Sally M. Way-Tully, M.A., BCBA Executive Director
Sally earned her Master’s Degree in Professional Leadership from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2006. Soon after graduating two of her children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders; one with severe autism and the other with Asperger’s syndrome. Upon discovering that insurance was virtually unavailable, thus preventing access to effective treatment, she returned to Armstrong to pursue certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). While enrolled she completed an internship position under a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) working with Chatham-County Public School System. The majority of her internship experience took place at Jumpstart, a specialized Pre-K program based on ABA methods.
In 2011 Sally became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and was offered a Clinical Director’s position. She opened and directed two clinics serving more than thirty children with a range of disabilities and delays. The children she has worked with over the years have made wonderful improvements and many have transitioned into mainstream public education.
In 2012 Sally completed coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) for her Master’s level certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She and her husband opened ABA Therapy Center in the spring of 2013 where she continues to practice. Her professional interests and areas of expertise include teaching verbal behavior & social skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; she also is in the process of building a non-profit to provide ABA services to families who do not have insurance coverage.
April Butler Behavior Therapist
April Butler has been working and teaching in Georgia public schools since 1992. She earned a Masters in Special Education from Valdosta State University in 1998 and is now completing coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology. As a dedicated teacher of 17 years April has enjoyed working in Special Education and teaching children with a wide range of disabilities.
Currently April is in her 5th year at Jumpstart, a preschool intervention program with Chatham County Public School System. The Jumpstart program serves children with Autism Spectrum Disorder using teaching methods based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) such as; Discrete Trial Teaching and positive reinforcement strategies. April volunteers and also spends summers as a private tutor and care-giver for children with special needs.
Kimberly Behavior Therapist
Kimberly has recently graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University, class of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has focused her studies in the field of Behavior. Her classes have included Learning and Behavior, as well as Basic Behavior Principles and Behavior Change. She has experience working in laboratory settings, based on the principles of reinforcement schedules. Currently, she is continuing her education in Advanced Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Change Techniques.
Through her classes she has developed an interest in animal and human behavior, specifically, she is interested in the functions of behavior and why humans and animals behave the way they do. She also developed an interest Autism Spectrum Disorders and how to apply research based treatment to help patient’s function in everyday life. Kimberly believes in early intervention, making her passion to work with children.