Ali MSc, BCBA - Site
Director Zahira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, and a Master’s
degree in Neuroscience. She first started working as a therapist
with children with ASD in 1998, after which she joined Autism
Partnership Hong Kong in 1999. She has since accrued extensive
experience under the tutelage of Dr. Ron Leaf, Dr. John McEachin &
Dr. Mitch Taubman in developing ABA programs for clients in
home/office-based, school & community settings. She has conducted
training workshops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia & the UK and
has provided monthly consultation services to clients in Jakarta.
She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and is currently the site
director of the UK office since December 2013.
Donna Benton Msc -
Regional Coordinator - London Donna Benton holds a Masters degree in Applied
Behavioural Analysis. She has been working in the field of autism
and ABA since 1999. Donna completed a 15-month internship at the
Autism Partnership Clinic in Seal Beach, California. She serves as
the Regional Coordinator for the greater London area, where she also
consults to several Local Authority run school programmes, provides
training and support in implementing group ABA teaching in classroom
settings, runs a group instructional programme and provides
consultation for international families.
MSc- Programme Supervisor
Helen Barley attained her first degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Leeds. She then completed a MSc degree in Applied Behavioural Sciences in 2001. Ms. Barley first started working as a therapist with children with autism in 2000, after which she subsequently joined Autism Partnership. She has since accrued extensive experience implementing and developing ABA programmes within home and school environments, in 1:1 and group formats. She is now responsible for case supervision and staff training in Yorkshire.
Veeren, MSc - Programme Supervisor
Elizabeth Thompson is a graduate of Nottingham Trent University with a B.A. Honours degree in Social Sciences (recognised by BPS) and holds a Masters Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis from St. Cloud State University. She has been working with children with autism in the field of ABA since 1998. Elizabeth completed an 18-month internship at the Autism Partnership Clinic in Seal Beach California in 2004. She currently serves as a Programme Supervisor in the Yorkshire / Derbyshire area and is responsible for parent training, case supervision and staff training.
All our staff maintain
current knowledge and high-level expertise through Autism
Partnership UK's commitment to ongoing training. We ensure our skills and techniques are the most current and effective possible. Our staff provide professional knowledge and expertise, delivered with a sensitivity to the issues a family may encounter when raising a child with autism.
Initial Intensive Training
Intensive training is provided for all new staff when they begin
working for Autism Partnership UK. This training is provided in
the form of both didactic and practical hands on sessions.
All staff are required to attend in-service training throughout
the year to further enhance their knowledge. These in-service
sessions involve lectures, reviews of case studies and research,
small group discussion and role-play, and are both didactic and
practical. Training workshops are also provided throughout the
year on various topics. All staff have individual training
objectives which are set with the supervisory team and are
addressed during individual training sessions throughout the