Using an Individualized, Developmental Approach
Sarah Chapple, MS, BCBA, LABA
Brain Fit Classes
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 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.