Autism and Behavioral Consultant
Roopa is an Autism consultant, she supports children, adolescents, and adults with Autism spectrum disorder and their families and support staff.
Roopa uses psychological and behavioral strategies to improve quality of life of people with Autism spectrum disorder.
About Roopa Belur
Roopa Belur received her Bachelors degree in Sociology, Economics and Psychology and her Master of Science in Psychology. She began her journey into the world of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Birmingham, Alabama under the guidance of Dr. Rebecca Dossett, a registered psychologist. During this time, her work focused on school consultations, psychological testing/assessments, diagnosis, life skills training and working on behaviour management plans for people in the Autism Spectrum and other Developmental Disabilities. Roopa moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 2010 and worked with Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital as a Psychometrist and Research Coordinator at the Autism Research Centre. Roopa’s involvement with this research study provided her with new skills to complement her growing clinical experience, including greater knowledge of evidence based practice, community-based supports and interventions. Some of her other responsibilities included psychological assessments, scoring and report writing. Currently, she works as the lead Behavior Specialist at Entrust Disability Services. She develops behaviour plans for individuals with varying Developmental Disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Genetic Disorders, Acquired and Organic Brain Injures, Global Developmental Delay, etc., and also provides training on behavior management strategies, planning for transitions, Developmental Disabilities, etc. Roopa plays an active role in meeting various stakeholders (families, schools, clinicians, employment agencies, social workers, hospitals, government officials, etc.) involved with the individuals with Developmental Disabilities. She primarily focuses on individualizing strategies, altering environments, modification of staff’s approach and capitalising on client’s interests as opposed to working on activities the clients find challenging to participate in on a day to day basis. Roopa has also presented on Autism and practical behaviour strategies at various workshops and conferences. Roopa’s main focus is to ensure that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities lead meaningful and productive lives and continually promoting a shared understanding between families, professionals, that recognizes each individual’s uniqueness and our need to honor their diversity.