Child Services Team Lead
Emily is a born and raised Caymanian and only the second Caymanian to earn the designation of Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Emily gained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from an American university in 2016. Her love of applied behaviour analysis was discovered in one of her college courses. Post-graduation, Emily gained her Registered Behaviour Technician certification, which allowed her to provide behavioural therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders. After one year of gaining experience, she then went to Pennsylvania, USA, to obtain her Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Drexel University whilst working at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute. This allowed Emily to work in schools, clinics, participate in research, and provide training to other professionals in various settings, including Philadelphia International Airport. Emily then moved to the UK and interned as a behaviour therapist at one of the first ABA clinics in London and provided behavioural therapy to children ages 2-7. Emily returned to The Wellness Centre in 2019, where she worked as a Senior Behaviour Technician before being promoted to the Child Services Team Lead in Spring 2021. In her current role, Emily provides therapist supervision and programme management.
What you love most about the work you do?
I love that I am able to help children learn how to communicate. People with ASD (or related disorders) are often misunderstood and labelled because others struggle to understand why they do certain things. My goal is to help them find a way to express their wants and needs whilst remaining happy and safe.
Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA); PI Level 1; C-SMARRT Level 1