Natascha Ziemons-McLean is a fully qualified primary school teacher with over twenty years of teaching experience. She has taught in England and Scotland in both mainstream and special needs schools working with whole classes as well as small learning support groups. She has an in-depth knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence and of the support and tailoring that is needed to make it accessible in a meaningful way for children on the autistic spectrum.
She has a degree in Psychology and Economics, a PGCE in Primary School Education and a PGC in Autism from the University of Strathclyde. Ms. Ziemons-McLean also has a child who has autism and she has run an after-school ABA/VB home programme for several years.
David, who has an Honours degree in Computer Science from Heriot Watt University, has spent the last ten years running an Edinburgh-based property development business.
During this time he has gained wide ranging expertise in building refurbishment and liaison with clients, architects and building professionals.
He also has thirty years experience in the banking, insurance and pensions sectors in Scotland and England. He has worked as a business analyst and project manager for institutions including Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows, Standard Life, Norwich Union and General Accident.
Guri Le Riche has worked in mainstream primary education, as a class teacher, as a learning support teacher and as a specialist art teacher.
She has also taught in a wide range of special needs schools both at primary and secondary level). She has a degree in Fine Art and a PGCE in Primary School Education.
Ms. Le Riche has years of experience using ABA/VB programmes at home, as well as experience teaching the curriculum for excellence in state funded special schools where ASD pupils are included.
Kaye has ten years’ experience of running a business, including day to day administration, project management, liaison with a range of project partners and funders, as well as working with freelance and permanent employees. She also has experience of the third sector. In addition, she has content creation expertise, including website management and design, and use of social media. She has proof-reading and editorial expertise, both in print and online media.
She is educated to doctorate level and currently holds research fellow and tutorial posts at the University of Edinburgh. Through close friends she has an in depth knowledge of the difficulties experienced by children with autism and has been impressed with the impact that ABA can have on their learning and development.
Shelagh graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a General Arts degree and then trained as a Primary Teacher at Moray House College of Education. After five years in mainstream primary she started working with pupils with additional support needs and has remained in that field for the last twenty five years, acquiring a Certificate in Support for Learning on the way.
Shelagh is currently employed as a Principal Teacher by City of Edinburgh council with a remit of Literacy and Communication, working with pupils with learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Her professional interests include language acquisition, manual signing and children/young people with complex combinations of learning disabilities, ASD and challenging behaviour.