Assessment Services

Using an Individualized, Developmental Approach

 
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Neurodevelopmental Evaluations

(1-4 yrs old)

Neurodevelopmental evaluations use toys and developmentally appropriate materials to assess a young child’s cognitive skills, early academic skills, language, fine motor skills, play, adaptive behavior, attention, memory, and social-emotional functioning. This evaluation includes testing with the child (parents can be in the room if needed), interview with the parents, interview with other providers (such as a preschool teacher or Early Intervention provider), and completion of questionnaires. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses. A comprehensive report will be written based on the child’s profile and specific recommendations will be provided for home and preschool (when appropriate). A diagnosis may be provided, if appropriate. Common diagnostic questions include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Language Delay, Anxiety, and/or Attention difficulties. This evaluation is appropriate when a parent or provider is concerned about developmental, learning, attentional, behavioral, social, and/or emotional difficulties.

Neuropsychological Evaluations

(5-15 yrs old)

Neuropsychological evaluations use developmentally appropriate materials to assess a child’s cognitive skills, academic skills, language, fine motor skills, play, adaptive behavior, attention, memory, and social-emotional functioning. This evaluation includes testing with the child, interview with the parents, interview with other providers (such as a teacher or therapist), and completion of questionnaires. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses. A comprehensive report will be written based on the child’s profile and specific recommendations will be provided for home and school. A diagnosis may be provided, if appropriate. Common diagnostic questions include Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, Anxiety, and/or Depression. This evaluation is appropriate when a parent or provider is concerned about developmental, learning, attentional, behavioral, social, and/or emotional difficulties.

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Gifted & Talented Evaluations

(3-15 yrs old)

Gifted and talented evaluations use developmentally appropriate materials to assess a child’s cognitive skills, academic skills, language, fine motor skills, play, adaptive behavior, attention, memory, and social-emotional functioning. This evaluation includes testing with the child, interview with the parents, interview with other providers (such as a coach or teacher), and completion of questionnaires. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the child’s strengths and talents. A comprehensive report will be written and specific recommendations will be provided for home and school. This evaluation is appropriate when a parent or provider suspects that a child is gifted and the child is not having any academic, behavioral, emotional, or social difficulties.

Treatment Services

Using an Individualized, Developmental Approach

 
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Sarah Chapple, MS, BCBA, LABA

Skills-Based Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Academic Tutoring (OG Certified)

Ms. Chapple earned her Bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Child and Family Studies. She earned her Master's degree in ABA from Simmons College. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2012 and she is licensed as an Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts. In the future, she hopes to continue her clinical training in the field of counseling, in order to help children with a variety of behavioral and mental health difficulties. 


Ms. Chapple has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) since 2003. She has worked in private and public schools, clinics, community camps, and in the home setting. She has worked at several high quality ABA programs, including Foundation Lane, and has provided services to children with ASD (ages 1-15) through Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Teaching (NET). She believes that you can teach children language, social skills, and daily living skills through play and parent involvement. She has attended conferences on topics such as, teaching Theory of Mind and executive functioning skills to students with ASD. She currently works part-time at ElmTree ABA services, where she provides supervision to ABA therapists, facilitates social skills groups, and provides parent training. She believes that ABA strategies can be applied to children with a variety of diagnoses and has experience working with children with significant emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as learning disabilities, in homes, schools, and camp settings. Ms. Chapple has attended additional trainings and workshops on Collaborative Problem Solving, Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Thinking. She sought out consultation and training with Dr. Bennett to further develop her clinical skills. She currently works part-time at Bennett Assessment and Behavior Center for Children, providing skills-based behavior therapy to children with ADHD, OCD, anxiety, social skill difficulties, executive functioning skill deficits, and other emotional and/or behavioral disorders. 

Ms. Chapple utilizes naturalistic teaching methods to help children (ages 1-15) build better social skills, communication skills, play skills, and daily living skills. She receives weekly consultation with Dr. Bennett within a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model, in order to help children develop age-appropriate coping skills, executive functioning skills, and self-management skills. She teaches children how to identify their thoughts, feelings, and behavior; restructure their negative thinking patterns; build their self-esteem; think and act more flexibly; and control their impulsivity. She uses warm empathetic support, positive reinforcement, and empirically based methodology to help children feel more successful at home and school. She supports parents in implementing positive behavior plans in the home and using Collaborative Problem Solving techniques, in order to effectively de-escalate maladaptive behavior and teach better self-regulation skills.

Ms. Chapple is also a certified Orton-Gillingham instructor. She provides effective, empirically-based reading instruction to children of all ages. She utilizes her training in ABA to motivate children to become successful readers. She loves to help children develop stronger academic skills and gain confidence in their learning. 

Ms. Chapple believes that behavior therapy and reading tutoring should be a fun and enjoyable process for all children. She strives to create a comfortable environment for the child and their parents. She is passionate about empowering her clients and learns from the families she supports. She believes that every child is capable of reaching their full potential, and strives to support her clients on this path to optimal functioning. Like Dr. Bennett, she believes in understanding the child as a “whole” and uses a family-oriented, culturally sensitive, and child-focused approach. As a mother, she understands what it is like to be a parent and provides positive, warm support to meet each family’s needs. She is flexible and creative in her approach with clients. The services she offers provides wrap-around support for the children evaluated by Dr. Bennett, and the collaboration between Ms. Chapple and Dr. Bennett provides high quality and effective continuity of care for the child and their family. 

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Jillian Bennett, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

Parent Support & Therapy

Individual therapy sessions for parents focused on adjusting to becoming a parent and managing the stresses of parenting, including parenting children with disabilities and/or emotional and behavioral challenges. Parents are provided with guidance in how to best support their child, as well as practical strategies to help manage their own level of stress. Dr. Bennett incorporates Cognitive Behavioral and mindfulness strategies into sessions. Parent mental health is key to child mental health. Taking care of your children starts with taking care of you.

Telehealth therapy appointments are available for children and/or parents, as needed. It takes time for children to generalize skills learned in the office. This is a chance for children (and parents!) to practice these skills in the moment, across settings, and with the people that they interact with the most. In addition, all parent intakes and parent feedback meetings are conducted via Telehealth, as part of the comprehensive neuropsychological assessment process. A HIPAA compliant Telehealth Platform is used.

 

Other Services

Using an Individualized, Developmental Approach

 
School Observation
Advocate for IEP meetings

Virtual School-based Behavioral Observations

Public and private programs

Virtual IEP or 504 Plan Meetings

Conducted via Telehealth

Parent or School Consultation
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Parent/School Consultation

Conducted via Telehealth

Virtual Presentations:

1) Merging Behavior Analytic and Clinical Perspectives to Work with Students with Complex Mental Health Diagnoses
2) The Developmental Impact of Trauma and Effective Behavioral Interventions for Students
3) The Interpretation of Neuropsychological Evaluations
4) Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment
5) Neurodevelopmental Evaluations and Autism Treatment
6) Red Flags, Signs, and Symptoms: When a Neuropsychological Evaluation is Warranted
7) Family Mental Health During a Pandemic
8) Clinical Application of Behavior Analysis for Students with Mental Health Diagnoses in the School Setting Post-COVID