New South Wales – RDI® Program Certified Consultant

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I come from a Special Education background. I have worked as a teacher, lecturer and also as a Tertiary Supervisor, for teachers and special educators in mainstream training and also in autism. Currently, I have been a Tertiary Advisor for first to fourth year undergraduates in the Education degree at UTS since 2006. A large part of my interest is in the development and training of effective teachers.

I began my work with children with Autism in 1998 as an ABA therapist whilst I was at the University of Sydney studying Speech Pathology. This began my endless journey in discovering how to most effectively work with people on the autism spectrum. Since 1998, I have worked with children, teens and adults with ASD, ages ranging from 20 months old to adults. My interest in Autism led me to complete my thesis on social interaction and conversation for children with Autism. I began the RDI journey in 2006 when I commenced training in the RDI program in Houston, Texas and remain a certified consultant providing RDI services to many families.

I am the co-founder of Family Connections Sydney, which is based in Bangor. In addition to seeing clients in Bangor, I make home visits in the South West (Liverpool and Campbelltown) area of Sydney. My growing adventure is currently working via distance with many families through Skype. What I love about what I do is watching families grow and develop as a unit. I help parents understand why behaviour/situations happen and then learn about how we can help our children think, learn and problem solve, in a real world manner.

The services I offer include:

  • RDI program
    • Parent coaching
    • Parent training groups
    • Children’s groups
    • Social skills groups
    • Transition programs
    • Teacher/professional in-service training

I am committed to providing a family-based program that is specific to each family and child. While RDI is the main program I use. I have had significant training in many areas related to ASD:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Schools and Classrooms
    • Positive Behaviour Support
    • PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System
    • Social Stories and Scripting
    • Behaviour management – passive and active behaviours

Qualifications and Memberships:

  • RDI® Program Certified Consultant
  • Bachelor of Education in Special Education (Hons.)
  • President of Autism Connections
  • President of RDI Consultants Australia

Contact details:

Mobile: 0405 924 792

Email: elizabethfponce@gmail.com

Service Area:

  • Sutherland shire
  • South West Sydney
  • Sydney-wide,
  • Australia-wide

Registered Provider for rebates from:

  • FaHCSIA AEI Helping Children with Autism