Improving Quality of Life Through Effective Intervention
Dr. Melissa Olive

Dr. Melissa Olive

Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, LA (CT & NY)
Executive Director
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Mission Statement
Our mission is to assist individuals to achieve their potential to live independently and with dignity.
How We Do It
We do this by offering individual program analysis and development. We consider all relevant factors in a variety of settings in drafting recommendations and developing programming for individuals.
Extensive Experience
The body of research expands 60+ years while our team’s combined experience is over 100 years.

Meet Our Team

We have over 100 years combined experience in working with individuals with behavioral challenges.
Colleen DeMello

Colleen DeMello

MA, LPC, BCBA, LBA
Assistant Executive Director
Colleen began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis working with adults with ASD, Developmental and Psychiatric Disabilities.
Ashley Creem

Ashley Creem

M.Ed, BCBA, LBA (CT & MA)
Regional Clinical Director
Ashley has always had a passion for teaching. Growing up as the eldest to 3 younger siblings, Ashley took as many...
Regina Symons

Regina Symons

M.A., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Regional Clinical Director
Regina always sees the good in all people and loves to help them grow. This began with her early education in...



Doreen Reis

Doreen Reis

LCSW, BCBA
Regional Clinical Director
Doreen began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis working with children, adolescents and parents in therapeutic foster care.
Lori Gustinis

Lori Gustinis

MS. Ed. BCBA, LBA
Clinical Supervisor
Making meaningful connections with others has always been important to Lori. Lori’s favorite quote by Edith Wharton is “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the...
Emily W. Harris

Emily W. Harris

MA, BCBA, LBA
Clinical Supervisor
Emily knew when observing her first Applied Behavior Analysis session that she had found her career.



Sara Hult

Sara Hult

M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Clinical Supervisor
It's not every day that someone stumbles into a career in ABA. However, that is exactly how it happened for Sara.
Leanne Mailman

Leanne Mailman

MA, BCBA, LBA
Clinical Supervisor
It was while teaching Middle School Special Education that Leanne realized she could be doing more to support her students as well-rounded, balanced individuals.
Jodi Mazaleski

Jodi Mazaleski

MS, BCBA, LBA (CT & RI)
Clinical Supervisor
Jodi has spent the last two decades applying the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach individuals diagnosed with ASD as well as supervising teams of staff working with these individuals.



Brittnee Powers

Brittnee Powers

MS, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor
Brittnee attended Loras College for undergraduate school as a student-athlete and double major, in psychology and criminal justice, in Dubuque Iowa.
Coral Senés

Coral Senés

M.S. BCBA
Clinical Supervisor
Coral is both compassionate and analytical, and found a career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to be a perfect way to combine these two-character traits.
Trish Lewandoski

Trish Lewandoski

BCBA, LBA (CT)
Clinical Supervisor
While working on her Bachelor’s degree, and having taken one course in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Trish enrolled in an internship as an ABA therapist.



Sherry Wong

Sherry Wong

M.S., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Clinical Supervisor
Sherry’s introduction into the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) was an unorthodox route. Graduating from The University of Connecticut in art and illustration...
Kathleen Campbell

Kathleen Campbell

MS, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor
Kathleen began her college career as an undergraduate in the field of Communication Disorders at the University of Central Florida.
Indira Hightower

Indira Hightower

MS, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor
It was while working in a group home as a Behavior Specialist with adults with developmental disabilities, that Indira found her true passion.



Leah Giacomoni

Leah Giacomoni

MS. Ed, BCBA, LBA (CT)
Clinical Supervisor
Since she was a small child Leah was drawn to teaching and helping others. While growing up in Vermont, she volunteered with groups serving children and teens with disabilities as a peer mentor.

With ABS, you are assured of personalized services that are tailored to the needs of the client.

  • Rather than a one size fits all approach, we focus our attention on developing an individualized plan matched to your child's specific needs.
  • We provide services where the child needs them rather than having the child come to an office or clinical setting.
  • We collaborate with other professionals including speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers, and group home staff to develop a comprehensive intervention plan.

Several factors set us apart

Experience

Collectively we have over 100 years of experience in working with individuals with behavioral challenges


Respect

Our attitude towards parents and caregivers is unmatched. We believe that parents know their children the best and we believe they are instrumental in the success of their child's program.


Whole-child Approach

We also believe in the whole child. If a child is sick, he/she is less likely to be motivated to learn. Thus, we collaborate with medical providers to ensure that the child's overall health is maintained so that he/she will have optimal learning in response to the ABA services he/she receives from us.


Motivational and Reinforcing

We have extensive knowledge and experience with children. Children find our approach reinforcing, responding to our style of interaction because we modify our interactions based on the child's unique characteristics.


Research

Finally, we remain current in our practice by reading research, conducting our own research, reviewing on Editorial Boards for prestigious journals, and attending conferences.