Amanda Fishley, founder of Self Manage, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA) and has been working in the field of behavior analysis since 2007. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from The Ohio State University and continued her education to receive her Master’s degree in Special Education/Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University in 2010 and has been board certified since 2011.
She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in school, community, home, and mental health settings. She has provided Telehealth services and consultation to those abroad, disseminating ABA to several different countries. She has created trainings, workshops and presented at various conferences, such as Applied Behavior Analysis International. Areas of focus have included teaching individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or an intellectual disability, the reduction of severe problem behavior, and toilet training.
She works closely with parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, as well as mentoring and supervising behavior analysts. She is currently providing professional supervision to those seeking board certification in a variety of settings across the United States.
These experiences have allowed her to apply the principles of behavior analysis not only to the clients and families she has served, but in her leadership and management skills, as well as her personal life. Helping others learn self management skills so they can improve their behaviors has become a passion of hers, leading her to create Self Manage.
When she’s not working, she enjoys time with her two daughters, husband, and their cats.
The Science Behind it All:
The science of human behavior, known as behavior analysis, demonstrates that behavior is increased or decreased based on the consequences that follow behavior. The ‘when’ and the ‘why’ can be analyzed by understanding the impact of consequences. We tend to repeat behaviors because we are being positively reinforced. These behaviors can become ‘habits’ quickly.
Behaviors, and the contingencies surrounding them, can be modified to meet personal and professional goals and increase your overall wellbeing.
The methodologies employed by Self Manage are grounded in evidence-based applications of applied behavior analysis, backed by decades of research and application. The laws that govern human behavior are the same for people of all ages and abilities.
Self Manage makes it easy for you to implement, understand, and effectively change behavior to perform better in your personal and professional environment, or your child’s.
Self-management can help a person be more effective and efficient in daily life, replace bad habits with good ones, accomplish difficult tasks, and achieve personal goals (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2020, pg. 685).
Self Manage will pinpoint behaviors and outcomes that are observable and measurable. Big changes often start with small ones. We understand the need to be practical, realistic, and effective. We live in a world full of distractions, let’s reduce the things that are getting in the way of the behavior changes you are trying to make.