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Meet the Training and Consultancy Team

For all your training and consultancy needs, and for information on any of the workshops provided by Autism SA, please contact the Training and Consultancy Coordinator.

Kate Exner - Training & Consultancy Coordinator

Office: (08) 8462 0638

Mobile: 0438 390 987

Fax: 8338 1216


Niki Welz
Training, Consultancy and Research Manager
Niki is a qualified Special Education Teacher with a dual degree in Philosophy from Flinders University. She has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum across the ages for the past ten years in a range of roles at Autism SA. She has been a part of the iMsocial Project, the Dandelion Project and is currently the Chair for the Professional Practice Committee.

Zoran Bekric
Zoran Bekric performs a number of roles at Autism SA, including administrative Assistant, co-facilitator of the Adult Social autism workshop, workshop. He came to Autism SA after a varied career in which he managed a bookshop, served as a technical officer, contributed to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, worked as a Stock Controller at Oxfam Australia, and was a production assistant in television. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2007, which led to him learning as much as he could about autism, the history of the diagnosis, and its impact on people. He now imparts this knowledge to others through his role at Autism SA.

Louise Williams

Louise is a qualified Special Education Teacher and has worked at Autism SA as a Consultant since 2007.  She has worked in a range of Autism SA roles and has provided support for students of all ages with complex needs.  She has been involved in the development of The Peer Awareness package and iMsocial  program.   

Erica Handley
Erica has a Bachelor of Special Education and has worked at Autism SA since 2003. She has extensive experience working with both DECD and Catholic Education developing intervention programs to successfully support students with complex needs. She has presented research at the 2012 Australian Pacific Autism Conference (APAC), Interstate and State Conferences, and was a member of the Australian Autism Education and Training Consortium's Positive Partnerships Team.

The Training, Consultancy and Research team also utilise a range of experienced professionals from across the organisation including Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapists and Behaviour Coaches to present workshops.

Lexie Dryden 
Lexie has close to twenty years working in the autism sector, and thirty+ years working in the disability sector. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience with others to increase their understanding of autism and to use strategies to support individuals reach their full potential. She has significant experience in developing and implementing a range of state and national based training programs.