Michelle Gallagher, owner of Think Tank Therapy, is accused of assaulting a non-verbal eight-year-old autistic child
The owner of a Bowmanville therapy clinic specializing in autistic children is facing assault charges.
Members of the Durham Regional Police special victims’ unit began investigating after complaints that a non-verbal eight-year-old child was assaulted on two separate occasions earlier this month by the owner and clinical director of Think Thank Therapy.
On Wednesday, police arrested 29-year-old Michelle Gallagher, of Clarington, charging her with two counts of assault.
She was released on an undertaking.
By Thursday morning, Think Tank Therapy’s website and social media channels were offline, and calls to the office, located near Martin Rd. and King St. W., went unanswered.
Cached iterations of the website list Gallagher as having 10 years’ experience supporting adults and children with autism.
Gallagher’s certification as a Registered Behavioral Technician was listed as ‘inactive’ Thursday by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board.
Investigators are concerned there may be more alleged victims, and urge anyone with information to contact police at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5316 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers.