Advancements ABA was founded by Sheila Sekasi, a board certified behaviour analyst. Sheila has worked in the field of behaviour analysis since 2008, initially as an ABA therapist on home and school based ABA/VB programmes whilst studying for her BSc in Psychology at Greenwich University.
She later went on to work in an ABA school before returning to work on home and school based ABA programmes, soon after Sheila begun working as a supervisor for a number of reputable BCBAs and then begun studying for her MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Kent University (Tizard Centre). After completing her MSc and achieving board certification she commenced with her career as an ABA consultant across the UK.
During her time working in the field, Sheila has worked with children between the ages of 2 years and 16 years old with varying diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger’s Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and Global Developmental Delay.
Advancements ABA prides itself in its provision of high standard, individualised programmes designed to increase socially significant behaviours and reduce challenging behaviours, delivered using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Progress of the learner is always the most important aspect of our programmes, this is ensured by continuously monitoring both the running of the programme, the data collected and the team delivering the programmes. Targets are moved on as they are acquired and any targets that are not being acquired at an optimal rate are addressed immediately, similarly with challenging behaviours not decreasing at an optimal rate.
Training is also provided to any individuals working with or caring for populations with developmental disabilities. This includes families and carers requiring assistance with decreasing challenging behaviour and replacing them with appropriate, functionally equivalent behaviours.
At Advancements ABA we recognise the importance of working collaboratively with other professionals involved in the learners life and believe this is essential in acquiring the best outcome for the learner, this may be Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCo) and Local Education Authorities.