Meet The Team
Stepping Stones’ consultants and supervisors receive intensive training, and their skills are assessed on a continuing basis to ensure that standards are maintained. Practitioner training is an integral part of our process, as we believe that ongoing training in professional development is investing in the child’s future.
Stepping Stones Behavioural Consultants are continuing with the BCBA accreditation.
Nicola Easton, BSc (Hons) Psychology
Founder, Senior Consultant & Case Manager
Nicola Easton is the Senior Consultant and sole proprietor of Stepping Stones Behavioural Consultants. For the past 10 years Nicola has worked with children across the spectrum as well as children with other Special Educational and Behavioural Needs, such as Fragile X syndrome, Global Developmental delay, Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified, Down syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and anxiety. Nicola has supported families in implementing a successful ABA programme resulting in measurable improvements in skill development and behaviour. She is a specialist in play-based therapy and language development for young children, as well as advanced social-emotional curricula for higher functioning and older learners. She is the Acting Senior Safeguard officer ensuring that legislation and Safeguard policies are implemented and that the Stepping Stones team remain up to date with Safeguard and Child Protection training.
Nicola completed her degree in Psychology with Honours at the University of Reading and is currently undertaking accreditation as a Board Certified Behaviour Analysist with Florida Tech University.
Throughout her ABA career Nicola has worked in multi-disciplinary teams and successfully incorporated Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy goals to ensure her approach provides a comprehensive programme specifically individualised for each child. She works closely with an array of professionals and has supported Educational Psychologists in completing diagnostic assessments. Furthermore, Nicola has been involved in training both Special Educational Needs and mainstream schools supporting behaviour management approaches. In the last three years Nicola has been actively involved with the televised Autism channel and other forthcoming documentaries.
Noelle Hartnett graduated with a degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Following a year of work with abandoned children with disabilities in Nigeria she completed a masters in Childhood Anthropology from Brunel University.
Noelle has worked in the field of behaviour intervention for over seven years. She has been involved in the planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes with a range of children both with ASD and Fragile X syndrome. She has also been involved in a number of successful SEN dispute tribunals.
Noelle has been involved in a number of fundraising events for Fragile X syndrome research at the Patrick Wild Centre at the University of Edinburgh.
Noelle has also started an educational toys company: The Clever Tortoise.
Noelle Hartnett, BSc
Claire Weston, BSc (Hons)
Supervisor and Case Manager
Claire Weston obtained a BTEC ND in Childhood Studies and Nursery Nursing before beginning working in the field of ABA in 2001 while completing her Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology and Health Science. Experience of ABA has been gained on home based ABA programmes working with a variety of providers, supervising since 2005. Since 2012 Claire has been providing independent consultation.
She has gained extensive experience training others in the use of ABA techniques and working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams both in the home and within education settings.
Rachael Woods, BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, PG Cert Postural Management, PG Cert Sensory Integration
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Rachael has over 10 years experience working in healthcare. Graduating from York St John University, she has continued to update and develop her knowledge. She is a highly qualified occupational therapist and is also currently undertaking an MSc in Sensory Integration.
Rachael has experience with both children and adults in a community and private setting. This has given her an extensive understanding and awareness of a wide range of limitations, impairments and abilities. She has a special interest in working with children and young people, particularly those with sensory integration challenges. She is fully involved in the assessment and treatment plan process, and is an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team.
Lyndsey Wilson, BSc (Hons)
Lyndsey is responsible for Stepping Stones administration processes, including managing our invoicing.
After completing her Psychology degree, she gained experience in recruitment and training administration, and later moved into an HR Advisor role.
Lyndsey has a keen eye for detail and ensures all processes run smoothly and on time.