A registered Rehabilitation Practitioner, Simmi is an experienced ABA provider who has been serving the
differently abled for more than twenty years. She was the gold medalist in her Bachelor’s degree in Mental
Retardation program. She completed her Master’s degree in Psychology and Master of Philosophy in Medical and
Psychiatric Social Work (MPhil.). She is a certified ABA therapist. She has worked with differently abled individuals
and their families in various capacities and settings in India, USA, and Canada. She has served as a Special Educator,
a Special School Principal, a Habilitation Specialist, a Program Coordinator, an Intensive Behaviour Interventionist,
a Supervising Therapist, and as a Behaviour Consultant. Simmi was the first recipient of the Reeta Peshawaria-
Menon fellowship award. She has authored a parent training manual for parents of individuals on the autism
Dr. Menon is a Clinical Psychologist by training. He was active in the fields of Mental Health, Disability Rehabilitation, and Intellectual Disability. His professional career began in 1971 until he sought retirement in 2011. During 2000-2011 he was Principal Clinical Psychologist, Community Health Team, Specialist Learning Disability Psychological Service, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK. For approximately 16 years from 1984 up to 2000, Dr. Menon was Director of the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Manovikas Nagar, Secunderabad-500 009, Andhra Pradesh. He was Senior Research Officer, Division of Non-Communicable Diseases, Indian Council for Medical Research, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, from 1981 to 1984. His areas of interest have been Applied Behaviour Analysis in Challenging Behaviours, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Anger, Anxiety and Depression; Dialectic Behaviour Therapy for persons with Personality Disorders; Aging and Dementia in Down’s Syndrome, Assessment for Capacity to give Consent, Rights and Equal Opportunities for persons with Intellectual Disability; Individual and Group training on Friendship and Relationship for Persons with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. His hobbies are hiking, trekking, cycling, and reading.
Kiran Pothula, an Elementary School Teacher, experienced in teaching all levels from Early Years to High School, has been practicing delivering an integrated program for students with special needs.
She has a Masters Degree in Science as well as a Masters Degree in Education. She is also a certified ABA therapist and has been practicing ABA, in an integrated model with daily school life .
Kiran has planned behaviour programs for her students and has worked with transitioning the Early Years students into school. She has conducted several sessions for Parents and also has run many
Parent/Child sessions to help them be aware of the many strategies
that help children with behaviour and also transitioning.
Kiran strongly believes that as much as individual therapy is important,
integration is equally important.
She engages in ongoing Professional
Development to update herself.
Kiran is exploring and experimenting the different
models of integration, with the support of professionals, parents and her colleagues.