Our Team

Between Dr. Shahad Alsharif and Dr. Sara Silsilah, the team at The Seeds of Knowledge bring their vision, passion, and expertise to serve individuals with developmental disabilities, their parents, professionals, and teachers with the highest level of quality services that meet their individual needs. 

  • She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level BCBA-D©, a Licensed Behavior Analyst in New York State LBA-NY©, and CABAS© Master Teacher

  • She works as a part-time assistant professor in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from September 2020 

  • She is a Research Adjunct at Curtin University from May 2022

  • She has MA and PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Columbia University in the City of New York, BS from Dar Al-Hekma University in the field of Special Education with emphasis in learning disabilities

  • Overall, Dr. Shahad has over 10 years of experience working in school settings (both public and private), clinical settings, and home settings in New York State and Saudi Arabia with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities of varying ages from preschool to adolescents. Dr. Shahad has experience supervising, mentoring, training, conducting applied research with families and children with developmental disabilities, writing government policies that advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities, and setting up ABA programs in clinical and school settings.

  • She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level BCBA-D© 
    and CABAS© Master Teacher

  • She works as an assistant professor in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia since September 2019

  • She has MA and PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York. Dr. Sara has been studying ABA since her undergraduate studies where she received a BS from Dar Al-Hekma University in the field of special education with an emphasis in autism and ABA. 

  • Overall, Dr. Sara has 9 years of experience working with children with and without disabilities in schools that apply ABA as their main methodology of instruction. Dr. Sara has experience supervising, mentoring, training, and working with parents of children with developmental disabilities. She has experience setting up ABA programs in clinical and school settings. Dr. Sara has experience working in Early Intervention settings, where she developed programs and supervised instructional programs for students with developmental disabilities.  

They said about us:  

“As a parent, I had a wonderful experience with Shahad. She was kind from the moment I met her, compassionate, and very understanding. Shahad is very talented and creative, adapting ABA techniques and methodologies to each challenge of my son's needs. She created an individual plan to encourage my son to progress toward his goals. I received parenting training that really listened to all my concerns about myself and the living environment situations with my son. Shahad is a fantastic therapist who helped us through difficult times with her support techniques on anger management, extreme anxiety, feeding disorders, organization, and planning. I am so grateful that she has been a part of our story, changing our lives. It was a pleasure working with her.”
 
Sarah C. - Parent of a child with Autism