Our Team

 

Paul Harris

Director & Behavioural Consultant

Paul has worked extensively in the disability field for 20 years. His interest has always centered on providing effective support services to individuals with a disability and their families in a manner that enhances each person's independence, social inclusion and ability to make informed decisions.

Paul's early experience was a diverse mix of direct care and program design for adults with high to complex support needs. For the past 15 years, Paul has focused his energies on the provision of behaviour-based early intervention for children with autism and related disabilities using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). He has provided consultancy services both locally and internationally including the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and USA.

In 2008 Paul founded Momentum Learning Services in an effort to provide affordable, behaviour-based intervention to families where a traditional 30-40 hour a week ABA program was not possible in the hope that a greater number of children could experience the benefits of intervention.

Paul is also a well respected speaker who has presented at conferences at a local, national and international level to promote awareness of effective behavioural interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders. Paul also donates time to Autism Awareness to speak to remote and rural families through its awareness raising workshops.

 

Alayna

Ph.D., BCBA-D

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst - Doctoral 

Dr. Alayna Haberlin joined the MLS team in April 2013. She originated from the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Sydney in 2010. Dr. Haberlin earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno, M.A. in Psychology at the University of the Pacific and topped off her educational career with a Ph.D. in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Special Education at The Ohio State University. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst at the Doctoral level and credential special education teacher. She has been working in the field of applied behaviour analysis for over 13 years and has worked with individuals with disabilities from early childhood up to adulthood using ABA based procedures. Dr. Haberlin is experienced in staff and parent training, functional behaviour assessments, consulting with schools, and behaviour change procedures. Dr. Haberlin has collaborated on research projects presented at national and international conferences and published research the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

 

Silvia 

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)

Silvia completed her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Clinical Psychology & Neuro-psychology with Honors in Italy. After a period of apprenticeship in a private practice  where she had taken her first steps into ABA as an observer and data taker she decided to continue her study in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology.

She has worked for three years in various early intervention agencies in Italy as a Senior ABA therapist working under supervision of Khaty Costumati CLM - Italy, Diane Lynch Fraser BCBA-D and Vicci Tucci BCBA; her duties included providing 1:1 therapy in the home, school and clinical settings, training junior therapists and teachers and supporting children’s families to implement recommended interventions.

Having completed the basic and advanced courses in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Tech; she is currently working toward her Board Certification as Behavior Analyst. She recently moved to Sydney to further her academic and practical experience.

 

Claire

 Behavioural Consultant

Claire has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Psychology and Irish , and a Masters of Arts (Applied Behaviour Analysis), obtaining a second class honours degree. Claire has an extensive 7 years experience within the disability field. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults across the spectrum of disability and mental health, in areas including employment, supported living, schools and home-based programs. 

In 2011, Claire moved to Sydney and began working as an independent junior therapist through various ABA agencies and joined MLS in 2014 as a Behavioural Consultant. Trainee. Claire is  also preparing to sit the BCBA exam in upcoming months.

 

 

   

 



 

Merryll-Anne

Team Leader

Merryll-Anne completed a bachelors degree at the University of New South Wales in 2013, majoring in Psychology and Linguistics. She pursued work in ABA at the beginning of 2011 due to a strong interest in developmental psychology and language acquisition. Merryll-Anne has worked with a variety of children on the spectrum including those with additional physical needs including Cerebral Palsy. She has extensive experience as a shadow in both preschool and primary school settings, as well as 1:1 therapy in the home.  

 In 2014 Merryll-Anne will be studying a Masters degree in Special Education at Macquarie University in pursuit of qualification as a BCBA. 

 

 

Kathy

Team Leader

Kathy started working as an independent junior therapist during university, being drawn to the appeal of actually applying the Psychology major she was studying. Her experience includes 1:1 therapy, as well as preschool and primary school shadowing. She joined the MLS team as an ABA Tutor in 2014.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, and plans to further her career in the field of ABA by pursuing a BCaBA credential.

 

 

Thilini

Tutor

Thilini joined MLS as an ABA tutor in 2015 after the completion of her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales. She majored in Psychology and Neuroscience and has since, developed an interest for ABA. Whilst completing her degree she was interested in child psychology which led her to volunteer and help children with special needs. She has previously worked as an independent junior therapist providing 1:1 therapy to children in home settings.  She hopes to pursue a career in child psychology and will be completing a masters degree in child psychology and special education in the future.

Jacqii

Office Administrator

Jacqii joined the MLS team in November 2012 as a part time administrator looking after accounts, scheduling and inquiries.  She has been working within the ABA field for over 5 years in both administrative and therapy based roles and absolutely loves working with a company that makes a genuine, positive impact on people’s lives. Jacqii is a mother of three girls and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) via correspondence.  She can be reached via our office number or email Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm.
 


 

 


 

 
 
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