I have over 10 years experience working with young people with learning difficulties, and began tutoring on home-based ABA programmes after graduating from my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2009. Two years later I became a lead tutor, and I began supervising therapy programmes 2 years after that. I have experience supporting learners of a wide range of abilities between 15-months to 25-years of age, and in a variety of settings including home based programmes, an ABA Saturday school, mainstream schools, and special needs schools. I completed my Masters degree in ABA at Bangor University in 2017, and am working towards professional certification in behaviour analysis.
I feel passionate about making effective teaching and behaviour support affordable and accessible to many families who are not otherwise able to access effective therapy or teaching for their child.
"Through Open Avenues Emily has helped my son in various aspects ie build his functional skills, activity lists, choice boards, able to recognise and manage his emotions.
Emily is extremely organised, efficient, caring and very competent supervisor. Highly recommend her".
"Emily has been working with us for over 18mths and she is fabulous, she keeps my son’s program in order and stays on top of any issues that may arise, she also trains up my less experienced tutors at preschool and home and does this in a very professional manor without causing any disruption to the setting.
Emily is so enthusiastic about ABA, and the new and exciting techniques that may help our children, she keeps herself up to date with the latest advances and clearly enjoys her job and helping our children reach there potential. She spends a lot of time making resources or looking into alternatives if something isn’t working for my son.
She also has a lot of experience working alongside and carrying out the recommendations of OT and SLT’s which is invaluable for most parents.
I’d happily recommend her to anyone for supervising or training parents and tutors, and she is also great at working with my son and being his lead tutor."
I worked as a manager of a childcare nursery for 9 years until 2005 when I was approached by a parent to work as an ABA tutor for their child with Autism. Prior to this, I also worked with adults with learning difficulties in a residential care setting. I attended the initial two day ABA workshop, began working as an ABA tutor, and once I saw the incredible progress and potential for children and young adults through ABA teaching methods, I never looked back.
Since then, I have worked with a number of case managers; I’ve also worked alongside a number of experienced tutors and have trained many more. My hands-on approach has been appreciated by the families I work with, and 12-years on, I am still working with my first ever ABA client to support her into adulthood. I have been supervising home-based ABA programmes since 2015.
I feel passionate about being heavily involved in the programmes that I oversee, and about including parents, siblings, and other family members as much as possible in the teaching process.
As well as my years of experience, I have attended a number of teaching courses including: