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OUR DIRECTORS

OUR STAFF

 
   
Zahira 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.

  Programme Supervisors
Helen Barley, 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.
Elizabeth 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.
   
 
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.

Ongoing Training
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 year.