Meet the Team

Chris Vassallo


Chris is a Director with a strong vision for the Hand in Hand family to grow and be of service to society. He is the person who introduced the level of ABA service provision in Malta to what it is today. This came about following his family’s personal experience attending full-time ABA services for their own son in the UK. Chris unites the team and motivates them to continue to develop on what resulted to be an excellent solution to children and youths with Autism and other challenges.

Emily Vassallo

School Director

Emily is responsible for the day-to-day running of Hand in Hand and is committed to the overall development of the high quality therapeutic service delivered at the centre.
She is your first point of contact when learning about our services, the support we can offer your family and she is always ready to listen.

Emily is the friendly face who will welcome you to each session and will guide you through your journey at Hand in Hand .
As a mum of four and an autism mum herself, she supports her son through his ABA journey daily. Therefore, she is the perfect person to listen to and help our clients navigate through their own therapeutic journeys.
As a parent passionate about ensuring that services are available and accessible for children with autism and other needs, Emily will be your voice when it may feel like no one else is listening.

Natasha Attard (MSc, BCBA)

Clinical Director

Natasha is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She gained most of her experience working in a specialised ABA provision in London for children with autism as well as consulted on home-interventions designing behavioural and educational programs both in Malta and the UK. Natasha is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast, researching the effectiveness of Applied Behaviour Analysis for learners with autism in mainstream settings and is registered with the UK Society for Behaviour Analysts.

Kelly Vassallo

Front Office Executive

Kelly is an A- Level student with a personal interest in the field of autism. Having been introduced to the wonders of autism by her little brother, Kelly does her utmost to support her brother's journey and in turn, has delved deep into the world of Hand in Hand. Providing support from an administrative side and giving a helping hand with our little stars whenever is needed and her contribution to the team is invaluable. Kelly hopes to further her studies in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and aspires to join our growing team of specialists.

Chris Flynn (MSc)

ABA Supervisor

Chris believes that behaviour speaks louder than words and always has a function. Chris graduated from National University of Ireland Galway with a Masters of Science in ABA in 2019. Chris has a variety of experience in the application of ABA from adolescents with Autism, people with down syndrome and people with an acquired brain injury. As an ABA Supervisor Chris will ensure good communication is consistently maintained to stakeholders about clients. Chris' main objective is to help clients achieve socially significant changes that will improve their quality of life.

Christiana Portelli

Senior Tutor

Christiana graduated with an MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Queen's University Belfast in 2017. She has been working with children with autism and has a special interest in early intervention and complex behaviour. She has recently been promoted to the clinical team at Hand in Hand were she will support the training of new tutors and continue to work towards her Board Certification credential.

Liam Mc Garr

Senior ABA Tutor

Liam is a Senior ABA Tutor and part of the clinical team responsible for the progress of our young people. He has 5 years of experience in the field of ABA and 10 years in special education, working as an Activities Co-ordinator in the United States, an ABA tutor/Senior ABA Tutor in London and various home interventions. He is committed to improving the quality of life of our learners and their families. He assists in the building and implementing of person centred programs based on our learners needs, while providing guidance and training for ABA Tutors.

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