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Our Team

“Teachers and instructors skilfully balance care, structure and very well-planned learning activities, which effectively motivate and inspire pupils to learn”

- Tram House School Outstanding Ofsted Report, 2018

Senior Leadership Team

Kieran Bird
BSc (Hons) PGCE

Head of Park House School

Kieran has extensive teaching experience and has worked across both mainstream and specialist education, specialising in understanding behaviour and communication. Kieran's passion lies within SEN and lifelong learning. His ambitions for all pupils is for them to reach their potential and develop the skills necessary to function happily in society. Kieran promotes learning through exploration and discovery, he believes in the importance of relevant and personalised target setting in ensuring all learners progress.

Jon Ascot
BA (Hons) PGCE PGDip Ed

Head of Tram House School

Jon Ascot is a dynamic leader with a clear philosophy for excellent educational experiences for children with a range of complex needs, including Autism. His experience and expertise of special needs education is extensive and based on research, ranging from complex Autism to trauma and attachment-related disorders and he strives for innovative and creative ways to support children in their learning. He has a significant range of successful school leadership experience in special schools and has been a Headteacher for 6 years as well as an Education Consultant through his own education consultancy business, effectively supporting schools and local authorities. Jon is excited about being part of the organisation’s journey and is extremely proud of the team and pupils in being rated Outstanding by Ofsted in July 2018.

Emma Price
BA (Hons) PGCE NASENCo

Head of Pastoral

Emma has over 10 years’ experience working in educational settings, with pupils from wide-ranging backgrounds. She is a qualified English teacher and worked for a number of years as both a teacher and as a Head of Year. Emma is also a qualified SENCO. Emma believes all pupils should have access to the best education available and wants to see all pupils achieve their utmost potential within their educational setting. Emma strongly believes that with a supportive team around them, every pupil can make outstanding progress.

Richard LeRoy
BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) QTS

Deputy Head

Rich joined in September 2011. He has worked with children and young adults for over 15 years, working at summer camps in America before undertaking a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Childhood Studies. This led to him working as a teaching assistant in a Moderate Learning Difficulties school and then a Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties school, which is where he undertook his teacher training. Rich has a passion for teaching pupils functional life skills and especially linking this to his other bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, through mini enterprises like the Sixth Form Café.

Chloe Jorgensen
BCBA MSc

ABA Consultant

Chloe started at BeyondAutism Schools over 10 years ago, when there were only three classes and 15 pupils. Since then she has watched the school grow and expand, while she herself progressed to be an ABA Tutor, Class Leader, ABA Supervisor and is now the ABA Consultant.

Chloe has experience working in both schools and Post-19. She loves BeyondAutism Schools and has learnt so much from her time here – not only through doing her Masters and gaining BCBA accreditation but also from the amazing staff and pupils she has worked with over the years.

Chloe is passionate about teaching children and young people to communicate and learn essential life skills, including spending time in the local community and developing work experience skills as they get older.

Karen Talty
BCBA MSc BA

ABA Consultant

BCBA; MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis; BA in Psychology and English

Karen studied ABA in Ireland before moving to London 8 years ago. She has worked in various ABA settings across Greater London including Jigsaw School, Ambitious College, Snowflake School as well as for Hillingdon Local Authority.

Karen has worked with a range of individuals with autism from the age of 4 through to 21. She has been Board Certified for over two years and is enjoying working with BeyondAutism immensely.

Eleni Zachmanoglou
PGDip OT

Senior Occupational Therapist

Eleni has been working with children and young people with autism for more than 10 years. She is passionate about promoting children and young people’s welfare and independence, and qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in 2012. Commitment to evidence based practice led her to BeyondAutism in 2016. It has been her lifelong dream to work in special education and to collaborate with other practitioners who are leaders in the field of autism. Eleni provides therapy, advice and recommendations on how each pupil can achieve their targets and aspirations.

