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.
Sarah Watson -
Sarah Watson began working in the field of ABA in 2007 whilst
completing a BSc. in Psychology at the University of Leeds. In 2009
Sarah moved to Australia and continued to develop her skills in the
field working in homes, communities, schools and nurseries, she was
also extensively involved in running social skills groups. Upon her
return to the UK Sarah joined the Autism Partnership team in the
Yorkshire office. Currently Sarah carries out staff training,
programme supervision and parent training as well as running
training workshops. Sarah is currently carrying out her masters in
Applied Behaviour Analysis.
All our staff maintain current knowledge and high-level expertise through Autism Partnership UK's commitment to ongoing training and its internship programme. Our training is conducted in both the UK and the USA. In this way, 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. A set of training modules will be completed within the first year of working for the agency.
All staff are required to attend in-service training on 6 occasions during 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. Supervisors are required to attend the annual AP International Week in the Seal Beach main office, where they attend presentations from a variety of guest speakers, as well as receiving further training from PhD level consultants.
Annual Performance Evaluation
Our staff are evaluated on a yearly basis. Evaluations will be based on the quality and improvement of knowledge and clinical skills, professionalism, and leadership.