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Useful Info

Below are lists of groups and sources of information that you may wish to investigate. They are not specific endorsements by ABAA4ALL. You will also find a list of books to explore and some useful videos to view.

Industry bodies

UK Society for Behaviour Analysis (UK-SBA) Industry body for ABA in the UK. It is a forum for behaviour analysts for accreditation, professional development and networking. Parents can join as Affiliate members for a small annual fee. 

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) US organisation which issues credentials for behaviour analysis. Accreditations are valued internationally. Parents looking for ABA consultants are advised to secure those with BCBA or BCaBA qualifications.

PBS Academy A collective of organisations and individuals in the UK who are working together to promote Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) as a framework for working with children and adults with learning disabilities who are at risk of behaviour that challenges.

General ABA info and support groups

The following are general all-rounders, particularly useful for those looking into ABA for the first time and searching for more information.

Child Autism UK Formerly called Peach, this was one of the first ABA charities in the UK. Offers a helpline, support and ABA training, as well as being a service provider for ABA programmes which are typically for young children before they start school.

Scotland ABA / VB Facebook group For those interested in ABA including parents, BCBAs and therapists in Scotland.

Birmingham ABA Autism group A closed Facebook group to unite parents and professionals involved with ABA and autism in the Birmingham region. Also a place to share ideas and experiences. Approval needed to join.

Milton Keynes ABA Autism Group A closed Facebook group run by parents to offer support to each other in this area of Buckinghamshire. Request to join.

ABA Tutors/Parents Closed Facebook group for posting advertisements for home tutors.

ABA Ireland A closed Facebook group for all things ABA-related in Ireland.

ABA Tutors/Families in Coventry A Facebook group for those interested in ABA in this city in the West Midlands.

ABA Scotland Unite A facebook support group for families using ABA in Scotland.

Focus Surrey A Saturday club for those with autism aged two to 16 which also offers a series of talks from guest speakers.

 

General info (autism, but not ABA)

Autism West Midlands Charity support for those with autism and their families and carers.

Special Needs Jungle Parent-led information website for multiple diabilities, not just autism.

Association for Science in Autism Treatment A US group with information about different therapies and treatments available.

ABA consultants and service providers

ABA Matters Based in the West Country, this consultancy offering home and school-based programmes is run by Kelly Taylor-Saunders. Kelly also runs online social skills groups.

ABA Sheffield A South Yorkshire clinic with BCBA Jubran Khokhar, which offers on-site services to nursery and primary age children. Home and school services are also provided, plus training.

Achieve With Autism Consultancy This is a London-based consultancy, although it operates UK-wide, and is run by BCBA Esther Thomas, former Ambitious and UKYAP.

Acorn ABA This is a Midlands-based consultancy, although it operates UK-wide, and it is run by BCBA Sarah Walker.

All Behaviour Consultancy Run by Georgiana Barzey, BCBA, who has clients in London and the South East.

Autism Consultancy Services An international service provider based in London and Riyadh, directed and run by a worldwide expert in the treatment of autism, Dr Christos Nikopoulous BCBA-D.

Autism Partnership An international service provider with an office in Leeds, which also provides services in London.

Beehive ABA A centre in London with two-hour sessions for two to eight year olds which is due to open in April 2024. Run by two BCBAs.

Blooming Tree The first ABA clinic in London, with BCBA-managed programmes for younger children running at the well-equipped site either full-time (35 hours) or half-time (15 hours) or at home.

Blossom ABA  BCBA Veronica Dunning runs this Wales-based provision, which offers ABA services in Wales and also across the south of England (acc. to availability) plus in Brazil, Portugal and Angola as she works bilingually in both English and Portuguese.

Carbone Clinic Renowned US expert Dr Vince Carbone, BCBA-D, offers clinics in London, Manchester and Dubai.

CEIEC Duncan Fennemore runs the renowned Centre for Educational Intervention in Early Childhood offering home and school-based ABA/VB services in the UK as well as abroad.

Child Autism UK Formerly called Peach, this was one of the first ABA charities in the UK. Offers a helpline, support and ABA training, as well as being a service provider for ABA programmes which are typically for young children before they start school.

Cornerstone Learning Due to open in April 2024 in Farnborough, Surrey, this CIC offers services for those aged three to five who have difficulties in social communication. A diagnosis is not necessary. Please email cornerstone.learningcic@gmail.com for more information.

Creative Behavioural Solutions This is a London-based company with a team of BCBAs, but they also consult nationwide. Also offers supervision for those wishing to train in ABA.

Daisy Chain Educational Services An ABA/VB consultancy in the Southampton area.

