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Kimberley Dobbie

BSLT, SLP(c)

Speech Language Pathologist
Autism New Zealand Board Member
Credentialed Assessor for Assistive Technology through TalkLink Trust

Kimberley graduated from Massey University as a Speech and Language Therapist. She worked for the Ministry of Education in South Auckland before moving to Canada and specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

While living in Vancouver, Kimberley worked at Canada’s largest assessment and therapy centre for Autism. She became a Registered Autism Service Provider in British Columbia, and is a certified Speech Language Pathologist with Speech and Audiology Canada.

Kimberley is very passionate about her work with the ASD community, recently being asked to join the Board for Autism New Zealand. Kimberley continues to develop skills through research and professional development, such as completing the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) introductory course through UC Davis, becoming PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) trained, and a Credentialed Assessor for Assistive Technology through TalkLink Trust. Kimberley is also passionate about using best-practice guidelines to support the learning of people with ASD, including providing access to a fully integrated multidisciplinary team.


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Jennifer Skinner

BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)
Registered Psychologist

Behaviour Analyst

Jennifer is a registered psychologist &  BCBA with a number of years’ experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  She is also a member of New Zealand Association of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Jennifer has worked in homes, schools, and residential settings using her extensive knowledge of Applied Behaviour Analysis to provide lasting behaviour change for staff and families.

Jennifer has worked with individuals displaying a range of challenging behaviours including physical and verbal aggression, toileting issues, noncompliance, and a range of socially inappropriate behaviours.  Jennifer has also created individualised programmes to increase alternative prosocial behaviours such as communication, emotional regulation, self-help skills, and community engagement.

Jennifer has extensive training in providing Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), assessments of verbal behaviour, Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), and functional analysis of problem behaviour.


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Sophie Moynihan

BOT, NZROT

Occupational Therapist

Sophie graduated from Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy as an
Occupational Therapist, and is now a New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist.

Sophie has experience working as a private paediatric Occupational Therapist in the Auckland area. She regularly works with children with sensory, learning, and behavioural differences, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.

Sophie is passionate about using play to develop and consolidate skills. Whether that be in the home, school, or community environment. She is also passionate about understanding how the sensory system can be supported and utilised to increase functional engagement in everyday activities. This includes completing the ‘Traffic Jam In My Brain” workshop, a sensory approach to supporting challenges associated with ASD, ADHD, learning, and behavioural differences. She has also completed 40 hours of Registered Behaviour Technician Training.

Having a brother on the Autism Spectrum, Sophie values the importance of working alongside families and teachers. She has further experience in classroom observation assessments, which can support and facilitate common goals in both environments.

 

 
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Lindsay Curtin

BA (Psych)

Therapy Technician

Lindsay studied Psychology, focusing on child development, at Wheaton College (MA) in the United States. After graduating, Lindsay worked as a Behaviour Therapist in a clinic based setting for children with ASD. There, Lindsay worked in one-on-one sessions with children and adolescents, lead social-skill groups, ran preschool classes, and completed the theoretical coursework to becoming a Registered Behaviour Technician.

In November 2016, Lindsay came to New Zealand on a working holiday, and luckily for us decided to stay! Since coming to New Zealand, Lindsay has worked in various education roles at the preschool and primary school level.

Lindsay is passionate in helping children find their voice through behaviour management and social skills acquisition.


 
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William Lotawa

Therapy Technician

William has 5 years of experience working as part of a private Occupational Therapy practice in the Auckland area, where he facilitated group therapeutic programmes on and off site. He has also spent the past three years coaching children of all ages and abilities to swim.

William has experience as a Camp Counsellor at Camp Kodiak in Ontario, Canada. Camp Kodiak is a camp for children with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Learning differences. Whilst working at Camp Kodiak, William consolidated his passion for working with children and supporting them to succeed in everyday life.

William has completed the ‘Traffic Jam In My Brain” workshop; a sensory approach to supporting challenges associated with ASD, ADHD, learning, and behavioural differences. He has also completed the theoretical coursework to becoming a Registered Behaviour Technician.


 
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Reha Kumar

Therapy Technician