Julia Underwood

Type of therapist: Behavioural Support

Location: Kent


Parent/Child relationships


  • Board Certified Behaviour Analyst BACB (2012)
  • MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis Bangor University (2012)
  • Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst BACB University of North Texas (2010)
  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences with Psychology Nottingham Trent University (2000)


  • Having worked as a Behaviour Analyst within an independent school for Autistic Children, I have extensive experience in devising and managing ABA and VB programmes to primary and secondary aged children with a range of needs. I am able to create individualised, flexible programmes that are adapted to the needs of the learner. With an emphasis on positive intervention strategies and functional communication training, my programmes provide the learner with a fun, stimulating environment in which to learn.
  • I adhere to the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board Code of Ethics and continually seek to enhance my skills and knowledge base through attending conferences and workshops as part of my continuing education. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and I have a clean driving licence.
  • • Conducting Functional Behaviour Assessments and producing Behaviour Management Plans
  • • Designing comprehensive individualised programmes
  • • Able to develop and manage the implementation of a bespoke ABA and VB training package
  • • Able to deliver training to therapists, colleagues and external agencies on the theory and practice of ABA
  • • Able to deliver ongoing training and development to therapists in order to ensure the treatment fidelity of specific programmes
  • • Performance management
  • • Conducting VB-MAPP Assessments and preparing professional reports in preparation for Tribunals
  • ABA/VB Consultant June 2014 – December 2014/2017-Present (this period includes Maternity Leave)
  • Developed and managed the programmes of children with varied needs, e.g. verbal and non-verbal, school-based and home-based or a mixture of the two. Devised and managed behavioural interventions. Provided training and feedback to therapists and family members. Prepared Annual Review and Tribunal reports, and attended Tribunals.
  • Senior VB Supervisor and Training Coordinator, Rainbow School for Children with Autism (part of Beyond Autism)
  • January 2006 – June 2014
  • Managed the ABA Supervisors’ and Class Leaders’ of two classes of secondary aged children. Ultimate responsibility for the pupils’ Individual Education Plans, behaviour management and progress. Developed and managed the programmes of pupils’ with complex needs. Developed, managed and supervised training and performance management across the Primary and Secondary School; delivered one to one and group training for therapists, senior colleagues and external agencies. Conducted VB-MAPP Assessments and produced Tribunal reports, for external prospective pupils; attended Tribunals.
  • ABA Supervisor
  • Conducted VB-MAPP, ABLLS and B-Squared assessments twice yearly; devised, monitored and oversaw delivery of VB, Maths, English, PHSE, ASDAN, and Group programme targets. Conducted Functional Assessments; devised Behaviour Management Plans; monitored and evaluated ongoing data including in graph format; devised and managed home programmes; produced annual progress reports and attended Annual Reviews. Delivered one to one and group training for therapists; managed the programmes of primary and secondary aged pupils; managed the programmes of early learners, high functioning pupils, and pupils who communicate using PECs and Makaton or BSL; facilitated school transition and inclusion.
  • Class Leader and Trainee ABA Supervisor
  • Managed a class of five tutors and pupils; managed the implementation of IEP targets and behaviour management plans; adapted teaching strategies when required; managed the performance of tutors via regular observations, practical and theory training and feedback. Delivered VB, Maths, English, Group and Social Skills sessions. Produced termly and annual progress reports and B-Squared assessments; attended parents evenings and Annual Reviews; made home visits; managed class visits within the community; parent liaison. Trainee ABA Supervisor responsibilities as above.
  • ABA Tutor
  • Delivered VB, Maths, English and Social Skills sessions. Implemented IEP targets and managed data collection. Planned, delivered and evaluated group sessions. Delivered basic ABA training to peers. Managed the class in class leader’s absence.
  • Volunteer Telephone Advisor, Education Advice Line, National Autistic Society
  • May 2006 – October 2007
  • Provided telephone support to parents who needed advice on any part of the statementing process.

Interesting / fun facts

  • I like baking and I have two young children, a boy and a girl who love helping me eat the cakes I bake...
  • I like ceramics and am trying to make my own - it's harder than it looks!
  • I love travelling and lived in Japan for 3 years.... I love Japanese food, karaoke and cherry blossom.
  • I like swimming, yoga and walks in the countryside.

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