First Bridge is a centre in Chelsea, London, which opened in 2020 offering ABA/VB on a full or part-time basis for children on weekdays.

The Footbridge This Surrey consultancy offers ABA, play therapy and yoga.

Hand in Hand ABA A Kent-based consultancy run by Victoria Meader, BCBA.

HeadStart An ABA and SALT provider, led by group of BCBAs, serving London, Birmingham, South East, Midlands and South Wales 

Keys for Learning A Scotland-based provider offering ABA/VB programmes, workshops and building specific skills, such as toilet training or eating. 

Leapfrog Therapies Operating in the North-west and Midlands areas, Natalie Sylvaine also consults on sleep and mental health difficulties as well as PBS and ABA/VB.

Little Talks Autism Consulting BCBA-led learning and behaviour support for children aged 2-12. Little Talks provides services in home, school and nursery in North-East England and Edinburgh.

Love ABA Former ABA school headteacher Lesley Love has set up a clinic. Lesley is based in Essex but will travel to London and the surrounding areas.

Open Avenues  ABA, PBS and Behaviour Support service covering Birmingham, Northampton, Coventry, Warwick, Leicester, Luton, Milton Keynes and surrounds.

PEAT Northern Ireland A parent-led charity offering home programmes, advice and training.

Piece of Mind Therapies Run by Rochelle Gray, who is both a BCBA and Speech and Language Therapist, this provider offers therapies across London and some areas of Kent. Rochelle has experience in home and school-based programmes and has also worked in an ABA school. She has also worked in the Middle East.

Reflect Autism Outreach Home programmes mostly LA-funded across the UK. The group has a school, a day centre and a care home in Wales. 

Roots Autism Consultancy ABA consultants based in Leicestershire and providing services to families and schools within the Midlands and surrounding areas.

Skybound Therapies Based in Pembrokeshire, this provider offers ABA, social skills interventions, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. Holds training courses at the office, but delivers services to homes and schools across the country and overseas.

Small Steps ABA A consultancy offering home and school-based programmes in the Midlands area.

The Sunflower Autism Consultancy Julia Gudinchet holds a Masters Degree in Autism Studies and is training to be a BCBA. The consultancy is in Bromley, Kent. Julia works with ages up to 18 and has lived in Switzerland and is therefore fluent in French.

Sure Steps ABA Kent-based BCBA Julia Underwood provides services to families and schools. She covers the South East area, including London.

Vision Beyond Autism A charity which helps people access education and activities by using PBS and ABA in the Manchester and Cheshire areas. They also can offer home and school packages.

Finding tutors

ABA Tutor Finder A useful website where you can search using your postcode to find tutors with listings of how far they are from you and how much they charge.

ABA training

Simple Steps Autism is an online tool for parents and professionals to learn about ABA, and features video tutorials, advice and training. It was created with four top BCBA-D professionals (Prof Mickey Keenan, Prof Karola Dillenburger, Dr Stephen Gallagher and Dr Neil Martin) and the parent-led Northern Ireland charity PEAT. 

Child Autism UK See above under "General ABA info". Offers training for parents and tutors.

Autism Partnership See above "ABA consultants and service providers". Provides introductory workshops for parents.

Blue Sky Training focussing on Pivotal Response Therapy, based in Stirling, Scotland, plus London.

BeyondAutism This charity, which runs two ABA schools in London, offers training for professionals and parents.

Jigsaw School This school in Surrey offers introductory and advanced workshops for professionals and prospective parents.

D.ESCAL8 Run by BCBA Des Cooke in Wales, this firm provides training in Positive Behaviour Support for those dealing with challenging behaviours, including families and professionals.

Charities offering ABA grants or bursaries 

Please contact directly for the most up-to-date information.

The Playhouse Foundation Bursaries available, means-tested, Hampshire

The Giving Tree Foundation Means-tested full bursaries London and Birmingham

Week on the Street and Active for Autism Grants for ABA and other therapies, Wales

The Fred Foundation ABA funding available 

The Blossom Development Trust A small, Southampton-based ABA funding charity 

The Joe Noakes Trust Funding available for Norfolk/Suffolk/Essex/Cambs families of limited means and with a child under the age of five

Daisy Chain Educational Services
Bursaries have been available, means-tested and consultancy only in Southampton for children 2-4, but contact for further information.

Legal help and advice - free

SOS!SEN Independent telephone helpline offering advice and infornation on SEN matters. Also offers useful workshops and advice clinics in Surrey (Thornton Heath, Hampton Court), London (Waterloo), Buckinghamshire (High Wycombe), Hampshire (Aldershot), Kent (Gravesend), Manchester and Oxford.

IPSEA Gives information about SEN matters, with an advice line and training.

