Founder & Executive Director
Originally from Turkey, Nicky Altikulac majored in Guidance and Psychological Consultation and received a minor in Education in 1991 at Marmara University in Istanbul. She also received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Istanbul University. Nicky completed a two year internship with Neurologist; Dr. Bülent Madi, M.D. ( one the 100 best neurologist in Turkey) who is working with children in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders) as well as Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities and mental illness.
Additionally she completed a two year internship with the Erol Sabanci Foundation for children with Cerebral Palsy. After completing her schooling, Nicky worked as a Psychological Consultant under Dr. Hüseyin Selendi, M.D., with children who had a wide range of behavior problems.
In her spare time, Nicky volunteered for 10 years as a sports coach for the Turkish Special Olympics Team as well as volunteered as a Psychological Consultant for CARITAS (International Humanitarian Organization) working with children living on the streets in Bucharest/ Romania. From 1993-1999 Nicky was the Owner and Founder of the private “Akatlar Rehabilitation Center for children with Mental Retardation” in Istanbul, Turkey. Additionally, from 1996 to 1999 she was the Founder and Owner of the “Mirmir Preschool” for children ages 1-5 years of age in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 1999, Nicky married and moved to the United States, finding a home in Atlanta, Georgia, where she has lived ever since. She completed “Applied Behavioral Analysis” certificate program in Penn State and 1500hrs internship program in Marcus Institute in order to be eligible for board exam. She is currently holding BCBA.. She has a Masters degree in Human Behavior in Capella University. In 2004, she opened “All Kids First Early Intervention Services, LLC.” Which offers a wide range of services. She and her staff offer Special Instruction services through Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention Program in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, private services as Early Interventionist and ABA Therapist to children who have developmental disabilities such as ASD, PDD, PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, MR, Learning Disabilities, etc. She is a co-leader of Adult group who has high functioning Autism or Asperger syndrome at Spectrum Autism Support Group.
Nicky also travels internationally to provide private consultations for families with children who have ASD and delivers speeches at special events for families with children who have special needs. She supervise a private ABA clinic in Istanbul/Turkey that provide ABA therapy to over 40 children who are in ASD.
Nicky is a member of ASAGA, NYAEC, AHHBEI, BCAB, GABA, SGC, ABAI, APA and is she is pursing her Doctorate degree in clinical psychology in California Southern University to keep up with the advancements and achievements in rehabilitation, therapy and intervention techniques.