Treatment Services

Using an Individualized, Developmental Approach

 
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Sarah Chapple, MS, BCBA, LABA

Parent and Child Brain Fit Classes

Parent and Child Skills-Based Behavior Therapy

Parent Coaching & Support

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 ElmTree ABA Services, 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 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, Social Thinking, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She sought out consultation and training with Dr. Bennett to further develop her clinical skills. She currently provides Brain Fit Classes to children with anxiety, attention difficulties, social skill weaknesses, trouble with executive functioning skills, and other emotional and/or behavioral challenges. She also provides skills-based behavior therapy and parent coaching and support.  

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 to further her knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks. She teaches children how to utilize coping skills; 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 and using Collaborative Problem Solving techniques, in order to effectively de-escalate maladaptive behavior and teach better self-regulation skills.

Ms. Chapple believes that therapy 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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Dr. Stephanie Child, PsyD

Parent and Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Parent and Child Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)

Parent and Child CBT Classes

Dr. Child is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from Argosy University with a concentration in Children and Families. She has provided services in public and private schools, outpatient settings, and homes. She has a wide variety of supervision and clinical experience, including conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments, parent training, and individual and group therapy. She specializes in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other developmental, emotional, and/or behavioral disorders. Dr. Child has worked with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders across the age span since 2002, from Early Intervention to young adults in transition programs. She has unique experience in working with children with developmental disabilities and co-morbid mental health diagnoses, including those with anxiety, depression, and/or trauma histories.

Dr. Child spent over 13 years at the May Institute as a clinical director, where she met Dr. Bennett in 2008. Dr. Child provided mentorship to Dr. Bennett about compassionate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the treatment of children with ASD and self-injurious behavior. At the May Institute, Dr. Child supervised and trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and behavior technicians in conducting and implementing Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), behavior plans, and other behavioral interventions for students with ASD with and without intellectual disabilities. She supervised individual and group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and consultation services, as well as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). More recently, Dr. Child supervised clinical and behavioral services at ACCEPT Educational Collaborative for students with ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, and/or trauma histories (ages 4-22). She served as the program’s clinical coordinator, and eventually the Director of Student Services, providing supervision and training to all clinical and school staff.


Dr. Child currently works part-time at Bennett Assessment and Behavior Center for Children, providing CBT and TF-CBT to children and adolescents (ages 5-15) with ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, trauma histories, social skill difficulties, executive functioning skill deficits, and other emotional and/or behavioral disorders. She uses a developmentally appropriate approach to teach children of all abilities to identify their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as to identify and modify maladaptive patterns of thinking that can lead to negative emotions. Additionally, Dr. Child teaches children to utilize a wide-range of coping skills and express their thoughts and feelings in more socially appropriate ways. Through this frame-work, the children build confidence, become more flexible throughout their daily routine, and learn how to better self-regulate at home and school. Dr. Child believes that the relationship between a therapist and child, and a therapist and family, is critical for a successful outcome. She provides a supportive and positive environment for children and families to share and grow together. Dr. Child provides parent coaching and support to help children generalize skills learned in therapy to the home and community. She also helps families utilize positive reinforcement techniques and behavioral intervention to facilitate more adaptive and flexible behavior.


Like Dr. Bennett, Dr. Child believes in understanding the “whole child” and uses a family-oriented treatment approach that is tailored to the unique needs and strengths of each child and parent. She is dedicated to providing a supportive, nurturing, and positive space for children and families to grow. She is a strong advocate for children, and partners with each family in the treatment process. Her goal is to provide supportive, high quality, evidence-based intervention, in order to help children and families set goals, meet their goals, and move towards their fullest potential! The services she offers provide wrap-around support for the children evaluated by Dr. Bennett, and the collaboration between Dr. Child and Dr. Bennett provide high quality and effective continuity of care for the child and their family.

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