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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- Maternity Leave

Lexie Dryden- Acting Training and Consultancy Coordinator 

Office: (08) 8462 0638

Mobile: 0421 326 710

Fax: 8338 1216

Email: ldryden@autismsa.org.au

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


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.


Louise Williams
Training and Consultancy Presenter
Louise has a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Special Education. She has worked as a Junior Primary Teacher, Special Needs and Special class teacher and has worked as an Autism Consultant for the Autism SA School Inclusion Program for over ten years.


Erica Handley
Training and Consultancy Presenter
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.