Therapists

Charlotte Phillips
PGDip SLT BSc

Speech and Language Therapist

BSc (Hons) in Biology, PostGraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy (PGDip SLT)

Charlotte joined BeyondAutism as a student in July 2017 and has since been taken on full time as a Speech and Language Therapist. She has worked with children of all ages, including as a 1:1 teaching assistant in a special school setting working with young adults, managing at a sports-based summer camp and volunteering with SEN children.

Charlotte is highly passionate about supporting children of all abilities to be able to express their wants, needs and opinions so they can be empowered in decision making.

Laura Maasland
BMedSci

Speech and Language Therapist

BMedSci (first class hons.) in Speech Science Makaton, Foundation Level Attention Autism accredited therapist

Laura qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2016 and went on to work across mainstream schools and Early Years provisions during her first year in practice, before moving to BeyondAutism in early 2018.

She is passionate about supporting children and young adults of all ages and abilities to communicate to their full potential in the ways that best suit them, their families, and educational environment.

Ultimately Laura’s goal is to nurture our pupils to support them to be well rounded, accomplished and happy individuals.

Teachers

Sarah Dominic
BSc

Qualified Teacher

BSc in Psychology, QTS Primary Education

Sarah joined BeyondAutism Schools 4 years ago as a trainee Tutor. She quickly progressed to Senior Tutor, and then ABA Instructor at which point she joined the schools direct training scheme at the Institute of Education. Here she completed a primary education course, achieving ‘outstanding’, and gaining Qualified Teacher Status.  

As a Newly Qualified Teacher, Sarah is now working primarily with KS1 and KS2 students. Her additional qualification as a first aider, designated safeguarding person and a lifeguard build on her skillset as a teacher.

Michelle Frangos
BA

Qualified Teacher

BA in Humanities; PGCE in Early Years and Primary

Michelle worked as a teaching assistant in a primary school as well as a special educational assistant before taking her PGCE. Having gained Qualified Teacher Status, she spent 3 years working in an ARK academy in Wembley, where she was a founding teacher, working in reception for the duration of her time there.

Following Wembley, Michelle moved to a small school in east London to help set up an early year’s classroom. She moved on to work in a mainstream school in Islington which had a Language and Communication Resource. Here she was tasked with creating a bespoke curriculum for pupils from Year 3 to Year 6, as well as supporting the mainstream teaches to make every opportunity as inclusive as possible.

Michelle has been at BeyondAutism Schools since September 2016.

Matthew Le Blanc
BSc

Qualified Teacher

BSc in Psychology with Neuroscience; Qualified Teacher Status IOE (Institute of Education) UCL

Matt first began working at BeyondAutism in 2013 shortly after graduating with a degree in Psychology with Neuroscience. He started working as a trainee ABA Tutor and immediately became passionate about the role from witnessing first-hand how much of a positive impact ABA was having in the lives of the pupils he was working with. Matt progressed with the organisation to be ABA Tutor, Senior Tutor and Class Instructor before deciding to train to be a Qualified Teacher.

Matt undertook his training at the Institute of Education, and has stayed with BeyondAutism in his new role as a Qualified Teacher, predominantly working with KS2 and KS3 pupils. He is also currently taking a masters in ABA with the aim of becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Matt holds a real passion for promoting pupil independence and generalising functional skills learnt in the classroom to daily lives.

Catrin Bail
BSc

Trainee Teacher

BSc in Psychology

Catrin graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Psychology in 2014. During her time at university she embarked on various work and volunteer placements with children and young people with special needs, specifically autism.

On completion of her degree Catrin spent a year working as a Learning Support Assistant at a Secondary School in West London. She then joined BeyondAutism in 2015 as a Tutor and progressed to the role of Instructor 2 years later.

This year Catrin is excited to be completing her Teacher Training at Park House school, studying at the Institute of Education to gain her Qualified Teacher Status. Catrin is looking forward to furthering her knowledge and continuing her professional development and having the chance to work with all the pupils across Park House School.

ABA Supervisors

Liz Burns
MSc

MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Liz has worked with young people for 8 years, and for the past 4 has been in the field of behaviour analysis. Her experience working for children’s charities which use ABA motivated her to take a masters in that area which gave her the opportunity for overseas study in America. This provided Liz with experience working as a tutor at several ABA clinics, completing data and functional analyses.

