ELITSA NEDELCHEVA, BSc (Sociology), MSc (Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour)

EviElitsa started her experience as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist to children with special needs in 2008.  Since then, Elitsa has been actively involved in the provision of ABA  programmes designed and supervised by competent behaviour analysts.

Over the years, Elitsa has had the invaluable opportunity to work with a number of unique boys and girls (4-12 years old) with a variety of  behaviour excesses and deficits, unique learning styles, and specific needs and personal strengths.  Under the ongoing supervision of senior professionals, Elitsa has been able to consistently implement diverse teaching and behaviour management strategies derived from the principles of behaviour. 

Elitsa's professional experience in the field of ABA includes teaching a wide range of skills to children with special needs who display challenging behaviours.  Such skills include but are not limited to: communication, social, emotional, motor, sensory, academic, auditory, self-help skills in highly-structured one-to-one sessions at home as well as in school environments.   Elitsa has also had the opportunity to cooperate and work closely with qualified professionals from diverse professional fields who have been involved in the individual therapies: ABA supervisors and consulting behaviour analysts, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, SENCOs, teachers, psychologists, fellow ABA therapists.  All inter-professional contacts that Elitsa has had over the years have helped her develop her own, personal style of teaching and communication with each child.

While working as a junior ABA therapist, Elitsa attended training courses held by PEACH on School Shadowing, Behaviour Management and Reinforcement and Increasing Motivation.  In 2014, Elitsa completed her Masters Degree in Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour at Cardiff University.  She wrote her Masters dissertation research project on training and generalisation of self-help skills in autistic children.  Currently, Elitsa supervises BES home and school based ABA programmes and works closely with parents, teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals.

Elitsa has a particular interest in identifying the effects of different combinations of proactive and  reactive behaviour  management  strategies on children who display challenging behaviours.  She also has an interest in exploring various effective techniques for teaching self-help skills to children with special needs.