Karla Pretorius

Director & Co-founder

Karla is one of the two directors of AIMS Global and co-developer of AIMS support system. She started working in the field of autism and related disorders in 2002 and has played an instrumental role on an international level in advocating for autism (and all neurodiverse conditions) awareness, acceptance, and understanding.

Karla is a researcher in the field of psychology, specializing in autism. She received a double Honours degree in the US and South Africa as well as completed her Masters degree in Psychology through the University of Stellenbosch as a Research Psychologist.

Karla, together with her colleague, Nanette has presented in many countries, such as Denmark, South Africa, Indonesia, and Singapore. They have collaborated with autism advocates and adults on the spectrum by providing a holistic support system that evolves as our understanding of autism evolves.

She is a major role player in the specific needs revolution. Karla currently resides in Portugal but travels all over the world (when permitted) to work with clients. Her passion for neurodiversity drives her to continue learning from her amazing clients, their parents, adults on the spectrum and professionals in the field.

She is well known and loved in the autism and special needs community as her passion for her work is evident in her determination of working with people in the field to better equip neurodivergent individuals in every way.

Nanette Botha

Director & Co-founder

Nanette is one of the two directors of AIMS Global as well as the co-developer of AIMS support system. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and graduated with Cum Laude.

Nanette has always had a passion for seeing children learn and grow. She started working with children diagnosed with autism and related disorders in 2004.

Together with Karla, she developed the AIMS Support System and plays an integral part in supporting families through AIMS Global and AIMS Online. Teaching children functional skills is something she feels very strongly about.

Having three kids herself, Nanette enjoys being creative in her approach and will make it her quest to teach children concepts through their interests. Her clients, the parents who work with her and all her colleagues, love her as she radiates positivity and a solution to any potential challenge.

Nanette is the face of AIMS Global where she presents hundreds of courses to equip parents in supporting their child at home and various environments. 

Regine dela Cruz

HR Manager & Training

Regine leads the AIMS training for therapists, parents, nannies and au pairs and also works as the company’s HR Manager. Prior to pursuing a career in the autism field, Regine worked as a registered nurse. Since 2015, Regine has devoted her time working with families and children on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities.

Her personal philosophy is to provide a safe and caring environment for every child with ASD which AIMS Global and AIMS Online uphold. Teaching concepts in a safe and positive environment transforms a child to become confident and productive members of the society.

In addition to working individually with clients, Regine is also passionate about raising awareness and advocating for individuals with ASD.