On her return to the UK, Liz joined BeyondAutism Schools as a Tutor, quickly progressing to the role of Senior Tutor. On a hiatus from the organisation she worked in adult and community-based services in Manchester, using ABA as a tool to provide work experience placements and independence within the home. She has been able to bring these skills back to BeyondAutism where she currently works as an ABA Supervisor, working towards her BCBA.

Shona Burton
MA BSc

MA in Education; BSc in Psychology

Shona has worked in this field for 9 years, gaining practical experience as a tutor, senior tutor, and instructor and through outreach. For the last 6 years, she has been an ABA Supervisor.

Before BeyondAutism, Shona worked at Treetops School in Essex where she was fortunate enough to gain experience and training in Vince Carbone’s Clinic on the summer scheme; receiving theory training and direct input from his team on a programme.

Shona has been at BeyondAutism Schools for 4 years and is currently working towards her BCBA at the Florida Institute of Technology, receiving external supervision by Carole Roxburgh.

Shona loves seeing the excitement from tutors in her team when their learner masters a skill, alongside hearing the positive feedback from parents about the skills being taught in school, that are observed at home and in the community.

Mercedes Castellano
BCBA MSc

MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Having obtained her licence in Psychology in Spain, specialising in Clinical Psychology and Autism, Mercedes started her career at a small ABA/VB school that focused on early intervention. This role gave her a passion for ABA that has kept her in the field ever since. 

On completion of her Masters in ABA, Mercedes moved to America for a year to pursue further training and supervision while working at the New England Center for Children, Massachusetts. Here she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge and experience, including intervention for high-intensity challenging behaviours and working with students of all ages (reception to young adults) on a wide range of functioning levels.

Following this experience, Mercedes took the decision to establish herself in London, as an ABA Supervisor, first at Treehouse School but more recently at BeyondAutism Schools. Last year she became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Melissa Daw
MSc BSc BCBA

MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis; BSc in Psychology

Ever since first experiencing the benefits ABA has to offer for children with Autism in her 3rd year at University, Melissa has pursued this as her ‘dream career’ path. She completed her BSc in Psychology and went straight on to study an ABA Masters as Bangor University, through a scholarship.  

Melissa started out as a home-based ABA Tutor/Lead tutor/Supervisor within Early Intervention programmes and supporting ABA in mainstream school settings. It was here she was fortunate enough to receive training and supervision hours from Carole Roxburgh (Carbone Clinic Associate).

She joined BeyondAutism in 2015 and has gained further experiences of parent training, outreach support, and running Early Years curriculums. Melissa is due to sit her BCBA exam this year.

Her favourite thing about the job is that there are pupil wow-moments daily. She loves working within her happy team, working alongside parents, supporting staff and most of all helping the pupils reach their potential.

Rhian Edwards
MSc

MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Rhian began working in a special needs school as a volunteer. After joining her first school as a teaching assistant 12 years ago, she helped them develop an ABA-based language sector. Rhian has gained experience working as a tutor, lead tutor, and member of a behavioural support management team as well as a supervisor of outreach, home programmes and school-based ABA programmes across 3 different schools.

Rhian has attended multiple specialist training sessions and conferences, including a 10-day Summer Institute at the Carbone Clinic. Last year she was asked to present her research at the Association for Behavioural Analysis International (ABAI) Annual Convention in Denver, May 2017. Rhian is currently working towards her Board Certification.

Rhian’s passion lies with learning and teaching individuals with autism – she loves how they teach her as much as she teaches them.

Melissa Fernandes
MSc BSc

MSc in Health Psychology; BSc Hons in Psychology; PG Dip with Distinction Applied Behaviour Analysis

Melissa began work at BeyondAutism Schools as a trainee ABA Tutor, being promoted to Class Leader after 3 years. During this time she completed a Masters in Health Psychology, which led her to a role in the health sector involving behaviour change, outreach and health awareness and promotion.

