Director, Educational and Behavior Analyst – Sarah Ashe – M.Ed, BCBA – Supervises all programs, writes grants, collaborates with providers, works with families and staff to make individualized plans, as well as works directly with many of children, particularly those with autism or related disorders. After leaving the school system in 2005 to establish the Center, she then returned to the school system 2007 to able us to bring on more staff to meet our clients needs. She is currently teaching moderately and severely disabled children in the school system in addition to her responsibilities as director.
Mrs. Ashe is a certified teacher, who holds a Master in Administration, Certificates of Endorsements for Preschool Children with Special Needs, Judevine Autism Program Training, as well as, many other trainings in the field of autism and is a Skilled Credentialed Early Interventionist. Mrs. Ashe is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The summer of 2008 she and a family from the Center received training from the Carbone Clinic in New York to better equip the Center in providing research based verbal applied behavior techniques with our clients.
In 2007 she was given the Healthy Hero Award, from the Amerigroup Foundation, a Medicaid provider group, for her commitment to the health, education and welfare of the community. In November 2008, the Georgia Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics presented Mrs. Ashe with the Friend of Children Award, for her dedication to children with special needs and their families.
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor – Faith Edmondson brings a strong background working with children and youth, particularly in the area of children within the autism spectrum. For the last several years she has worked under Augusta psychologist, Dr. Kevin Turner, providing assessments and facilitating Social Skill Groups. She has helped our Center reach a higher level of service towards meeting families’ needs, sharing our dream of providing to families support and resources they need to help their children succeed. She provides individual, small group social skills sessions and family counseling. She has recently begun going into the local public and private schools providing individual counseling, helping to build bridges for communication of home, Center and school. In addition she is assisting a local elementary once a week to establish their own weekly in-school social group for children having behavioral difficulties in school.
Lead Instructor/Tutor (In-home and Center-based) – Janice Dyson has worked with Mrs. Ashe for over 20 years, both in the special educational classroom as a paraprofessional and as a special instructor with the Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention Program. Currently she works at the CFNB as our center-based services instructor. Over the years, she has been committed to staying informed in a variety of educational areas to broaden her knowledge base. She has attended many trainings in the areas of autism, behavior management, disabilities, as well as, courses related to working with parents of special needs children. This includes extensive training in providing in-home services for autistic children through the Judevine ABA Program (Applied Behavior Analysis). Mrs. Dyson traveled to New York this last summer, with our director and one of our families for intensive training on providing Verbal Applied Behavior. In addition to providing direction for our weekly special needs play groups, she is in charge of our three day weekly home school group for children with autism, providing academic and behavioral supports for families.
Shadows, Autism and After School Academic Tutors & Assistants– Currently we have a team of twelve part-time tutors and shadows. Many of those serving as academic tutors are certified teachers. We look to match our clients’ with specific support personnel based on their individual needs. We activity seek to have high school and college students involved to train them in the programs we implement, specifically our after school and autism programs, thereby training future teachers, therapists and counselors to this growing area of need.
All shadows, autism tutors, others working with our clients are trained through in-service trainings conducted by our director, required video and on-line training programs, as well other off site training opportunities. We believe it is essential that all staff be equipped with up to date researched based trainings to fully understand and the meet the needs of our clients.
The Center for New Beginnings seeks to serve everyone, and doesn’t discriminate against race, gender, ethnic backround, age, physical disabilities or religious backgrounds.