Clinical Team

Andy Bondy, PhD

Andy Bondy is president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants. Dr. Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behaviour analysis. He directed a statewide public school system for students with autism for fourteen years. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual. He also wrote the Pyramid Approach to Education, a training manual that offers an integrated orientation to developing effective educational environments blending applied behaviour analysis with functional activities and creative communication strategies. Dr. Bondy received his MA and Ph.D. from the UNC Greensboro, and completed his clinical internship in 1976 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bondy has presented numerous papers, lectures and workshops in regional, national and international conferences and conventions on behaviour analysis, PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. He has remained active in research and writing, and continues to develop new and innovative methods of helping children with autism and related developmental disorders.

Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP

Lori Frost is vice-president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants. She is co-author of The PECS Training Manual. She has been the driving force behind creating PECS, a unique system that allows children with limited communication abilities to initiate communication with teachers, parents, and peers. Ms. Frost has a wealth of background in functional communication training and applied behaviour analysis. She has assisted in the development of a number of training packages designed to teach language and academic skills. Ms. Frost received her BA in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Arkansas, and MS in speech and language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982. She has worked in many public and private school settings as a speech pathologist. As a Pyramid consultant, Ms. Frost has traveled across the country and the world, teaching workshops on PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. She has presented a number of papers and lectures on autism and communication, co-authored several articles and chapters, and is respected by professionals in her field as a leader in functional communication systems.

Louise Maggs BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

Louise Maggs is Pyramid UK’s Clinical Director. Louise is qualified from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2009 as a Speech and Language Therapist. Her background is in the provision of therapy within mainstream and special schools.

When working as the sole Speech and Language Therapist in a specialist residential Autism school, Louise was able to implement PECS and the Pyramid Approach across the 24 hour curriculum. She has worked extensively with parents, teachers and care staff to support the development, and functional use of PECS for students with a range of age and ability. Louise has also undertaken further training in TEACCH, managing incidents and challenging behaviour and developing social communication skills. Louise joined Pyramid in 2013 and is especially interested in the use of technology to support communication and independence skills.

Andrew Yates, BSc (Comb Hons) Psychology/Sociology, PGCE, Q

Since qualifying in 1996, at Plymouth University, with a degree in psychology, Andy initially spent three years working as a Residential Social Worker. During this time he worked in a variety of settings, ranging from working with adults with mental health issues, adults with severe learning difficulties and teenagers with Aspergers Syndrome, supporting a wide range of individual needs across a 24 hr curriculum, focusing largely on developing and implementing independence skills programs.

In 2001 Andy graduated from Bath Spa University with a PGCE and spent four years working in mainstream primary schools in Bournemouth. As a KS1 teacher Andy gained invaluable experience of implementing , assessing and reviewing the national curriculum strategies and targets, alongside developing classroom management skills.

In 2005 Andy specialised in working in Special Educational Needs schools. Since then has worked with children across all key stages with a wide array of complex needs, including, PMLD, MLD, Emotional Behavioural Difficulties, and ASD. During his time working at a setting for pupils with EBD Andy became very experienced with managing challenging behaviour and has a particular interest in developing individual and classroom management techniques. Andy has undertaken further training in the implementation of Team Teach, SCIPP, and TCI crisis management techniques.

Whilst working within Autism specific schools, Andy has used PECS as an integral part of teaching functional communication skills. Andy joined Pyramid in 2013 and is especially interested in promoting effective teaching practises whilst working with challenging behaviour, employing PECS as a means of developing communication skills.

Hannah Stewart BSc (Hons) Autism Studies

Hannah Stewart gained a BSc (Hons) in Autism Studies in 2016. During the final year of her degree, Hannah studied Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which underpins the Pyramid Approach to Education and PECS. Prior to this, Hannah’s background had been in Early Years. Hannah had spent 10 years working for a Specialist Teaching Team within a Local Education Authority. In this role, Hannah had a caseload of students that would be supported up to 3 times a week, in the home and educational settings – including both mainstream and specialist provisions. Hannah has experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team and was actively involved in the Education Health Care (EHC) Plan Assessments.

Hannah has extensive experience of implementing PECS with children with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), while offering support and advice to parents and professionals, regarding development and challenging behaviour. Hannah joined Pyramid in 2016 and is especially interested in the early implementation of PECS and the advanced use of PECS.

Erin Moran, M.Ed., BCBA

Erin completed a BA double majoring in Psychology and International Studies in 2012 and later a Masters of Education in 2015. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has worked in home, school and clinic settings around the world. Erin has used PECS in a variety of settings with children as young as 18 months and up to 23 years old. She organised a parent-training program in Kazakhstan that centred around PECS and was able to present this research at a national conference. In addition to being a PECS consultant, Erin is currently completing her PhD at UCL's Institute of Education. Erin joined Pyramid in 2017 and is especially interested in parent/staff training and integrating the Pyramid Approach to Education into classroom settings.

Sue Baker C. Psychol.

Sue Baker MBE 1947 - 2013

Sue was the Director of Pyramid Educational Consultants UK. At the end of September 2009, Sue retired. She worked as an educational psychologist in the UK for over 20 years, has extensive experience of implementing programmes based on applied behaviour analysis and has worked with many children, parents and professionals to set up and extend PECS programmes in home and school settings. Following her organisation of the first National PECS Conference in the UK in 1998, Sue established the UK base for Pyramid Educational Consultants.

Sadly Sue passed away on 9th July 2013, she had been unwell for quite some time. Sue was an inspirational woman, without whom PECS UK would not be what it is today. Sue gave a voice to thousands of individuals and touched many, many lives. We will all miss her as a work colleague and friend.

All presentations provided by Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. will focus exclusively on PECS (The Picture Exchange Communication System) and or The Pyramid Approach to Education.