I interviewed all other UK providers and found the quality of response and genuine care and interest in my children from UK YAP far surpassed all others. Clearly the interests and progress of the child come above commercial interests/issues for UK YAP. We receive a caring, human service with very high standards - a parent.

About Us

We are committed to helping children with autism and/or related developmental delays reach their full potential through providing research-based treatment.

We work to enhance intellectual, academic, social, and emotional skills to enable children to participate in educational and social opportunities within their communities, and to require less professional attention as they reach adulthood.

UK Young Autism Project is a division of UK Behaviour Analysis and Research Group CIC. (Community Interest Company) It is a research based centre specialising in teaching young children with autism, other pervasive developmental disorders and related developmental disorders, using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

UK Young Autism Project was originally established as a replication site as part of UCLA multi-site Young Autism Project. The multi-site was designed to evaluate early intensive behavioural intervention (EIBI) for children with autism. UK Young Autism Project has conducted research into the effectiveness of the intervention. Please see the Research page for further information.

Our Staff

Professor Svein Eikeseth PhD – Clinical and Research Director
Professor Eikeseth directs two replication sites in Europe. He gained his PhD in 1991, in developmental and child psychology, at the University of Kansas. Later experience was acquired as a post-doctoral fellow at the UCLA Young Autism Project, under the supervision of Dr Lovaas. On returning to Norway he received clinical training at the University of Oslo and is a certified clinical psychologist. He has published research on autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis internationally, in peer reviewed journals. He is also a professor at Akerhus College in Norway.

Diane Hayward BSc – Director London
Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, as well as being certified by the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) and holding the NNEB Diploma in Post Qualifying Studies (DPQS). Experience of using the techniques of Applied Behaviour Analysis includes a site director’s internship at UCLA, under the supervision of Dr Lovaas, as well as directing the UK based replication site, together with Professor Eikeseth. Diane has completed the majority of modules of a Master of Science degree  in Behaviour Analysis.

Catherine Gale MSc BCBA – Director Birmingham
Catherine has broad experience in ABA which includes extensive consultant’s training, experience, research, teaching and management on the UCLA Multi-Site Young Autism Project at the UK replication site. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Therapeutics, and a Master of Science Degree in Behaviour Analysis. Catherine is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Programme Consultants
Our programme consultants are based in and around London, Birmingham, and Bristol. All our consultants have Bachelors or Masters degrees in a related field, such as psychology or education. Several consultants have Master's degrees in Applied Behaviour Analysis and are Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA).

All of our consultants have extensive hands on experience with many children with autism undertaking ABA programmes. Consultants also undertake a series of classes and reviews over several years to reach this level.