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

Schools Executive Leadership Team

Kieran Bird
BSc (Hons) PGCE

Executive Head of BeyondAutism Schools

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.

Richard LeRoy
BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) QTS

Deputy Head, Park House School

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.

Emma Price
BA (Hons) PGCE NASENCo

Deputy Head, Tram House School

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.

Schools Senior Leadership Team

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.

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.

Tom Bailey
PGDIP Speech and Language Therapy

Head of Therapies

Tom has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) for 14 years, primarily in Special School settings across London and the Home Counties. He has worked for three NHS Trusts as Clinical Lead SaLT for Early Years, Special Schools and Autism, and in two independent Special Schools, including Ambitious about Autism as Manager Allied Health Professionals.

Tom is a qualified autism diagnostic practitioner having completed the ADOS Training in 2018, and is a Regional Makaton Tutor. He has previously been a Team Lead within the National Autistic Society’s Accreditation Team. Tom has been a member of the London ASD Clinical Excellence Network for SaLTs and the related Journal Club for many years.

Tom is excited to be leading the Therapies Team at Beyond Autism, working with enthusiastic and professional Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists who all share the same vision of providing the children and young people we work with functional experiences and opportunities within their community.

Michelle Frangos
BA

Head of Pastoral

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.

Administrators

Leonie Rimmer

Senior Administrator and Admissions Officer

Leonie joined BeyondAutism in 2018 having moved to London from the Lake District. She has always tailored her education and career around working with children, having previously worked as a Teaching Assistant in Cumbria. In 2017 Leonie started working in the administrative sector and has not looked back.

She loves the organisation and structure it brings daily. To work in such a motivated environment and be part of the BeyondAutism team is great.

Helen Robertson

EA to the Executive Head and CEO

Helen has been working at BeyondAutism since 2018 and started out as the Admissions officer before becoming Admissions and PA to the CEO. Before working at BeyondAutism Helen gained experience working for a property website. She also has voluntary experience working with adults with autism and as an activities co-ordinator on a mental health ward.

Helen enjoys working at BeyondAutism because she feels as though she is helping families and children with autism. She has completed IPSEA’s SEN Law training to make sure she can help parents and carers navigate the SEN process and gain a place for their child at one of our schools.

Elaine Brookes

School Receptionist - Tram House School

Elaine has worked for BeyondAutism for seven years. She started as a mid-meals supervisor before becoming Teaching Assistant where she learnt a host of new skills.

In September 2019, Elaine started as School Receptionist at Tram House School. Elaine has two daughters of her own and now they are grown up she is enjoying working full time.

Nada Omar

School Receptionist - Park House School

Nada joined BeyondAutism in September 2019 having spent 3 years working as a Teaching Assistant at Peartree, a centre for children diagnosed with ASD.  She graduated with a 2:1 in Psychology at the University of Westminster and has had administrative experience since graduating.

She is excited to be part of such an amazing and supportive team. She has a passion for being a positive influence on children’s lives and feels she can really grow at BeyondAutism.

Therapists

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.

Taylor Christensen
BA

Occupational Therapist

Taylor graduated from Occupational Therapy in Australia in 2015 and has been working with children, specifically children with autism, since beginning her studies. She is passionate about working in a team and enjoys working with children and young adults as each day is a new opportunity – whether it be to help a child learn a new skill or to introduce them to a new activity. Taylor is passionate about sensory processing and you can always find her thinking of fun new sensory based activities to do with the children and young adults.

Georgia Sutherland
BAS

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Georgia graduated as Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology. She began working at BeyondAutism at the beginning of 2019. Since then she has worked across the two schools as well as Post-19 and now regularly attends South Thames College with the Sixth Form.

Georgia enjoys working at BeyondAutism across all the services. The multidisciplinary team approach very much suits her working style and she believe it allows the team to effectively work on the students’ functional learning goals.

Jodie Whitley
BSc

Speech and Language Therapist

Jodie has recently qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at City University, London where she completed a range of school based placements and carried out her dissertation on the importance of collaboration between teaching staff and parents of children with Autism. Through her SLT studies and completing a previous degree in SEND she has discovered a passion for working with children and young people with autism to lead fulfilled and independent lives. Jodie is looking forward to using ABA practices in conjunction with SLT.

She is passionate about working closely with parents, carers, teaching staff and the multi-disciplinary team to create functional and meaningful care plans for all learners.

Shauna Walsh
BSc

Occupational Therapist

Shauna graduated in Ireland in 2020 with a BSc in Occupational Therapy and over the course of her clinical placements discovered a passion for working with children and young people with autism. She is a qualified Speech and Drama teacher and has been teaching social skills through drama to children with autism for the last 4 years. Shauna also worked in the US at a camp for children and adults with complex disabilities, enabling these individuals to participate in leisure activities and supporting them to achieve their functional goals.

Shauna is passionate about enabling young people to achieve their goals and overcome barriers in their daily lives. She strongly believes in a multidisciplinary approach and working as a team to enable children to achieve their potential. Shauna is based at Park House School and at the Post-19 service in Hammersmith. Her goal is to support her clients to participate in meaningful daily activities that promote positive health and wellbeing.

