Our Team

Rebecca Hurst
Team Leader

I’m Rebecca Hurst and I’m a Supervisor at Vision Beyond Autism, developing programmes for the school and 19+ model. My role includes staff training as well as developing curriculums for: home, transitions from school to college, inclusion in work experience and leisure activities.

I have worked in the field of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) for six years, working with both children and adults in education, community and workplace settings. I have an MSc in ABA from Bangor University and an MA in Psychology from California State University Stanislaus. I completed my Masters in ABA through the Atlantis student exchange programme where I had the opportunity to study in Wales, Poland and California for a two-year period.

Whilst in the US, I took part in an externship where I worked with a number of leading behaviour analysts in an ABA centre; here I gained clinical experience and also worked as a 1:1 tutor.

In the UK I continued working in the field of ABA on home programmes and as a school shadow in nurseries. I then worked in a primary school for a number of years, implementing ABA in both the resource provision and in the mainstream classrooms, working closely with the teachers and other professionals. During this time, I ran social skills, SALT and OT sessions and collaborated on numerous IEPs and behaviour support plans.

Toni Howarth
Team Leader/Supervisor

I’m Toni and I’m a Supervisor at Vision Beyond Autism. I am responsible for the school model whereby I manage the school ABA programmes under the BCBA Consultant. I conduct assessments, write assessment reports, write programmes specific to the children’s needs, monitor progress, write behaviour plans, train staff in ABA, train parents, run monthly training sessions, lead monthly progress meetings alongside a multidisciplinary team, liaise with schools, line manage staff and so on.

I have worked in ABA since starting my undergrad in psychology at the University of Huddersfield. I gained a wide variety of experience in the field working across West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester on Early Intervention programmes led by fantastic BCBAs who inspired my career path.

Since working 1:1 for many years with children on the autism spectrum, I have gone on to work as an ABA Supervisor whilst I worked part-time towards my Master’s in ABA, from which I’ll graduate in late 2019. In addition to this, I am also working towards my supervised fieldwork hours to pursue certification in behaviour analysis.

My experience is with children aged 2–15 mostly in school, home, nursery or specialist settings, such as the local ABA Saturday school (Autism Support UK) and specialist schools. I have taught a wide range of learners across a wealth of skills, communication (including PECS, PROLOQUO2GO), learning to learn skills, group skills, social skills, academic skills, self-help skills and decreasing barriers to learning.

My favourite thing to teach is communication. I find it overwhelmingly reinforcing seeing my learners’ language progress. I see language as a key to opening so many doors and have witnessed first hand multiple times how life-changing teaching and expanding communication can be, which is also a focus within my MSC thesis.

Marianne Wooldridge
Consultant

Marianne currently supports the senior clinical team at Vision Beyond Autism, providing clinical and BACB supervision, and consults individually to each person receiving support within Vision Beyond Autism as well as providing regular training to the staff teams.
Marianne has been working in the field of ABA and autism for over 20 years. Marianne has worked with clients of all ages and abilities, consulting with over 100 children and adults with autism between the ages of 12 months and 85 years.
She sat the BCaBA exam in 2005 and was amongst one of the first to get certified in the UK. Marianne worked as an independent ABA practitioner for 10 years and completed the MSc ABA in Bangor in 2008 before passing the BCBA exam in 2010. Marianne spent the first eight years of her career working with children and in 2007 joined a large residential organisation that specialises in supporting adults who engage in challenging behaviour using a positive behaviour support approach. She then joined Dimensions in 2010, providing clinical support for supported living services around the country and setting up supported living placements to bring people who were living away from their communities closer to home. This role involved completing assessments, training teams and providing ongoing clinical support with the goal of increasing skills and improving quality of life.
Marianne currently leads the external autism behaviour consultancy service and manages a team of seven ABA staff as well as running Roots Autism Consultancy. Marianne is competent in assessment, delivering skills teaching and interventions to reduce barriers to learning and social inclusion. Marianne provides clinical supervision to other professionals and supervision to those gaining experience towards the BCBA exam.
Marianne was a founding member of the #PBSchat group on social media that won a BILD special award for spreading understanding of ABA in 2014. She was a member of the steering group for ABAF and Focus Liverpool, setting up and providing clinical support for the initial Focus Liverpool Saturday School cohorts throughout 2015, and has developed Blue Stars with a group of colleagues, a voluntary group that provides ABA playgroups and a Saturday School for children with autism in the Midlands.
Her interests include: driving up quality and competence in ‘positive behaviour support’, increasing communication skills for individuals with autism and increasing access to ABA using flexible and adaptable models pf provision.
Marianne has attended training courses in a variety of approaches including: PECS, TEACCH, TalkTools, Signalong, positive behavior support, ESDM, PRT, PEAK, SCERTS, AIM, attention autism, colourful semantics and SOSAFE. Marianne has supported many families through the statementing and SENDIST processes including attendance at tribunal.
Marianne provides consultancy to families running ABA interventions in the UK and also provides consultation and training for schools, residential placement and individuals engaging in challenging behaviour. She also provides professional supervision to students gaining clinical experience to sit the Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) exam.
She has presented at the following conferences:
• Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group UK Conference, London, April 2013.
• Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group UK Conference, London, April 2015.
• The Autism Show 2015, Birmingham

Publications:
• Dovey T. M., Bond Wooldridge M., Martin, C. I., & Southall A. (2013). The importance of detailed assessment in tube weaning, lessons from a complex case. Infant, child & adolescent nutrition, 5 (5), 298-305.

Conference Posters:
• Behaviour Change in France: An example of the application of Applied Behaviour Analysis to improve quality of life for persons with autism and their families in Limousin. Guy Martell MSc ABA, Dr Sandy Toogood BCBA D, & Marianne Bond Wooldridge BCBA. Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group UK Conference Poster Presentation, London, April 2013.
• Changing the perception of ABA in practice: Meeting the demand & achieving meaningful outcomes with limited resources. Marianne Bond Wooldridge, BCBA, Autism Behaviour Consultancy by Dimensions. Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group UK Conference Poster Presentation, London, April 2015.

Rosie Whitaker
Team Leader/Supervisor

I’m Rosie Whitaker and I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and Supervisor at Vision Beyond Autism. I am responsible for the school model where I develop meaningful programmes and teaching interventions for pupils. My role includes conducting assessments, developing curriculums and staff training. Targeted programmes include Academic Skills, Communication, Play Skills and Independence.

I have worked in the field of Behaviour Analysis for over nine years and have been a BCBA for three years. I have worked with children between the ages of 3 and 16 years old who have a diagnosis of ASD. The support that I have provided includes home settings, mainstream school settings, community and special educational needs provisions. I have worked closely with school staff, parents, support teams and members of multi-disciplinary teams to ensure that the best possible outcomes are achieved for the children I work with, with the overall aim of improving their independence and quality of life. I have an MSc in ABA and Intellectual Disabilities from the University of Kent and an Undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Since graduating, I have worked in recognised independent ABA schools in London and delivered services for home settings including supporting transitions from home to mainstream school. I have worked at the first ABA free school in the UK, where I received exceptional supervision and mentorship from experienced Behaviour Analysts, before achieving BCBA status myself.

Throughout my career, my particular interest has been centred around the development of curriculums aimed at teaching functional, meaningful and essential skills that aim to improve an individual’s independence and therefore their quality of life. Empowering individuals to reach their full potential and experience as much independence as possible, through the training of the staff who support them daily, is a vital aspect of my work.