Dr. Craig Ross

Child and Parent Resource Institute

600 Sanitorium Road
London, ON  N6H 3W7
Telephone: (519) 858-2774, ext. 5529
Email: craig.ross@ontario.ca 

Clinical interests: I am currently assigned to two outpatient clinics, the Interdisciplinary Autism Service (IAS) and Sexual Behaviour Team (SBT). Common to both of these is my clinical interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, though clinical concerns may present in very different ways. For the autism service in particular, my primary goal is to provide a comprehensive and updated formulation of the client. As I explain to parents, I believe that having an in-depth understanding of the client in terms of skills, weaknesses and needs is paramount and perhaps even more important than a diagnostic label. Formulation is typically accomplished through an inter-disciplinary process involving SLP, OT, Social Work and BCBA. Depending on the intellectual functioning of the client, the approach can differ. With those having significant intellectual impairment, emphasis is often on helping parents and caregivers identify appropriate expectations and support needs as a way of reducing problem behaviour. Assessment often involves the Stanford-Binet 5 and Vineland-3 for this purpose. With more cognitively-able clients, assessment is much broader and can include aspects of intellectual ability, executive functioning, social-emotional well-being and specific diagnostic questions (e.g., ASD). A variety of standardized tools are used for this purpose. Work with the SBT involves fewer allied health professionals, but can include greater investigation of psychosocial factors such as challenges with attachment, interpersonal perception and past trauma.

Topics for workshops, seminars: Neurodevelopmental disorders (inpatient or outpatient settings); Inter-disciplinary assessment; Assessment of low intellectual ability (SB5 and Vineland-3)

Type of clinical practica: Initial Assessment, Advanced Assessment

Types of clients: Child, Adolescent

Modality: Individual, Family

Theoretical orientation: Cognitive behavioural; Behavioural; Cognitive; Applied Behavioural Analysis

Types of client problems: Intellectual disability; Communication disorder; Autism spectrum disorder; ADHD; Learning disorder; Impulse control; OC & related disorders; Depressive disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Trauma- and stressor-related disorders

Type of supervision you can provide: Student describes case to you; Review videotape with student; Observe student live

Recent students: M. Brown (2019)

Current students

Clinical mentor: Available

Research interests:

Available to supervise: Presumed No

Constraints: Available October or November 2021-August 2022.

Last updated: May 31, 2021