In 2015 Melissa decided to return to the field of ABA as a home tutor, while completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She started gaining supervision hours by overseeing home programmes that enabled her to return to BeyondAutism as a supervisor this year. She hopes this role will further her knowledge, continue to grow her professional development and allow her to apply her insights from the home setting in the schools. Melissa is currently working towards her BCBA qualification.

Sarah Larner
BCBA MSc BSc

BCBA; MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis; BSc in Psychology

Sarah joined BeyondAutism in September 2011 having worked in various capacities with children with autism prior to this. She joined as a trainee ABA Tutor and since then has worked her way through being a Class Leader to her current role as an ABA Supervisor.

Sarah completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Bangor University in September 2016 and became a BCBA in February 2018.

She is passionate about helping children and young people with autism succeed and achieve their maximum potential through learning communication strategies and gaining access and understanding within their local communities. Sarah loves seeing the progress that the pupils can make and celebrating these successes with parents and tutors.

Jordana Lyons
MSc BSc BCBA

MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis; BSc in Psychology

Jordana started working at BeyondAutism after graduating with a Psychology degree, having worked on ABA home programmes for the year prior. She has been with BeyondAutism Schools for 6 years, starting as an ABA Tutor, progressing through Senior Tutor, Class Leader and is now in her current role as an ABA Supervisor. 

Jordana graduated from Bangor University with a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is currently working towards her BCBA exam. She has recently become a staff governor – representing staff and pupils in Governors’ meetings to ensure everyone’s voice and interests are heard around the wider organisation of BeyondAutism.

Working at BeyondAutism Jordana has gained experience with a variety of different programmes and loves seeing the pupils have fun whilst learning new skills each day.

Yllka Rexhepi
MSc BSc

MSc in Human Resource Management; BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Artificial Intelligence

Yllka is an enthusiastic, energetic and committed individual with over 10 years’ experience in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). She has expertise in evaluation and developing clear strategies, priorities and milestones to improve performance in education settings.

Yllka’s first role was as an ABA/VB Tutor at Treetops School, working with individuals with autism aged 4 to 14. From there, she moved to a role as an ABA Training and Assessment Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Kosova – an NGO based in Kosovo, progressing to be the Executive Director of the NGO Autizmi, Kosovo. Here she created and established a thriving specialist service for children with autism, the first of its kind in Kosovo using the theory of ABA, incorporating Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behaviour.

Throughout Yllka’s experience over the years, her passion to make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism and other intellectual disabilities has been fostered and cultivated by seeing many of these individuals exceed expectations and make progress beyond belief.

Yllka joined BeyondAutism in 2014 as an ABA Supervisor and is currently studying for a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis which she hopes will enable her to develop a stronger theoretical and practical knowledge foundation for her ongoing career in ABA.

Jalpa Shah
BCBA-CEU MSc MA

BCBA; MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Jalpa started her career working in the field of Special Needs Education as a Clinical Psychologist in Mumbai, India. In 2009, she enrolled for an MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at Bangor University.

Jalpa worked at an independent school in London delivering 1:1 instruction using the principles of ABA and gained experience in Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behaviour through home programmes.

She became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in 2014, which she put to use working for the Carbone Clinic, Dubai from 2015–2017. Jalpa joined BeyondAutism as an ABA Supervisor in December 2017.

Bobbie Hasselby
BCBA MSc BSc

Bobbie has been working in the field of Behaviour Analysis for just over six years. She was first introduced to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) whilst studying Psychology at Newcastle University where she joined a home programme. Once Bobbie graduated, in 2013, she had the pleasure of working with more families across the North East, with children aged 3-16 years old.

As her passion for ABA grew, she started a Masters at Bangor University. In 2015, Bobbie relocated to Surrey to join a school specialising in the use of ABA as she wanted to gain experience of using ABA in a different setting. She joined the school as a Tutor but was promoted to Lead Teacher, managing a class of children aged 4-9 years old.