Isabel Booth
BSc

Occupational Therapist

Isabel qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2018 and has spent the last two years working at another ABA setting with children and young people with autism. Prior to studying for her O.T. degree Isabel worked as an ABA Tutor at BeyondAutism and then worked as an ABA home programme Tutor and volunteered in an ABA nursery setting. She is passionate about helping service users increase their independence and learn new skills, as well as supporting them to develop their emotional and sensory regulation skills.

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.

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.

Amber Downing
BA

Qualified Teacher

Amber has worked in a variety of mainstream primary schools across KS1 and KS2. She gained experience working with children with autism and became interested in teaching in a setting that provides education for those children.

Amber believes that every child should be given the opportunity to succeed and is passionate about delivering an education that is accessible for all.

Catrin Bail
BSc

Newly Qualified 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.

Leah Townsend
BA

Trainee Teacher

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.

Aaliyah Adeniji
BSc

Trainee Teacher

Prior to working with BeyondAutism, Aaliyah studied Abnormal and Clinical Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. During her third year of university she was first exposed to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and from there began to think about pursuing a career in that field. Aaliyah aimed to work specifically with children with ASD in an educational setting. In October 2017 after graduating, Aaliyah came across BeyondAutism and applied for the role of Trainee ABA Tutor. Throughout her time at BeyondAutism she has worked in a myriad of classes with a variety of learners across both Park House and Tram House. In September 2019, Aaliyah became a Lead Tutor before becoming an ABA Instructor in February 2020.

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 (on sabbatical)
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 (on maternity leave)
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.

Rhian Mitchell (on maternity leave)
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. 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 (on maternity leave)
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.

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 became a BCBA in 2018. 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.

Carrie Caceres-Taguiang (maternity cover)
MSc

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 (sabbatical cover)
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
MSc

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.

Amy Sarrasin (maternity cover)
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.

Jalpa Shah (on maternity leave)
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.

Patrycja Marcinkowska (maternity cover)
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.

Bobbie Stone
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 pupils 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!

Chelsee Maloney (maternity cover)
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.

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). 

Rachel Turner
BCBA MSc

Rachel has worked in the field of ABA since 2011 when she started as an ABA Tutor with BeyondAutism. Rachel then became a Class Leader, and it was within this role that she began to study towards board certification. She completed the Florida Institute of Technology ABA Online Programme and passed the BCBA exam in 2018. Rachel became an ABA Supervisor in 2016.

After six years working for BeyondAutism Rachel left in order to gain wider experience in different settings. This included working at home with the children of military families that required behavioural support, and as an Outreach Consultant for BeyondAutism. Whilst an Outreach Consultant for BeyondAutism she worked directly with Teaching Assistants in mainstream schools to support students who were at risk of exclusion due to their behaviour.

After two and a half years working in different settings Rachel has returned to BeyondAutism as an ABA Supervisor - she is very happy to be working as part of the close knit and supportive team. Rachel is passionate about increasing the independence of each student she works with and loves to see her class engaged and happy to come to school.

Advanced Skills Practitioners (ASPs)

Rachel Hodgson
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.

Ashi Akhtar (maternity cover)
BSc

Ashi started working for BeyondAutism at the end of 2015. Before joining the charity, Ashi had been working as a midwife. Whilst still a midwife, she went back to university to study Behavioural Sciences. Ashi was intrigued to know more about young people with autism, and so started to look into ABA and it was here that she came across BeyondAutism.

Since working for BeyondAutism, Ashi has worked with a range of early and advanced learners across different ages. She is currently looking to enrol in a Masters in ABA.

Nicola Stanley
BA

Nicola joined BeyondAutism as an ABA Tutor in 2016. She worked as a Tutor for two years before becoming a Lead Tutor in 2018.

Nicola is currently studying for a Masters in ABA with aspirations of undertaking the BCBA qualification.

In January 2020 Nicola joined the Instructor team.

Brittany Farnan (maternity cover)
BA, MSc

Brittany studied Psychology at California State University, Northridge. Following this she moved to the UK to do a masters at Kingston University in Clinical Psychology. Following her studies Brittany moved back to Los Angeles to work with ABA in home settings.

She moved to the UK and began working for BeyondAutism as a Tutor and Lead Tutor before becoming ABA Instructor as maternity cover. Brittany is also currently studying to become a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT).

Francesca Moore (maternity cover)
BA

Having relatives with autism, Francesca became interested in working with young people with autism after she graduated university. She began looking into ABA in September 2018 and applied for the role of Trainee ABA Tutor at BeyondAutism later that month. Francesca worked as a Tutor for a year and was offered the role of Instructor in November 2019.

Francesca is currently working towards her RBT training.

Ewa Ploska (sabbatical cover)
BSc MSc

Ewa began working in summer camps at the age of 15 and it was working with children and young people here that helped make her decision to undertake an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Ewa was first introduced to ABA during her degree and took a placement in an ABA Clinic during her study.

Following her undergrad, she took a break from ABA to study a Masters in Legal Psychology in the Netherlands. It was after this break that she decided to come back to pursue a career in ABA. Ewa joined BeyondAutism as a Trainee ABA Tutor before working her way up to Lead Tutor within a year. In 2020 Ewa became an ABA Instructor at Tram House School. She is also currently working towards becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.