OUR STORY

I AM SMART S-COOL! is a private elementary and middle school for students with exceptionalities and is registered with the Ministry of Education of Ontario. We teach subjects from grade 1 through grade 8 using a unique Hybrid model of ABA and Creative Thinking.

I AM SMART began as an Autism Treatment agency in 2013, with 5 students who came after school for 1:1 therapy to develop their communication, language and social skills. Since then we have expanded significantly, and we are now supporting more than 50 students with varying degrees of ASD, ADHD and Learning Disabilities from all across GTA, both academically and with intensive 1:1 support.

All of the programs are based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and supervised by Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, Olessia Kotko. IAMMS school works in a close collaboration with licensed speech and language pathologists and occupational therapists who provide consultation for our students on a weekly basis.

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Olessia Kotko

Founder and Director

Olessia Kotko is the founder and director of IAMSS Inc., an ABA-based facility where both direct one-on-one intervention, and group learning are done in various locations throughout the GTA. IAMSS also has an Ontario Certified private school that utilizes ABA-based methods for teaching, while closely following Ontario Curriculum Standards. Olessia is also an author of a poem for kids called “I Am Smart,” that she wrote to explain to kids that all of us have different abilities and we should respect that.

Olessia holds PhD of Education from Moscow State Regional University (https://mgou.ru/en/) with a specialization in elementary education. She worked as an associate professor at Belgorod State University (https://www.bsu.edu.ru/en/)  from 1996 – 2003. Olessia became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in 2013 after which she opened her private practice. At that time, I Am Smart S-Cool (IAMSS) had 5 registered clients, and no additional staff. Currently, IAMSS is employing over 20 staff to help provide services to over 50 clients to help them reach their maximum potential and become active members of society.