Legal help and advice - affordable 

Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Founded by renowned expert Fiona Slomovic, who will help you negotiate with your Local Authority and support you through a tribunal.

SEN SAS Run by Sunil Chothi, this independent advisory service operates in London and outside counties. Sunil regularly helps with families needing ABA in an EHCP. 

Suggested reading

Here's our list of books that feature ABA, complete with links to buy on Amazon (although here might not be cheapest - but you can see the front cover and reviews):

Jimmy, Me and Autism

By Sarah Pounder

A true story about a British mum's fight to get her son's educational needs met via ABA. 

Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph over Autism

By Catherine Maurice

The book that started many of us on our ABA journey, by a US mum.


A Parent's Guide to Coping with Autism

By Sarah Ziegel

This book is by a mum with four autistic boys and 14 years of ABA under her belt. 
 

A Seat at the Table: Families Affected by Autism (digital book)

By Karola Dillenburger, Mickey Keenan and Stephen Gallagher

A look at the UK market and the reasons why ABA is being denied to parents.

The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults 

By Temple Grandin and Debra Moore

A guide about preparing your child for life as an adult, with steps on building motivation and what to avoid. Includes eight real-life stories told by people with ASD.

The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments

By Dr S Freeman

This book looks at over 30 autism approaches and assesses them according to their evidence backing.

Tales from the Table: Lovaas/ABA Intervention with Children on the Autistic Spectrum

By Margaret Anderson

Five young boys with ASD and their home ABA programmes.

The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders

By Mary Lynch Barbera

The parent of an autistic child and a BCBA explains the VB approach.

Motivation and Reinforcement: Turning the Tables on Autism

By Robert Schramm

A guide to home-based ABA/VB programmes.

A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism

By Ron Leaf and John McEachin

A collection of ideas and programmes for building skills, as well as strategies for dealing with challenging behaviours.

All Across the Spectrum

By Eileen Lamb

Written by an autistic mum to a severely autistic boy who has found ABA to be helpful.

 


Video clips
 

ABA is tailor-made for and individualised to each child's needs. These sample videos show how different each child's programme is:

Jack Riley:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5xxKC5xNMGo&feature=share

Sean and helping prevent self-injury:

http://www.skyboundtherapies.co.uk/aba-self-injury-seans-story/

Eli Allen, hf autistic young man who had ABA talks about his experience. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd4cqn0PWxk

Colin Butler, who now speaks 12 languages. 

http://www.wach.com/m/news/story?id=1139777

Alex Lowery - hf autistic young man talks about how ABA helped him

http://www.alexlowery.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/AlexLoweryspeaksaboutautism

Advice by Temple Grandin to parents. 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152953349082780

ABA4ALL video/Jack Skiing!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=771307006280448

ABA Maths

https://www.facebook.com/joanne.cockayne.9/videos/977199882331421/

ABA and turn taking

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8O53Zz8g-cs&feature=youtu.be

Jane Asher - longstanding President of the NAS, in her advisory role to the Association of Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) talks of the need for evidence-based therapies

 

Part-1 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jxQUwZFTBCg&feature=youtu.be

 

Part-2

http://youtu.be/-Zfj1g4kWow

 

Part-3

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yJhjg0vGK7k

LEAs and NHS Anchor

Official documents that mention ABA

To our delight, UK professional bodies are increasingly issuing guidance mentioning ABA. Take a look at these, as you might find them handy when talking to educational and medical professionals who might not be particularly open to ABA.

Transforming Care: Model Service Specifications - Supporting Implementation of the Service Model

From NHS England, this is a resource for commissioners to develop service specifications to support implementation of the national service model for people with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition. 

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) NG11: Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities - preventions and interventions for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges

Contains many references to ABA and behaviour analysis eg page 9, 16, 18 etc.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists: Stopping the overmedication of people with intellectual disability, autism or both (STOMP) and supporting treatment and appropriate medication in paediatrics (STAMP)

See pages 9, 14 and 16.

The British Psychological Society: Working with Autism - Best Practice Guidelines for Psychologists

See page 24 and 33 in particular.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN): Assessment, diagnosis and interventions for autism spectrum disorders (a national clinical guideline)

See page 6: "Behavioural interventions may be considered to address a wide range of specific behaviours, including those that challenge, in children and young people with ASD, both to reduce symptom frequency and severity and to increase the development of adaptive skills."

See page 23: "Access to support from staff trained in applied behaviour analysis-based technologies (eg Picture Exchange Communication System, discrete trial training, task analysis, prompting, fading or shaping) to build independence in adaptive, communication and social skills should be considered for children with ASD."

