Empowering People, Launching lives
BeyondAutism Post-19 provision offers education and training to young adults aged 19 -25 years old with a diagnosis of autism or related social communication and language need. All learners have an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Our approach is underpinned by the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behaviour (VB). Our learners follow an individualised programme focused on developing communication and independent living skills in preparation for adulthood. Through partnerships with other organisations, our learners spend around 50% of their week working and learning in their local communities.
Our first Learning Hub is at 216 Goldhawk Road, W12 9NX and located within Yarrow Housing, an organisation specialising in care services for adults with learning disabilities.
The Advisory Board
The Advisory Board exists as part of the governance of the Post-19 provision, monitoring quality and compliance in the pursuance of positive and aspirational outcomes for our learners.
|Chair||John Crawford, CEO, Yarrow|
|Housing/Supported Living||Sonia Simon, Care Service Manager, Yarrow|
|Adult Social Care||Vacant|
|Community Member||Denise Largin, CEO, Camden Society|
|Head of Post-19||David Anthony|
|Staff Representative||Ruben Deodato|
David Anthony, BA Hons PGCE QTS NASENCo – Head of Post-19
David joined BeyondAutism in 2015 as Head of Sixth Form and Upper School. In 2018, he became the Head of Post-19 and is now leading and managing a service focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for our adult learners. David was initially involved in the pilot scheme of this service and is excited to be leading its development. His previous experience has always been with students who have special educational needs: in mainstream secondary schools, special independent schools and further educational colleges. He is an experienced senior leader who is passionate about students becoming active citizens in their local communities and being taught the skills to have choice and control over their lives.
Sofia Rey, BCBA – ABA Supervisor
Sofia has been working in the field of ABA for 9 years. Her first experience was working at a Summer Camp in the USA in 2008. She was so impressed with the progress that could be achieved in only a week of consistent ABA, that on her return to the UK she decided to pursue a career within the field.
Sofia’s first job was a Trainee ABA Tutor at BeyondAutism. Over the past 9 years she has progressed to ABA Supervisor, and during this time has completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis and gained her BCBA qualification.
Russell Irving, MSc – ABA Supervisor
Russell has been working with young people with autism for 9 years and in the field of behaviour analysis for the past 5 years. Having worked in a range of services including a summer camp in the USA, an after-school club and as a TA in an autism school, he moved to London to get training in ABA, coming to work at BeyondAutism in 2013. Russell began as a Trainee ABA Tutor and progressed to the position of Class Leader over the course of 3 and a half years. During this time he completed his MSc in ABA.
On a hiatus from the organisation, Russell worked across a nursery, homes, school and a college using ABA to teach students across a range of ages. He has been able to bring this experience back to BeyondAutism where he currently works as an ABA Supervisor at the Post-19 service, working towards his BCBA.
Lisa Curtin, MA – ABA Instructor
Lisa did a Masters in Applied Psychology in 2014. During this time she volunteered at a centre that used ABA and helped facilitate a personal and life skills group. As part of this she learned about the basic principles of ABA. When she graduated, she started working as a Trainee ABA Tutor at Treehouse school. After a year and a half was promoted to Senior ABA Tutor. In 2017 she started studying BACB approved course content through Florida Institute of Technology and receiving BCBA supervision. Lisa is really excited to work in Post-19 and with BeyondAutism.
Francesca Sharkey – Post-19 Administrator
Francesca joined the Post-19 team in September 2018. She has over 15 years of administrative experience, the majority of which she spent with the NHS working as Office Manager at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. More recently she has worked at Lister Hospital as well as in a primary school.
Francesca is thrilled to be working at BeyondAutism, working alongside the staff and learners.
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