Bobbie joined BeyondAutism as a supervisor, in April 2018. She also received the BCBA qualification in February 2018. Bobbie is most passionate about teaching children the ability to communicate. It is such an important step for improving their quality of life!

Cat Bradly
MSc

Cat found ABA after working as a support worker for adults with autism. She wanted to move into work with children and was keen to find a role which would enable her to support individuals to learn, progress and become more independent.

Cat started working at BeyondAutism Schools (then Rainbow School) 6 years ago and loved ABA straight away! After 4 and a half years at the school she started her Masters and left the school to work on home programmes, supporting children in a variety of settings such as mainstream schools, nurseries and the Focus ABA Saturday clubs. She has also worked for BeyondAutism as an Outreach Consultant before returning to the school as an ABA supervisor.

Cat loves seeing how happy our kids are to come to school and seeing them learn while having fun! She also loves the shared excitement of tutors, teachers, therapists and parents when a pupil masters a new skill!

Mansi Rajadhyaksha
BA, M.Ed

Mansi began her clinical experience in 2005 where she worked under a Cincinnati Youth Collaborative programme in the clinical psychology research lab at the University of Cincinnati Ohio.

Upon graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, Mansi continued to pursue her Masters in Special Education with a focus in Emotional and Behavioural Disorders from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Concurrently, she began implementing the Lovaas Method of ABA to children with autism in the Las Vegas Valley. After three years of providing behavioural therapy to children in the capacity of a Tutor and Senior Tutor, she became a Supervisor with The Lovaas Centre for Behavioural Intervention. She has also coordinated community trainings with Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT), is fluent in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and is Team Teach and first aid trained.

Mansi is currently working towards being a board-certified behaviour analyst (BCBA). 

ABA Instructors

Andrew Beveridge
BA

BA Hons in English and Drama

Andrew has 18 years’ experience working with children and young adults with special needs. He started volunteering in play schemes whilst still at school, and his passion has only grown since then.

After finishing his A-levels, Andrew took a year out which included a season in Lake Louise, Canada where he qualified as a snowboard instructor. Following his degree, Andrew pursued a career in acting but carried on working in schools as a SEN Teaching Assistant (TA) when acting work wasn’t forthcoming (quite often!) This led to a permanent position working in a school as a Lead TA where he ran intervention groups across the school in motor skills and sensory development, as well as working 1:1 with learners.

Andrew is a keen sports fan and a Rugby Football Union ready-certified coach – a skill he uses by helping out and coaching the mini’s at his old rugby club on the weekends.

In pursuit of further career development, Andrew heard about an opening at BeyondAutism Schools – seeing the school’s passion and with an excitement to work in ABA for this organisation he started as a trainee ABA Tutor and has now worked his way up the ranks, still learning and developing every day in his current roles as an ABA Instructor.

Carrie Caceres-Taguiang
BSc

BSc in Psychology

Whilst completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Carrie worked in an ABA home programme with a four-year-old boy with autism. She started at BeyondAutism Schools in June 2015 as a trainee ABA Tutor, gaining experience working with different pupils across the key stages and with a range of programmes.

She was promoted to ABA Instructor after only a year and a half, and since then has gained experience with all of the Upper School classes.

Carrie is currently the ABA Instructor in Indigo Class, Park House School and is studying part time for her Masters in ABA which she hopes to finish within the next 2 years.

Rachael Hlomador
BSc

BSc in Psychology – Child Development

Rachael studied Psychology at university, with a special focus on Child Development. In the last year of her degree she took an ABA module that gave the inspiration for her future career.

She volunteered at Focus – a weekend group for children with autism – as well as at a primary school in Barnes, before joining BeyondAutism Schools.  Currently Rachael is planning on doing a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Rebecca Lowes
BSc

BSc in Applied Psychology

Before working for BeyondAutism, Rebecca completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from Durham University. She had some experience in mainstream schools as well as volunteering with group for children with additional needs.

Rebecca joined BeyondAutism Schools in September 2015 as a Trainee ABA Tutor, working her way to becoming an Instructor in January 2017. She thoroughly enjoys the work that she does, and hopes that by studying for a Masters in ABA she can apply the knowledge she gains to her role, to benefit the pupils she works with.

