The ELE director, Branwen Collier is both a certified special education teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked in early intervention and classroom settings with children ages 0-11. After beginning her career in general education she found herself drawn to working with young children with autism and came to Applied Behavior Analysis as the most effective way to bring about meaningful change with this population.
Our behavior technicians at ELE are early childhood educators with additional training in applied behavioral analysis. A strong interest in developmentally appropriate practice and an understanding of early childhood development are prerequisite requirements for our behavior technicians. In addition, they receive training in behavior analytic strategies to facilitate learning and positive behavior supports. Staff are supervised regularly and engage in continual professional development.
Our early childhood teachers and teachers assistants receive cross-training so that they understand how to facilitate learning in typically developing children and children with special needs. They have additional training in positive behavior supports to minimize behavioral issues in the classroom and maximize opportunities for learning and building positive relationships.