Elaine Kakambouras is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and special educator of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays with experience in designing and implementing academic, behavioral, and social skills curriculum in accordance with Individual Education Plans.
Elaine has worked with students with special needs since 2001 in public school systems in the United States and in private settings providing home-based services to students, and consultations and training to parents and family members. She provides direct instruction, discrete trial teaching, intensive teaching, and natural environment teaching based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior. She conducts data collection and analysis, develops and implements behavior support plans.
Elaine collaborates with teachers of integrated classrooms to develop support plans for students, and trains and supervises teacher assistants in a substantially separate classroom and general education setting. She is currently employed as the lead teacher of the Specialized Preschool for Winchester Public Schools where she teaches students on the Autism Spectrum utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior.
Elaine's educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology, Master of Arts in Public Management, Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, Master of Education, and CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies) in Autism. She holds Massachusetts teaching certifications in Moderate Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. She is licensed as an Applied Behavior Analyst by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Elaine's goal is to provide children and their families with Autism and other developmental delays with the tools, instruction, and motivation necessary to lead independent and fruitful lives, to become valued members of the community, and to share their abilities and dreams with their families and friends. She strives to directly teach her students the skills necessary to decrease socially significant behaviors, and to increase and generalize social and academic skills, thereby improving the quality of their individual lives as well the quality of the lives of their family members.