Leah Maku
BA

BA in Dance

Leah started her career in ABA as a tutor, joining BeyondAutism Schools in 2016. Prior to that, she worked in a boy’s Catholic School as a teaching assistant.

Leah decided to go into education after having children – before this she was a dancer, performing with a variety of artists. 

While she finds this job challenging at times, it is also incredibly rewarding – she loves watching our young people grow and develop.

Catrin Price
BSc

BSc in Psychology (First class honours)

Catrin began working at BeyondAutism as an ABA Tutor in 2016 having graduated from Royal Holloway University with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology (BSc). Prior to commencing this role she spent two years as a Play Worker at a club for children with learning difficulties and complex needs.

After a year and a half as working as a tutor, she was promoted to her current role of ABA Instructor. She takes great pleasure from working at BeyondAutism alongside a team of such dedicated, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals.

Rachel Price Haworth
BSc

BSc in Psychology

Prior to BeyondAutism, Rachel studied Psychology at university and on graduating worked supporting children with complex needs in a home and community setting.

She started at BeyondAutism Schools in November 2015 as an ABA Tutor. After nearly 2 year working with a range of learners at both sites, she settled in her current role as an Instructor for 6th Form. 

Rachel hopes to work towards a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis in the future to build on her current experience and help her to further a career in ABA.

Amy Sarrasin
Vocational Degree

Special Care Counselling (Vocational College degree achieved in Canada)

Ever since Amy graduated from primary school, her desire has been to be a reception teacher. When she was only 15 years old she volunteered at a YMCA day camp in Canada, and was hired on turning 18.

Amy studied a degree called Special Care Counselling and in December 2010 had an internship four days a week at an ABA Clinic. This internship motivated her, on graduating, to apply for a full time job there which she stayed at until moving to the UK in August 2013.

Within 2 weeks of her move, she started working for BeyondAutism Schools as a trainee ABA Tutor, being promoted to ABA Instructor in September 2016. She is currently studying for her Masters in ABA.

Charlie Feigen
BSc

Charlie has worked for BeyondAutism for 3 years across a variety of settings and age groups. In particular, he has held key roles within Post-19 and Tram House School and has made it his mission to promote functional independence and tolerance across the services we provide.

Whilst his original training and qualifications are geared towards a Counselling setting, Charlie has become captivated by the behavioural approach used to such good effect here at BeyondAutism.

Charlie believes ABA/VB practice is a fantastic individualised approach that can have amazing, life changing results for individuals with complex needs.

Patrycja Marcinkowska
MSc MA

Patrycja came to BeyondAutism Schools (then Rainbow School) in 2012 as a volunteer to conduct her MA research in Theory of Mind impairment in children with autism and she fell in love with the pupils and the school. Enthusiasm, passion and commitment to make a difference for the pupils was visible everywhere! After a month of volunteering she was offered a position as Trainee ABA Tutor.

Working alongside ABA professionals helped her to progress and she held a number of roles across the organisation. Patrycja left BeyondAutism in 2016 to get experience in ABA home programmes but she missed the BeyondAutism family atmosphere and the team spirit. Therefore, Patrycja came back to work at BeyondAutism as an ABA Instructor.

This year she has completed her MSc in Applied Behaviour at the University of Kent. Patrycja is passionate about working with children with autism and believes that together we can go beyond autism.

Chelsee Maloney
BA

Chelsee studied English Language and Literature at Queen Mary University London and had ambitions to be an English Teacher. Whilst at university she worked in the secondary school she attended as an English Tutor for SEN and EAL pupils that needed extra support.

After university she worked in a secondary school as a Learning Support Assistant, supporting the pupils with autism access their learning in a mainstream setting.

Chelsee has been at BeyondAutism since September 2016, working with a variety of learners across both school sites. In January 2018 Chelsee became a Cover Tutor and in September 2018 an ABA Instructor.

Chelsee is currently looking to start a masters in ABA with ambitions of becoming a BCBA.