I have been working in the field of Behaviour Analysis for over 10 years. My undergraduate degree was in Fine arts/Psychology from Liverpool Hope University but I wanted some knowledge and experience within education, so I started studying for a diploma in childcare (0-19 years) at Liverpool Community College. I started volunteering on an after-school ABA programme whilst studying, working with an endearing little boy who had a diagnosis of autism. The gradual but significant changes in his behaviour and communication, plus the improvement in his daily living were astonishing to me. I knew then that I wanted to continue helping others this way and I will always be thankful to him and his family for helping me discover my passion in this career. Whilst I continued working with this little boy, I took as many courses as possible to gain any knowledge I could in the science of behaviour analysis. I managed to become an ABA tutor on many other after-school ABA programmes, as well as being employed as a 1:1 teaching assistant in an independent school with great twin boys, who both had a diagnosis of autism.
I started studying for a Masters degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Bangor University and began to gain hours towards my BCBA certification whilst studying. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work with a variety of Board Certified Behaviour Analysts in a number of settings, including home, nurseries and schools, independent, mainstream and specialist settings, working with pupils ranging between the ages of 2-14 years old. In 2020 I gained my certification to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and had an amazing opportunity to be part of the initial team in the set-up of an independent, Autism-specific, specialist residential school in Chester, working with pupils aged 4-19 years old. I had the pleasure of welcoming the very first pupil to the school and seeing the school grow almost to capacity, at 70 wonderful students.
I am incredibly excited to begin the next chapter of my ABA journey with Skybound and look forward to the opportunities and future experiences with the team and the people we support.
Behavioural science is something that I am passionate about and I love to see the skills that I have taught being used to improve the quality of life for not only the students, but for their close ones as well.