Our Team & Centre

Meet the Team

We are an excellent team that boasts of decades of experience in Malta. The professionals are passionate about excellence in autism treatment for children with most team members having outstanding academic credentials. The assessment may take place in several locations including our clinic, your home, or a childcare centre. In most cases, the evaluation may involve one or several specialists, depending on your child’s needs.

Jacqueline Abela DeGiovanni CEO Hand in Hand

Jacqueline Abela DeGiovanni
CEO of Hand in Hand
MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (Queen's University Belfast)
Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy (Play Therapy UK)
Diploma in Individual Educational Needs (University of Malta)
MA in Early Childhood Education (University of Sheffield)
Co-founder of Play Therapy Malta

Ana Barkaia Clinical Supervision BCBA

Ana Barkaia
Clinical Supervision BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA
M.A IN Psychologist/ Psychotherapist (Ilia State University -Tbilisi/Georgia)
M.A in Psychological Sciences-Behaviour Analysis (James Madison University United States)
Co-author of the book “How To Manage Child’s Behaviour” .
Co-founder of Georgian Association of Behaviour Analysis (GABA)

Christiana Axiak ABA Tutor

Christiana Axiak
ABA Tutor
MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (Queen's University Belfast)
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology Honors (University of Malta)
Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics (University of Malta)

Francesca Mangion ABA Tutor

Francesca Mangion
ABA Tutor
MSc in Neuropsychology (University of Bristol UK)
Bacehlor’s Degree in Psychology Honors (University of Malta)
ABA Training with Hand in Hand

Rachel Bezzina ABA Tutor

Rachel Bezzina
ABA Tutor
Currently studying MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (Queen's University Belfast)
Bachelor Degree in Psychology Honors (University of Malta)
Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certified by Behaviour Analyst Certification Board)
Currently achieving certification in Supporting early development for children with Down syndrome from birth to 5 years.

Aranxa Garcia ABA Tutor Hand in Hand

Aranxa Garcia
ABA Tutor
Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) 
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology at Florida International University (Miami, USA)
Associate of Science in Psychology at Miami Dade College (Miami, USA)

Cynthia-Cassar-ABA-Tutor

Cynthia Cassar
ABA Tutor
RBT Training (Relias Academy, USA)
Early Childhood Education Diploma (Education Dept. Malta)
Early years teacher (20 years in the private sector)
Business Management for Heads of Child Care Centres (Future Focus/Cambridge University)

Claire Buhagiar ABA Tutor

Claire Buhagiar
ABA Tutor
Diploma in Facilitating Inclusive Education (University of Malta)
ABA Training within Hand in Hand
Learning Support Assistant with children with Special Needs 
Drama Actress

Sharon Montesin ABA Tutor

Sharon Montesin
ABA Tutor
ABA Training with Hand in Hand
Post Graduate Certification in Education (PSCD)
BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies
PSCD Teacher
Learning Support Assistant with Children with Special Needs (9 years)

Casa Apap Bologna

Casa Apap Bologna is new respite home serving persons with disabilities. The beautiful townhouse is strategically situated in the heart of Mosta and opened to the public on Saturday 30th July 2016.

The independent supported living house ensures the abilities of persons with special need develop fully. It has included a spacious back garden, creativity rooms, and sensory rooms to fulfil leisure and life-skills training sessions.

Casa Apap Bologna