Sophie Kerr, BAppSci. (Disability Studies) (Honours) BEd
Sophie Kerr has worked in the field of disability in various capacities since 1996 with both children and adults with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to traumatic brain injury. Sophie's major focus over this time has been working with children on the autism spectrum aged between 2 and 14 years within Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programs both in Australia and the UK. She has worked on an eclectic range of programs which have incorporated various interventions including picture communication, social skills development, speech and language development, motor skill development and sensory integration.
Sophie completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) (Honours) at Deakin University in Melbourne in 1999. She returned to study in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Charles Darwin University in Darwin.
Sophie commenced working for Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia in February 2008. She has implemented PECS in her clinical work with numerous individuals and school groups with autism and related disabilities.
Rachel Jellett, BA(Hons)
Rachel Jellett has a background in psychology, and is passionate about both Autism Spectrum Conditions and education. Alongside her studies, Rachel has worked as a teacher’s aide primarily supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, she worked as a research assistant where she visited homes across Victoria to observe the way parents create a home learning environment for children aged between 6 and 36 months. For her doctoral research, Rachel explored the wellbeing of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the ways in which they incorporated learning activities in to their home-life. She has also enjoyed teaching in undergraduate psychology courses. She will complete postgraduate training in clinical psychology in 2015.
Catherine Horton MS, CCC-SLP, BCBACatherine Horton is dually-certified as both a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She went on to earn a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire. Catherine has earned the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. Most recently, Catherine has also completed all requirements for certification as a behavior analyst. Prior to her employment with Pyramid Educational Consultants, Catherine worked as a speech language pathologist providing therapy to children with significant special needs in hospital, group home and school settings. Catherine has been a consultant at Pyramid for over 10 years. She currently provides trainings regarding PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education to parents and professionals across the United States. Catherine also consults to educational teams across the country, focusing on the development of functional communication systems and effective educational environments for students with special needs. She has also published literature in both Focus on Autism and the Autism Advocate. Catherine has a wealth of expertise in working with students with developmental disabilities and is passionate about her work.
Komala Kyme began working in Disability Support roles whilst studying for her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. With a growing interest in the field of Special Education and with a particular enthusiasm for working with individuals on the autism spectrum, she went on to complete her Masters in Teaching at the University of Sydney. Since that time she has been working in art and communication based educational programs tailored for adults on the autism spectrum as well as teaching in both mainstream and special schools in NSW.
Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
Andy Bondy is Co-Founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. Dr. Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis. He directed a statewide public school system for students with autism for fourteen years. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual, 2nd Edition, A Picture’s Worth, and Autism 24/7. Along with Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, Andy wrote The Pyramid Approach to Education, a training manual that offers an integrated orientation to developing effective educational environments blending applied behavior analysis with functional activities and creative communication strategies. In addition, Andy has written many articles and book chapters and has remained active in research and writing while continuing to develop new and innovative methods for helping children with autism and related developmental disorders.
Dr. Bondy received his MA and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and completed his clinical internship in 1976 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Andy has presented numerous papers, lectures and workshops in regional, national and international conferences and conventions on behavior analysis, PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. He is a dynamic, entertaining, and a frequent key-note speaker at a variety of conferences and conventions. Andy consults to schools and families and as a champion of the needs of individual students has served as an effective liaison between families and schools
Lori A. Frost, MS, CCC/SLP
Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP is co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. and Co-Developer of The Picture Exchange Communication System. She has been the driving force behind creating this unique system that allows individuals with limited communication abilities to initiate communication in a form understandable by peers, family and educators. Along with Andy Bondy, Lori is co-author of the PECS Training Manual, 2nd Edition, A Picture’s Worth, and Autism 24/7. Ms. Frost’s background in functional communication training and applied behavior analysis is apparent in the products she designs that promote effective and efficient teaching tools for non-speaking learners. Ms. Frost received her BA in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Arkansas, and MS in speech and language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982. She has worked in many public and private school settings as a speech pathologist.
As Co-Founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants in 9 countries, Ms. Frost has traveled the world, teaching workshops on PECS, the Pyramid Approach to Education, and using B.F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis to create rigorous and precise training protocols. She has presented a number of papers and lectures on autism and communication, co-authored article, books and chapters, and is respected by professionals in her field as a leader in analyzing and teaching functional communication.
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