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.” 

Bridgewater

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New Bedford

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Support Specialists

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Administration

"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 started with BC in April of 2009 as a Behavior Technician.  She has since then grown within the company and now is the head of medical billing and manages the scheduling team.  You can come to her at any time and she is willing to answer any questions!

"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 began working as a behavioral therapist with children with Autism in 2010 at an elementary school in an urban school district in MA. In 2012, I continued to work in the field of autism for Behavioral Connections with clients aged two to twenty-two in home-, clinic-, and community-based settings. After becoming a BCBA in 2016, I began providing clinical supervision to various clients and Registered Behavior Technicians at BC, and mentoring to individuals seeking certification. In addition to providing parents with behavior management training, I consult with parents navigating the special education process, including reviewing IEPs, attending school meetings, and conducting classroom observations. I enjoy building on my knowledge and experience by attending the National Autism Conference at Penn State University so that I can apply what I learn with my clients. When not at work, you will find me spending time with my family (I recently became a new mom to my daughter Olivia!) and my dogs and cats. I love sailing (or anything related to the ocean), practicing yoga, and eating with chopsticks!"

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."

"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. "

Erica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University with an emphasis in autism. Erica has attended the Penn State National Autism Conference and seeks continuous education and training in the field of behavior analysis. Her clinical interests include verbal behavior, functional communication training, behavior reduction, and organizational behavior management. Erica enjoys indoor cycling and long walks on the beach with her Boston Terriers.

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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."

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"I always knew I wanted to work with children when I was growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. In my undergraduate studies I pursued elementary education and psychology as my two majors and quickly formed an interest in my psychology classes, especially in behavior analysis. I ended up switching to only a psychology major and graduated with my bachelor of science degree from Bridgewater State University in 2013 and started my first job as an in-home ABA therapist in 2014. I quickly fell in love with the field and I felt that it was an extremely rewarding career and decided to get my Master’s degree and pursue my BCBA. I enrolled in Cambridge College in 2014 and graduated with my Master’s in Special Education/Behavior Analyst in June 2019. I became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in August 2019 and found Behavioral Connections. I come with 6 years experience in the field of ABA with various age groups (1-20 years old). Most of my experience is with young children (2-6 years old) and also 2 years experience with 10-13 year olds in a school setting. My primary experience is with home and school based services, BC is the first clinic I have worked in and I am excited to experience this new setting!"

"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!"

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.

Michaela

BCBA

I was first inspired by the field of ABA when a family member was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. At the time I did not truly understand the impact and the science that was driven to make such profound changes in his life all I knew was I wanted to play some part in making those changes. I have been with Behavioral Connections since 2015 as a behavior technician working one-on one to provide direct care to individuals diagnosed with ASD. I later graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2018 with my Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in ABA to become a BCBA. When I am not at work you can find me with my face in a good book, or with my dog and family.

Sheryl

BCBA, LABA

My passion is seeing individuals make progress and move toward reaching their potential.  I have been in the education field for 22 years with the past 12 years focused on working with children on the autism spectrum through school, home, and clinic settings.  I found that ABA was the most successful path to seeing the individuals I worked with and started my path toward becoming a BCBA in 2014 through a post graduate program at Endicott College.  I received my BCBA Credential in 2017 and have worked in both home and clinic settings as a BCBA since then.    I developed an interest in language development through an undergraduate degree in communication and was intrigued with the concept of the verbal behavior approach to ABA.  Gaining a position at Behavioral Connections is a dream come true for me.  I look forward to developing my skills in Verbal Behavior and seeing the learners I work with gain and develop language skills.  My interests outside of ABA include time with family, enjoying time with my granddaughter, throwing pottery, watching soccer, and baking if I can find the time.

"My passion for learning about behavior was sparked in high school in my first Psychology class. I continued to get my undergrad degree in Psychology at Bridgewater State University, and my masters in ABA from Bay Path University. I have had 5 years of experience in home and school-based ABA and I have loved all of it. The age groups I have worked with vary from 2 to 12 years old. I am very excited to be adding center-based ABA to my list of experience. In the future, I hope to be able to be involved in research as well. My favorite part of ABA is seeing the progress that the students make. It is truly amazing what ABA can do, and I am happy to be a part of it."

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"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...

"I have always had a passion for helping others. Prior to BC I worked for a Providence Hospital in medical records for many years, after that I knew I needed a change and wanted to work with children. I then switched to an Early Intervention program and really loved working in a field where I could help children and families with ASD. I knew I wanted to continue this work and decided to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. That’s when I then found BC! I first started working here at BC as a therapist and truly loved working with the kids. When the position for Administration came up within the company I thought it would be a great opportunity for me after having my daughter. I am still able to help children while doing some work I was comfortable with in the field of administration. I feel BC has been a great fit for me and happy to be a part of the team!"

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