About Dr. Bennett
My name is Jillian Bennett. I have my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I have completed training at major hospitals, such as Bradley Children’s Hospital (which is a Brown affiliate), and private institutions, such as the May Institute. I specialize in treating children, 0-7 years old, with autism and other developmental disabilities. Although my main area of interest is children with autism, I see children with a variety of challenges, such as those with attention difficulties, learning problems, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioral disorders. My approach is very family oriented, culturally sensitive, and child-focused. As a mother, I understand how difficult it is to see your child struggle and I do my best to not only provide families with a comprehensive report to help their child get what he or she needs (whether it be at home or school), but to also guide families through the next several years. I see my role as not only a neuropsychologist, but also an advocate for the child. Most families keep in touch with me as their child develops and I am able to answer questions, meet with families for follow-up appointments, and/or conduct observations at their schools. In fact, one of the greatest parts of my job, is that I can follow children over time and help families with questions about their child’s development as they mature. I do not believe in giving a diagnosis and sending the family out the door. My role is much more long-term with each family I see. I am currently taking new patients for neurodevelopmental or neuropsychological evaluations.
I specialize in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological evaluations for children with autism spectrum disorders and other related developmental delays. I believe that an evaluation with an accurate diagnosis and a well-formulated conceptualization of the child's specific social, behavioral, emotional, and developmental challenges is critical in formulating an effective treatment plan. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults with autism since 2002 in a variety of settings, including inpatient/outpatient treatment centers, camps, schools, and homes. I have trained parents, teachers, and other providers/staff in how to effectively work with children with autism. I utilize ABA methodologies, such as Discrete Trial Training and Incidental or Naturalistic Teaching methods, although I have previous experience providing services to children with autism in other theoretical orientations. For example, I have utilized a Floortime approach while providing Early Intervention Services to children with autism under the age of 3 and a TEACCH approach while working at a summer camp conducted by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I combine my behavioral skills with my post-doctoral assessment training in neuropsychology to provide comprehensive care to children with autism and their families.
Inside Dr. Bennett's Office
Incorporating behavioral tools, sensory toys, and movement into assessment and treatment
99 East Central Street, Natick, MA