Meet the Team

Veronica Dunning, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)

BCBA and Autism Mum

Description

Roni am an autism mum and a bilingual Board Certified Behaviour analyst (English and Portuguese languages). She is also the Senior Behaviour Analyst of Blossom ABA and provides services in the UK and abroad. Roni has taught children, teenagers and adults with different learning needs when she started working as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, in 1997. She started as an ABA Supervisor in 2012, managing her son's own team and setting up programmes in the county where she lives.

Her journey towards becoming a behaviour analyst started when her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), when he was nearly 5 years old. ABA has given her the tools to teach her son effectively, which she had not been able to do before despite her teaching experience. From seeing her son's progress and supporting and training her ABA team, she then expanded her skills and started working with a number of different clients and helping them establish their ABA programmes. Throughout her career, she have also supported families within her capacity as a behaviour analyst when they need to discuss funding with their Local Authority.

Her experience has taught her that the best way to teach a learner is via nurturing their motivation to learn, via expanding their preference for socially mediated play and activities and via investing in their social skills, alongside necessary aspects of teaching language concepts, self-help and other skills. Learning through play, fun activities and with established motivation means a learner will learn faster!

Alongside field practice and ABA therapy, Roni has attended training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness. She has a special interest in Behavioural skills training (staff training), ABA research, teaching, Organisational Behavioural Management (OBM).

Membership of Professional Bodies

Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI)

UK Society for Behaviour Analysis (UK SBA)
Roni is currently a member of the UK SBA Voluntary Register

Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)

Clinical Excellence Network for Speech and Language Therapists with an Interest in ABA
Run by Bethan Williams, Speech and Language Therapist and BCBA

Registered with the Education Workforce Council in Wales
Further education teacher, Work based learning practitioner
School learning support worker and Further education learning support worker


Presentations & Webinars

Parent/Carers & ABA programmes, Promoting Learning to Learn Skills & Bilingualism, Presentation, April 2018, Clinical Excellence Network for Speech and Language Therapists with an Interest in ABA, April 2018*

THE PEAK Curriculum, Youtube presentation. EspacoABAprendiz, April 2018.

Aumentando a precisão de protocolos de treinamento de pedidos usando treinamento de habilidades comportamentais, Webinar, May 2018, Roni's MSc Dissertation (Increasing the accuracy of mand training protocols using behavioural skills training), was presented at the 3rd Online conference by the Jornadas de Analise Aplicada do Comportamento do Brasil group

Events and Conferences

Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group (EABG), London, 2016
Clinical Excellence Network for Speech and Language Therapists with an Interest in ABA Group, April 2018

Publications

Dunning, V. 2017. Using TAGteach to help learners acquire spontaneous imitation, functional play and social skills (Usando TAGteach para ajudar alunos a adquirirem imitação espontânea, habilidades de brincar funcionais e habilidades sociais). Published by TAGteach International, Sep. 2017

Academic Qualifications and Professional Training

Roni has undertaken the following professional training:

2019

Safeguarding training updated

IGLR Level 1 and Advanced Training
15 hour online course with Steve Ward, Whole Child Consulting

PEAK Level 2 Certification Training
By Dr. Megan Miller, PEAK ABA Solutions, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2018

Introduction to the Accept, Identify and Move Curriculum (AIM)
By Dr. Mark Dixon, PEAK ABA Solutions, UK

PEAK Data System Training
By Christina Conner, Paradigm Behavior, Webinar

Talk Tools Level 2- Oral Motor Therapy: Assessment and Programme Plan Development
By Monica Purdy, EG Training Ltd, Appleby Magna, UK

Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment of Problem Behavior Associated with Autism & Intellectual Disabilities, Dr. Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D
UK Society for Behaviour Analysis Speaker Series, London, UK

2017

PEAK Relational Training System - Level 1 Certification Training
PEAK, Bristol

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) at the cutting Edge
Live Webinar, Stephen Hayes
Association for Contextual Behavioural Science

Social thinking
Day 1: Implementing Social thinking concepts and vocabulary: A day to develop team creativity, Dr. Michelle Garcia Winner
Day 2: Master Class 1: Exploring key Social Communication concepts through hands on activities.
Social Thinking, SLT Communication Courses, Beaconsfield, UK

TAGteach, Level one certification, Online course
TAGteach international.
TAGteach, Level 2 certification, 2 day workshop
TAGteach international, Essex, UK

Relias Training- ABA and other online courses
• Conflict management (webinar)
• Direct instruction (DI) for exceptional learners (webinar)
• AAC- Alternative Communication Strategies
• AAC- Augumentative and Alternative Communication for IDD (Individuals with Intellectual Disability)
• Antecedent interventions
• Consequence interventions
• Supervision: specifying staff performance responsibilities
• Conflict management (webinar)
• Direct instruction (DI) for exceptional learners (webinar)

2016

Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis & Therapy
University of South Wales, Wales, UK

Developing positive relationships with people in distress using D.ESCAL8 techniques (Accredited by BILD)
De-escalate, Haverfordwest, UK

Picture Exchange Communication System - PECS Level 1 (Basic) 2 Day Workshop
Pyramid Consultancy, Cardiff, UK

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Clinical Skills Building Intensive - Intermediate Level with Steve Hayes
Contextual Consulting, London, UK

Recent advances in the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviour
Dr. Wayne W. Fisher, PhD, BCBA-D, Bristol, UK (UK SBA Speakers' Series)

Assessment and treatment of paediatric feeding disorders
Dr. Cathleen Piazza, PhD, BCBA-D, Bristol UK, (UK SBA Speakers' Series)

Meaningful social development: teaching games and more
Steve Ward, MA, BCBA, Bristol, UK

2015

Early Denver Start Model - 1 day introductory training
The MIND Institute, Cardiff, UK

Understanding and Implementing Effective Autism Programming from Toddlers to Teens
Dr. Mary Barbera, Bristol, UK

EHCP plans in England, Statement of SEN in Wales, funding and tribunals for ABA specific provision, Haverfordwest, UK
Fiona Slomovick, The advocacy and mediation consultants Ltd.

Feeding difficulties? How to access and increase success in feeding.
Carys Jenkins- Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist, Skybound Therapies, Swansea, UK

Introduction to the foundations required for successful handwriting
Joanne Harries- Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Skybound Therapies, Swansea, UK

Introduction to occupational therapy and developmental disabilities
Joanne Harries - Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Skybound Therapies, Swansea, UK

Prior to 2014

Developing Self Esteem, Social Skills and Relationship Skills
Alex Kelly Ltd, Cardiff, UK (2013)

Talk Tools Level 1 - EG training, London, UK (2013)

Introduction to Research Methods
CRC Cymru (Clinical Research Collaboration), Online Course (2009)

Managing Research Data
Cardiff University (2006)

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
Cambridge University (2001)

Cambridge Examination in English for Language Teachers (CEELT)
Cambridge University (1996)

Bachelours in Arts (Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Literature- Letras)
Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Joao Pessoa, Brazil (1995)