Diane Smith is an Edinburgh-based Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with an MA in Psychology and MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).  She has been working in the field of ABA for 19 years, supporting children and young people with learning and behavioural needs and their families.

Diane has worked with many children aged between 18 months and 19 years who range broadly in terms of their strengths and areas of need.  She has used the principles of ABA to teach children with a range of diagnoses and challenges, including:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Profound hearing impairment
  • Microcephaly
  • Global delay
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hemispherectomy

She has worked in a variety of contexts and settings, including the provision of consultancy for:

  • Early intensive behavioural interventions (EIBI)
  • Full- and part-time home based programmes, including mainstream nursery and school inclusion
  • Specialist education settings (ABA and non-ABA schools)
  • Mainstream education settings, providing whole-school assessments, support with behaviour policy and class-based behaviour management, individualised learning and behaviour plans for pupils, and staff training
  • Community settings

Diane aims high for all the children she works with and strives to help them achieve their full potential. She is passionate about the ways in which ABA can bring about positive change for a great many people in a variety of ways.  She hopes to help raise the profile of ABA and increase access to services in Scotland by disseminating theoretical knowledge and practical skills to students, professionals, organisations and families through lecturing and training, while continuing to work directly with children.