At Aspire we believe in building a supportive community around each child. Only through direct interaction between parents, therapists and program managers can the best outcomes be reached for your child.
Aspire culminates in a network of over thirty Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI) practitioners lead by our highly experienced team of Behaviour Support Practitioners (BSPs) and Program Managers
Our Aspire Family is continually growing, we are striving to work cohesively with our parents and children, as well as develop professionally. Our team is at the forefront of Aspire and are all valuable in all that they do!
MA. (Linguistics), BCBA
Dianne frequently consults with schools in the Asia Pacific region (Hong Kong, China and Singapore) and provides teacher and staff training for international schools throughout Asia.
Dianne has lectured at Monash University for the Masters of Education. Her specialty area is working with children under 4, and her current research interests are in Relational Frame Theory, its practical applications and complex human behaviour such as perspective taking and Theory of Mind Skills.
Dr Leaora Wagner
M.A., BCBA, LBA, Ed.D.
Dr. Leaora L. Wagner has managed clinical teams providing coaching and support to maintain high quality clinical programming across small and large teams with a focus on using trauma responsive practices. Dr. Leaora L. Wagner has published peer reviewed literature and presented across America and Europe on best practices for children and organizational behaviour management.
In her 21 years, Dr. Leaora L. Wagner has impacted the lives of thousands of children, adults, staff, and families to produce socially meaningful outcomes for the families we serve. Dr. Leaora L. Wagner received a Master degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management.
When Dr. Leaora L. Wagner is not working, she is traveling with her husband and enjoying anything that involves sunshine.
Our Canberra Team
Sumit - Clinical Manager
B.Sc. (Physiotherapy), M. Ed (Applied Behaviour Analysis)
Sumit started her career in ABA as a Registered Behaviour Technician in 2013. Since then, she has worked her way up to be a Clinical Manager at Aspire through gaining valuable and diverse experience, and constant up- and cross-skilling. Sumit values different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and respects individuality while working with all her clients.
Darcy - Behaviour Support Practitioner
B.Sc. (Applied Behavior Analysis), B.Sc. (Human Development and Family Science), RBT
During Darcy's time as an clinician, she has worked in various clinical environments and a private school setting with children ages 2 to 13. She is passionate about advocating for children with autism along with teaching them important new skills to gain more independence.
Rabani – TBC
Rabani has immense gratitude and passion for the field and wishes to contribute more by learning and growing through collaborative and community work.
Rabani has a happy-go-lucky personality and is a big Bollywood fan. When she’s not at work, you can find Rabani making Instagram videos or trying out new restaurants.
Nicole – Behaviour Support Practitioner
BSc (Management Information Systems), RBT
Having worked in early intervention from 2020, Nicole discovered her passion for helping children develop functional skills in a play-based setting. She loves how her role allows her to support her clients, along with their parents and other technicians as well.
In her free time, Nicole loves spending time with family and friends, going on picnics, and watching movies or TV series.
Maria Therese – Program Manager
Marie Therese founded the ABA program at the Special Kids Clinic, part of the Pediatric Neurology Department at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), creating a team of ABA supervisors and therapists and expanding ABA services across the country. The services provided included: initial assessments, therapies, parent training, and school and nursery support. She coordinated the team of Speech, Feeding, Occupational, Psychomotor and Physical therapists at the AUBMC Special kids Clinic. Marie Therese also completed the training course in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2).
Marie Therese is fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic. Born to parents from different countries and cultural backgrounds, she thrives in a multicultural and dynamic setting. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families.
Our Sydney Team
Emily – Behaviour Support Practitioner & Program Manager
B.Sc. (Speech and Hearing), M.A. (Speech Language Pathology)
Emily’s prior experience consists of 3 years of private tutoring covering all areas of the school curriculum, with young adolescents with special needs, including Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. Emily has also worked in the disability sector as a Direct Support Professional for adults with a variety of disabilities for 2 years.
Emily started working at Aspire in 2013 and has been part of the Aspire team for 9 years. Emily has experience in working with children from 2-10 years of age in the clinic, at home, in school settings and in the community, as well as experience in providing parent training and conducting various assessments.
Emily is passionate about teaching her clients language, functional communication, daily living skills and increasing their independence.
Alexandra – BCBA Program Manager
Alexandra has experience working with children ages 2-16 in the home, school, and community settings. She is passionate about the importance of parent training, functional communication training, and helping children increase their independence.
She is excited to continue learning and to start working as a BCBA for Aspire Early Intervention in Sydney!
Syeda Sarah – Program Manager
M.A. (Applied Behavior Analysis)., BCBA
She has been working in the field of ABA for the past 4 years supporting children with special needs ranging from the ages of 2 to 11 years in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. She is consistently working to spread the positive value ABA services have to offer with the hope of bringing a socially significant change in the lives of her clients and their families in diverse settings (home, clinic, school).
