About Us

On Halloween of 2007, Behavioral Connections began providing home-based and center-based medically necessary applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to learners 0-21 years old with language and social deficits. We use Skinner’s functional analysis of language to identify and develop the individual needs of each learner. We also offer educational ABA services through private pay and school contracts.

Our Mission

Our purpose, our goal, our reason for existing is to get kids to talk. We started this company by providing direct effective interventions that all kids with disabilities deserve. We fight everyday to articulate this, disseminate this, and motivate others to do the same.” 

The Team

"I quickly found my passion for the field after enrolling in the Principles of Behavior Analysis course at Jacksonville State. Specifically, it was the pigeon lab that sold me. Since 2001, I've been a diehard fan of Skinner and learning theory. My dedication now lies with two endeavors  'Never giving up on a child that cannot talk. We, the teachers, need to change in every way until we succeed" and "the opportunity to open the world up to this field, because it provides hope for tomorrow.'"

"My passion for the field started after receiving training from The Carbone Clinic’s consultants while overseeing behavioral classrooms at a private school in New York (HASC). I eventually became a highly sought ABA consultant in both the private and public sectors, earning a state wide reputation. I've since brought these skills back to Massachusetts to open Behavioral Connections."

Tammy

Billing Coordinator

Tammy likes to spend her free time changing the fonts on her favorite spreadsheets while damaging her ear drums with Tobey Keith or whatever country music kids listen to these days

"I was a stay at home mom when my two oldest were growing up. I worked in my home for my husbands’ vocational rehabilitation business. When he became disabled I was called out into the work force. My first job was a teller working my way up to assistant manager. I moved on from this position into payroll and human resources for approximately 100 employees. My career continued with other organizations as an office manager and human resources for some smaller organizations.   My last position before Behavioral Connections was with a large construction company where I was the safety officer and payroll and human resources for 135 construction workers.  I started with Behavioral Connections in 2014. This has been a very fulfilling job to see the great work that comes from each and every one of our BC team members."

"I pursued my dream of teaching children with developmental needs because of a close family relation to someone diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I've been employed with Behavioral Connections since April 2012 and have enjoyed supporting families in the home and clinic environments. Prior to my work with BC, I rendered services within the school setting for children with Autism and related disabilities. When I'm not supervising the diligent team members at Behavioral Connections, I'm usually found spending time with my husband, golden retriever, and my son. Also trying to bake and going to spin class."

"I was given the opportunity to work with children with autism six years ago and never looked back. My passion lies in finding new applicable knowledge of the field, especially by attending conferences and bringing new research back to my clients. I have two dogs, two cats, and five chickens, love sailing and eating with chopsticks, and hate writing about myself."

Shawn

BCBA, LABA

"My interest in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder was sparked while working at a hospital as an undergraduate student. I met a young boy unlike any of the other individuals there; he was non-vocal and did not seem to want to interact with the other kids. He was my first introduction to the world of autism. I went on to work at a private school for individuals with developmental disabilities as I obtained my master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a BCBA in 2010. Since that time, I have had opportunities working in home-based settings, as a consultant in public schools, in an acute inpatient facility, and working with adults with developmental disabilities. My current interests include skill acquisition methodologies and staff training."

Marianne

BCBA, LABA

I first began working with children with ASD and other developmental disabilities in 2008 while pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Rhode Island.  I fell in love with the job of helping children.  After graduation I began working full time as a behavior therapist at Pathways Strategic Teaching Center in Rhode Island.  Working at Pathways was my first introduction to the ABA approach, and it wasn’t long before I began pursuing my certification as a Behavior Analyst.  In 2013 I graduated from Simmons University in Boston with my Master’s in applied behavior analysis, and passed the board exam shortly after.  Since then, I have since gained experience working in a variety of settings and with a variety of age groups, from early intervention to adult residential services.  Ultimately my love for working with children led me to Behavioral Connections, where I take pride in being part of a highly dedicated team.

Erica claims to have invented the letter Q and is over seven thousand years old. More recently, she became a BCBA.

"Through high school and undergrad I always knew I wanted to work with the population of children with developmental disabilities. I first found ABA in undergrad when I completed my first practicum at the May Institute West Springfield School and loved it so much I did my senior internship there as well. I went to graduate school to get my BCBA and worked as an in-home behavioral therapist for the May Institute as well through school. I got my degree and began working as a BCBA in November of 2017. I have experience with children from the age of 1.5 years until 21 years through my experiences from my internship and through working in-homes. "

Lauren is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 8 years experience working with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including center/clinic based services, home based services, and school and community settings. She has special interests in the development of social skills, verbal behavior, and aversion desensitization programs (i.e., food selectivity, doctor/dentist visit aversions, etc.). 

Dr Johnson completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University and received her B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University. Dr. Johnson’s professional and research interests are in the application of behavior-analytic interventions to improve educational outcomes for children and youth with reading and communication delays. She is also committed to advocating for quality behavior-analytic services for underserved populations. Dr. Johnson’s experiences include reading instruction, early intervention, behavior management, school consultation, university teaching, and mentorship. She seeks to continuously expand her knowledge of the application of behavior analysis.

"Graduated from Caldwell University in 2015 and obtained BCBA certification in 2016. Clinical research interests include verbal behavior, functional analysis, feeding, and reinforcement procedures. I have worked with children and adults ranging in age from 18 months to 20 years old. I. My free time I enjoy spending time with my son, playing softball, and watching the patriots."

Jeanne is a jean wearing genie.

Committed to never getting too old or fancy to learn from the individuals I serve. Grateful for the opportunity to help others get out of their own way and connect with their voice. As a behavioral scientist - interested in trauma-studies across species, and passionate about multisensory approaches to therapy and instruction. As an animal trainer, passionate about enrichment for animals in captivity/sanctuary and global wildlife conservation efforts.

"My passion for the field started as an intern counseling a group of younger children who experienced emotional and behavioral challenges.  While working on my Masters, I met classmates who worked at BC and I decided to apply and gain experience with a new population of children. I absolutely fell in love with the learners here at BC over the last 4 years. I obtained my Masters in Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and I'm currently working towards certification and licensure. My personal interests are vacationing in Maine, spending time with my fiancé and cats, and I have a newfound interest in yoga and meditation. I'm also expecting my first child in January!"

"I married my skating partner and raised five children before beginning my college career. A devoted community member. Teaching, compassion for families in need, and realizing the importance of consistency in raising children became a driving force in my choice for my education. After graduation, I worked for 14 years as a therapist and a teacher for Project Forward at 4C's, a program for college age students with significant disabilities. I ended my time at 4C's as a Senior Academic Advisor before joining the Behavioral Connections family in July 2014."

Knowledgeable and super friendly, he is our new hires' first point of contact. He is responsible for training as well as various business development projects. Chat him up! Just don't ask him about fishing...

Tara really likes sunglasses. Like, enough to name her kid after them.

Brittany likes to spend her day not sending me the staff photos I asked for.

Bowie

Dog

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Our Therapists

The Life of our company. Our therapists are on another level. Each has tremendous compassion, enthusiasm, and care for everyone they work with. Most are pursuing their BCBA's, and all are dedicated to learning this science of ours. All in the name of making someone else's life better. We wouldn't be where we are today if it weren't for their talent, their passion, and especially their love.

 

 

Thanks you guys.

Behavioral Connections
Bridgewater: 508-807-4996
New Bedford: 508-994-3000
Fax: 508-807-4998
1 Merrills Wharf
New Bedford, MA 02740
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