Welsh Government: Support for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Educational Settings

This guide looks at the effectiveness of interventions. While not saying the words ABA, it looks at prompting, modelling and reinforcement, as well as PRT, DTT and behavioural interventions.

LEAs and NHS Trusts that employ ABA professionals

Does your LA try to fob you off by saying they don't do ABA? Below is a list of where BCBAs or other ABA professionals (such as those with an MSc in ABA) are being employed out of the public purse. ABA is now actually becoming a part of the establishment and not "something just for Americans or wacky" as some doubters will tell you. So please give this list to your LA and let's help spread the word:

Note: LAs - we've not included those which simply house ABA schools, as these may be operated by independent charities (not state-run, albeit vast majority of kids there will be state-funded). NHS Trusts - usually these are in CAMHS or for challenging behaviour services, or in adult autism and/or learning disability services, often under the banner PBS.

Note: Other boroughs are employing firms such as Child Autism UK, Beam, All Behaviour Consultancy, Skybound, Dimensions and many other ABA firms or solo practitioners extensively on the public purse to provide ABA at home or in schools (or both) but usually on contract, not an in-house basis. They like to keep it fairly quiet though, in case (in the immortal words of one rather more honest senior LA bod we talked to) "everyone will move here if they find out we do ABA!"

Halton - LA and NHS service for challenging behaviour: BCBA is the principal manager in a team hosted by Halton Borough Council serving a range of local commissioners including the host borough, St Helens and Halton CCGs, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton local authorities. Six behavioural analysts and three assistant behaviour analysts.

Leicestershire - LA service to train school shadows run by BCBA, called Autism Outreach

Richmond/Kingston Upon Thames - state ABA mainstream unit Peartree overseen by BCBA who also consults for the LA on other ventures. Also NHS Trust is using ABA with adults.

Hillingdon - CAMHS LD team employs BCBA (part of CNWL NHS)

Harrow - CAMHS LD team employs BCBA (part of CNWL NHS)

Westminster - CAMHS LD team employs BCBA (part of CNWL NHS)

Southwark - LA employs ABA professional, a BCBA, in charge of its autism outreach service

Conwy - BCBAs in big local state school Ysgol Y Gogarth

Gwynedd - Employs an ABA professional to oversee ABA provision in a couple of its state special schools

Devon - LA employs a BCBA to oversee some ABA programmes

Medway - state school Dane Court uses ABA

Thurrock - ABA professionals in big local state school Treetops. Also Corbets Tey uses BCBA consultants. Plus more ABA schools planned e.g. free school Chatten

Windsor and Maidenhead - BCBAs employed in big state (free) ABA school Forest Bridge

Leeds - state (free) school Lighthouse employs ABA-trained staff

Herts - NHS CAMHS "PALMS" service employs several BCBAs

Hounslow - NHS Trust employs ABA staff

Havering - NHS Trust employs ABA staff

Harrow - BCBA employed by LA to oversee ABA programmes

South London and Maudsley - NHS Trust employs ABA staff. National Autism Unit using Positive Behaviour Support approach

Oxford - NHS Trust employs behavioural therapists for challenging behaviour using Positive Behaviour Support

Shropshire - BCBAs employed by LA for autism service

Yorkshire - Kings Mill state special school employs visiting BCBA consultants

Wolverhampton - now provides ABA as part of its official outreach service

Central Birmingham - LA employing an ABA professional in large state special school, Calthorpe

Bristol - LA and NHS Trust together commission PBSS (Positive Behaviour Support Service) with BCBAs

North Somerset - BCBA oversees school-based ABA programmes with opportunities for school TAs to train as RBTs in pilot project

 

Belfast, N Ireland - three Education and Library boards (similar to LAs) - North Eastern, Western and South Eastern - have approved some limited ABA input to kids' schooling  

Liverpool - Council has asked ABA providers to complete a survey to gauge the interest for children and young people with SEND in educational settings. A step forward!
Alder Hey CAMHS also offers ABA.

Gloucestershire - LA employing PBS practitioners for challenging behaviour. MSc in ABA required in latest job ad, Nov. 17, BCBA 'desirable'.

London's Brent 

State special schools Manor and Avenue offer ABA to pupils.

London's Kensington and Chelsea

CAMHS employs Behaviour Analysts to work with children. 

Berkshire - NHS Trust employing Behaviour Therapists to work with people with learning disabilities

Sussex - NHS Trust employing Behaviour Support Practitioners to work with people with learning disabilities

Kent and Medway - NHS Trust employing Behaviour Therapists to work with people with learning disabilities and autism. Services expanded to include PBS for those without additional needs for emotional and behavioural distress.

Essex - Behaviour Advisers recruited for the social care team for children and adults.

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