Some of Sarah experiences with ABA include performing Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), designing and implementing function-driven Behavior Intervention and Skill Acquisition plans and supervising professionals and colleagues in multiple settings as well as in different countries.
Sarah is passionate about what she does and takes great interest in coaching and supporting clients, parents and guardians in the best way possible.
In her free time, Sarah loves finding adventure in nature with her family, listening to music, learning, and exploring new things in life.
Kaitlyn – Program Manager
Kaitlyn has worked in many roles, settings, and age groups while working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her passion is spreading love, understanding, and knowledge to the children and families she works with. She joined Aspire in January 2022 and is excited to gain and share knowledge with the Aspire team.
Liora – Program Manager
M. Ed, BCBA
Liora began her career in ABA supporting children with additional needs in a pre-school environment in 2016. In 2018, she began working as a Behaviour Technician in clinical, home-based, and community settings and later as a Senior Clinician and Program Manager. She is most passionate about not only teaching but also empowering the children she works with. Her areas of interest include functional life skills and independence, functional communication and play. She is also interested in using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) across her practice.
Liora loves being creative, particularly painting large colourful abstract pieces and is always up for an adventure.
Ashley – Behaviour Support Practitioner
Ashley has been working at Aspire since 2019 and has experience working in a wide range of environments including school, home and clinic. She loves working with her clients and teaching them new skills that will be functional in their everyday environment, particularly in regards to language development. She is passionate about creating a fun learning environment for her clients so they are engaged and enjoy everything ABA has to offer!
During her free time Ashley likes cooking, spending time with her family and hiking.
Kimberley – Behaviour Support Practitioner
Having completed her Bachelor's in Psychological Science at the University of Wollongong in 2021, Kimberley is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) at Monash University. Kimberley has therapy experience across multiple settings including clinical, home-based and school, and wishes to deepen her knowledge in the area of ABA therapy as she strives to achieve her BCBA. She is passionate about developing children’s functional and communicative skills as well as parent training.
During her free time, you can find Kimberley in the gym, spending time with her friends and family, dreaming about travel or watching Netflix.
Jessica-Lily – Behaviour Support Practitioner
Jess started working in ABA in 2016 during her bachelors degree to grow her knowledge and practical experience but quickly fell in love with the fun and energetic nature of the role. During her time as a therapist, she has worked in home, school and clinical settings in Sydney as well as Cape Town, South Africa. She is passionate about creating group learning experiences for children to foster social and school readiness skills.
During her free time, Jess loves all things water; kayaking, swimming and scuba diving regularly with friends and family.
Raihan – Behaviour Support Practitioner
BSc (Hons), M. Ed. (ABA), Dip in Special Education
She went on to complete her Masters in ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) in 2021 and joined Aspire in the same year. At Aspire, Raihan works with a diverse group of clients and seeks enjoyment in facilitating her clients’ development in functional skills that support independent living in their everyday lives. She is always keen on learning new teaching strategies especially from her peers.
In her free time, you won’t find Raihan as she will be travelling, hiking or at the boulder gym.
Kumari – Scheduling Coordinator
Kumari has also completed a Certificate III in Childcare and owned and operated a childcare business prior to joining Aspire. Kumari joined Aspire in September 2021.
In Kumari’s free time she loves being a mother, reading, traveling and eating chocolate.
Kerry-Anne – Speech Pathologist
B.App.Sc.(Speech Pathology); M. Inclusive Education (Autism); MSPA, CPSP
Kerry-Anne assesses and delivers speech pathology services for children aged 18 months to 18 years with communication difficulties including: articulation; phonological disorders; receptive language; expressive language; literacy and fluency. She has experience working with children who have a range of diagnoses including: specific learning impairments; ASD; Down’s Syndrome; ADHD/ ADD; ODD; VCFS and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome as well as families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Kerry-Anne enjoys working with families at the Aspire Early Intervention Centre, Newington Medical Centre, their preschools/ schools and their homes to assist them with improving their communication skills.
Amos – Behaviour Support Practitioner
Amos has experience working with young adolescents and children with special needs, formerly as a swimming teacher. He has worked in multiple settings including, clinical, home-based and schools, and wishes to further develop his knowledge of ABA. Amos is passionate about helping children build their social skills with others, and creating opportunities for them to enjoy the time they get to be as 'kids'.
During his free time, you'll find Amos either swimming, jamming on his guitar or baking something sweet.
Justyn – Operations Manager
Justyn has a passion for communication, organization and creative problem solving. She loves working in tandem with clinicians and clients to support therapeutic outcomes.
Justyn enjoys traveling, vegetarian cooking and creating art.
Shilu – Accounts Administrator
After moving to Australia, she worked in the retail sector as part of a fast-paced customer relations team before completing her Cert-III & Cert-IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping in 2021. Her role with Aspire is very close to her heart as this where she can put her skills to use along with the passion she always carried.
Outside of work, Shilu loves travelling and spending time with family and friends.