Lauren started her professional journey with an undergraduate degree in psychology after learning about autism within one of her lectures. She was fortunate enough to find a position within an ABA school in the UK where she started as a junior therapist. Over the years she progressed to a senior therapist role and a classroom teacher allowing her the opportunity to gain valuable experience within the classroom. Since then she has successfully completed a mastered in special education as well as gaining the relevant experience and supervision to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Lauren moved to Australia to be part of the Woodbury team and has played an integral part in the development of Woodbury’s specialised curriculum and the training and coaching of their highly qualified teaching and therapy team.
Through her experience within ABA, Lauren has had the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals, mainly with a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ranging from early intervention through to adult services. This broad experience, across age groups and with a variety of developmental and emotional disabilities, provides her with a very practical and functional application of ABA. She has strong interests in the field of verbal behaviour, group learning and integration. Lauren has a true passion for the discipline and endeavours to continue to support and guide Woodbury in its aspiration to provide quality and meaningful education to our students.
Cayley joined Woodbury as a Clinical Supervisor in January of 2020.
Cayley first decided to pursue ABA therapy while earning her BA degree in psychology and her BS degree in applied physiology and sport management in Dallas, Texas. She was volunteering with a program that paired adults and children with disabilities with professional directors to help them write and perform their own musical production. While volunteering, she often heard from the participants that they enjoyed how the program empowered them to make their own decisions and express their opinions freely. As a result, Cayley realized how different her world would be if other people made all her decisions. She chose ABA therapy because she is passionate about helping children learn more efficient ways to control and interact with their environments.
After earning her MEd in Autism and developmental disabilities in Austin, Texas; Cayley worked for three years at a private early intervention centre where she gained enough experience and supervision to earn her BCBA. During this time, she developed the curriculum for a social skills group, led an early intervention classroom and supervised multiple therapists in both private and educational settings. Cayley then moved to Sydney in June of 2018 to join her partner. Prior to coming to Woodbury, Cayley worked in Sydney as an ABA therapist and as an ECEI Coordinator for an NDIS partner.
Cayley is passionate about finding activities that makes each child smile. She believes the best interventions are child-led and individualized, and the best teaching tool is fun.
Bec has 10 years of experience in Applied Behaviour Analysis; her first experience was in delivering home therapy to families using service providers and her initial training in ABA with service providers such as Aspire and ABI.
She has been a teacher at Woodbury since July 2010. Bec has a Bachelor in Arts (majoring in Psychology), along with a Masters in Special Education, specialising in emotional and behavioural concerns. Currently, Bec is undertaking coursework to become a BCBA and is intending to complete this by the end of 2018. Bec’s particular interests are in helping children develop their self-help skills with regard to daily living tasks, communication, helping students manage and identify their own behaviours (where possible) and making the transition to other schools as smooth as possible for both the children and their families. Bec is also passionate about training others in ABA, including staff and other stakeholders, so more people can see the benefits of this powerful tool.
Emily is extremely passionate about embedding ABA into naturalistic teaching opportunities. She is particularly invested in creating a classroom environment that promotes independence, teaches flexibility and encourages students to express themselves in a functional way.
Katie grew up in the Sydney area and was interested in pursuing a degree in Speech Language Pathology as she grew up alongside a brother and other family members who benefited from speech services. Katie graduated with a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Sydney with a background in Bachelor in Speech and Hearing Science from Macquarie University.
During her studies, Katie worked with Speech Pathologists in Western NSW to provide community health services to people in rural areas, as well as providing in-school support for students with sensory and special education needs. These experiences developed a special interest in the field of paediatric swallowing disorders, Aboriginal health, and working with young people and their families from disadvantaged communities.
Katie is passionate about working with each student’s strengths and interests to ensure therapy is individualised to their life and needs, and is excited to continue the development of Woodbury’s “Fruity Friday” program to encourage students to find enjoyment in new foods and support them in forming flexible, diverse, and healthy eating habits.
In her spare time, Katie enjoys playing sport and has a special soft spot for animals, especially for her German Shepherd called Darby.
Annie’s initial encounter of Woodbury was after an in class observation when they first opened in 2006. It was this experience which ignited Annie’s passion for teaching. Now, after completing her studies ( and a short break to start a family) she has come back to Woodbury and is excited to be part of this amazing team.
She first began her career in the Early Childhood Sector, completing a Diploma in Children’s Services. She then went on to complete a Bachelors Degree which covered the birth the 12 year age range and gained valuable experience working with children in both the classroom and outside school settings. While on maternity leave she completed post graduate studies in behaviour support teaching.
What she enjoys most about working in Woodbury is the relationships and bond that are built with your students and their families. Annie says “The students at Woodbury have taught me so much already and I can’t wait to see what my future at Woodbury holds”.
Room Leader Rubens Place
Claire first started teaching children with Autism as a junior therapist when in her last year of completing a bachelor of sociology, whilst living in the UK. Quickly coming to love the role, she developed a passion for ABA and how she could help these wonderful children she was meeting. Since then Claire has been blessed to work with many amazing professionals in both schools, private clinics and in private homes as a senior therapist and special education consultant.
Claire has also completed a Masters in special education, studied the early start denver model (ESDM) and continues to study for her BCBA.
Of all the amazing mentors and teachers she has met, Claire feels that her students remain the biggest teachers of all. Through them learning so much about resilience, joy, patience, sensitivity and humour.
“It is my hope that the Ruben Class will be an enjoyable and fun place to learn pivotal skills that will lay the foundation for a brighter future”.
Meet the Woodbury Therapy Team.
Woodbury is proud to have a dedicated team of highly trained ABA therapists who work in our school providing vital support within the classroom.
The team here at Woodbury undergo specialist training in ABA, and are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including education, speech pathology, childcare and psychology.