and positive changes, not only in their client's lives, but also within the larger community as well. Over many years, their friendship turned into family, and their passionate discussions turned into business ideas. Supporting one another through school (Sonia) and starting a family (Reena), they realized that no one should have to tackle this crazy thing called life alone.
This company, Impact Village, is their starting point. This is their home. It is a way to connect with and support individuals, to connect individuals to resources, and to provide services to those in need. It is their dream to continue to expand services within Impact Village that will allow them to provide support to individuals across all aspects of life – from early childhood to vocational and job support, and everything in between. They want to work with your child, and with your entire family, to create a network of support that will allow everyone to flourish.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Welcome to our village.
Dr. Sonia Levy, PhD ABA, BCBA
Owner/Clinical Director of ABA Services
Sonia is a behaviour analyst and aunt extraordinaire. After acquiring her H.B.Sc in Kinesiology (McMaster University) and a certificate in Autism and Behavior Sciences (Seneca College), she completed her M.S. in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and PhD in ABA at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and set her sights on applying her knowledge to better serve her community. Since becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2015, she has advanced into supervisory roles which allow her to support more clients, as well as provide training and supervision for the next generation of behaviour analysts. She is an active member of her ABA community: attending and presenting at conferences, writing and publishing various research and theoretical papers, and volunteering with the Ontario Association of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA). She has experience working with children of various ages and developmental abilities, across a range of diagnoses, as well as a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. Using her knowledge and experience, she strives to work with individuals to create a personalized approach to care, using the science of behavior to create meaningful change in the lives of her clients.
Sonia truly believes that behaviour analysis is one of many fields that can be used to make this world a better place. Her passions include animal rights, social justice, education, and helping all individuals live happy, healthy, and empowered lives.
Sonia is a BCBA and an approved Clinical Supervisor for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
Reena Lewis, B.Sc
Owner/Mom Mindset Coach
Reena is a Parenting Coach. Her services with Impact Village, as well as her online coaching business (Reengineering Motherhood), are a culmination of her University of Toronto education, her experience working as an Instructor Therapist (IT) in the Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) program at an autism centre in Toronto, running her own home daycare when her first son was born, and now being home full-time to homeschool her four children (8, 5, 3, and 6 months). All of her kids have very different strengths and personalities, so there’s never a dull moment and always a learning opportunity that she’s able to draw insight from and share with other parents. Reena sees the benefit of ABA as it applies to parenting, and is passionate about teaching, supporting, and sharing her wisdom with other moms who also strive to be calm, confident, and compassionate leaders in their home.
Her interests include: reading, journalling, experimenting with new recipes, mindfulness, educating children, and finding and sharing ways to lighten the load of parenting through managing meltdowns.