Our Clinical Specialists
AES has other experts who specialise in particular areas.
Irina Risteska commenced with AES in 2012 and received her postgraduate in Psychology in 2013. She is a Board Certified Behavioural Analyst (BCBA), and is a trained facilitator for the Secret Agent Society (SAS) social skills program run by AES. She has also completed accredited St Johns First Aid training.
Irina is trained in administering the Verbal Behaviour Milestone Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and provides Professional Learning and Development Courses. These courses are designed to include specific behaviour techniques to provide strategies that are specific to each learner.
Irina has a Master’s in Education, in Curriculum and Instruction which she studied alongside her Board Certified Behavioural Analyst (BCBA). She facilitates and supervises our Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) training program. She also works alongside the Director when evaluating and on boarding new child clients. Irina’s clinical role also includes overseeing the early intervention, one-to-one child programs and staff training.
Irina provides prior preparation to children/ adolescents for situations such as, but not limited to dentist visits, hospital stays, aeroplane flights, hair-cuts, doctors’ visits, moving house, changing schools and so on. She is able to conduct programs for children on nutrition, food refusal/ fussiness and texture and colour preferences. Irina also provides education and support to kids and their families with sleep issues. Sleep disturbances in kids with autism are reportedly as high as 80%. insufficient sleep can result in daytime sleepiness, learning problems and behavioural issues such as hyperactivity, inattentiveness and behaviour problems.
Social Clubs Team Leader
Elanore Weller has a Bachelor of Psychology and is also a qualified primary school teacher. With over 10 years’ experience of working with children from Pre-Kindy to late teens. She has a real passion for the role and for helping children reach their full potential beyond the classroom. Her involvement with these specialised groups provides not only the play/ social aspect which is so needed for our kids, but the extra academic and behavioural focus also.
Elanore is responsible for designing the curriculum, the teaching and the management of our Social Clubs and provides ongoing support to our facilitators. Elanore is also responsible for providing the initial welcome and information calls to the parents/ carers followed by the preliminary evaluation to ascertain suitability and accurate placement of your child in the clubs. Elanore is the go-to person for parents/ carers in all areas of the social club process.
Elanore also runs our tutoring programs. Being a fully qualified school teacher, our programs are in line with the Australian curriculum to support your child’s academic needs. Elanore provides individual tutoring sessions or in a 1:2 or 1:3 small group, designed for your child to grow and reach their full potential bases on the needs of your child.
Senior Case Manager (Pre-Kindy Specialist)
Case Manager Kathy, has been a member of the AES team since 2004. Kathy worked in the area of special needs for 10 years prior to joining AES. Kathy’s speciality is on boarding of the new diagnosed littlies, into their very first program. This is a big step for a child and a big step for their family. Kathy is able to navigate your child through the anxiety of their first formal learning acquisition with a great mix of technical and behaviour skills, a high level of reinforcement and fun.
As well as her ABA, DDT background, Kathy has gained competencies as a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) and is a trained Secret Agent Society (SAS) practitioner. Kathy has also completed accredited St Johns First Aid training.
Kathy is also a Facilitator for our Mummy (or Daddy) & Me programs and Social Club Programs.
Case Manager (Adolescent Specialist)
Georgia began working with AES in 2014 and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology in the same year. She is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) and is a trained facilitator of the Secret Agent Society (SAS) social skills program. She is currently completing a Master of Sexology at Curtin University. Georgia has experience working with adolescent children. She specialises in assisting teenagers going through puberty and to teach healthy relationship skills, sexual risk reduction, sexual behaviour and safety.
Georgia also specialises in working with schools from mid-primary to secondary, to provide transitionary support, behaviour management techniques, attend meetings with parents, school staff and other professionals, to assist with the individual issues children with an autism diagnosis may face in their education facility.
Georgia is our Lead Facilitator for our Teen Connect Social Club.
Our Behaviour Interventionists
We have a team of Behaviour Interventionists who are fully trained and experienced in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and therapeutic methodologies.
Our team have undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Education, Psychology, and other related fields. They have extensive experience implementing various ABA techniques and programs. They are also required to complete and maintain as a minimum the Registered Behaviour Technician paraprofessional credential through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.