Behavior Therapists

Specializing in Pediatrics

(973) 921-0900

behaviorwise@gmail.com

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About Our Therapists

Our progressive approach to bringing stability and ongoing behavioral improvement is delivered by a coordinated team of highly trained therapists.

Our therapists are skilled practitioners in assessment, planning and treatment:

Caryn Mandel

Caryn Mandel, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Director

Areas of Expertise:

  • Pediatric Behavioral Therapy
  • Verbal Behavioral Techniques
  • Transitioning
  • Following directions
  • Enhancing social skills
  • Extinguishing inappropriate behavior

Caryn Mandel holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and has worked as a pediatric behavioral therapist since 2001. In addition to providing individual and family therapy, she has served as a behavioral consultant for the Suburban Speech Center in Short Hills, NJ, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, The Fairfield Board of Education, and New Jersey's Early Intervention System.

Ms. Mandel provides behavioral strategies within the home, school and other settings. Her philosophy is to teach, assess and shape the particular behaviors of children of all ages. The goal for each child is to learn appropriate behaviors using positive behavioral techniques.

Audrey Puggi

Audrey Puggi, BCBA

Master's Degree in Professional Behavior Analysis
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Areas of Expertise:

  • VBMAPP Skills Assessments
  • Discrete Trial Teaching
  • NET
  • Communication with augmentative speaking devices
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Behavior Plans
  • Treatment Plans
  • Social Skills
  • Parent Training
  • Parent Advocate

Audrey Puggi is a New Jersey native with over 6 years of experience working within public schools and in-home programs utilizing applied behavior analysis. Audrey completed her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her Master's degree is in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience working with student ages 2 to 18 years with varied diagnoses such as ADHD, ASD, Down syndrome, and mood disorders. In the school setting, Audrey works closely with teachers and staff to develop up-to-date scientifically proven programs. She has clinical experience in discrete trial teaching, NET, teaching communication with augmentative speaking devices, social skills, and RFT. She is passionate about collaborating with families and committed to providing individualized support services to families. Audrey enjoys volunteering within the community to assists displaced families receive educational services and permanent housing.

Shivonne Troy MS, CLC, BCBA

Shivonne Troy MS, CLC, BCBA

Areas of Expertise:

  • VB-Mapp Assessment
  • Discrete Trial Teaching
  • Natural Environment Teaching
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Social Skill Groups
  • Behavior Reduction
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Parent/Staff Training
  • Crisis Management/De-escalation Techniques

Shivonne Troy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Masters in Psychology (applied behavioral analysis) who has been working with typical and special needs children since 2005. She is also a licensed teacher of both elementary education and students with disabilities. Shivonne has taught students of varying disabilities ages 3 to 13 and provided both in home, school based, clinic based and residential behavioral services to individuals and their families.

Shivonne is currently a Behavior Analyst in a private school for multiply disabled students ages 3 - 21, where she specializes in IEP development and implementation, behavior intervention plans, behavior/skill acquisition assessments, discrete trial instruction, crisis management, positive behavior supports, behavior reduction, staff training. In addition, Shivonne is a certified life coach that specializes in special education advocacy for parents.

Dana Armero

Dana Armero, MA, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Areas of Expertise:

  • VBMAPP Skills Assessment
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Discrete Trial Teaching
  • NET
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Behavior Reduction
  • Treatment Plans
  • Play-based skill acquisition
  • Parent/Staff Training

Dana began her journey into ABA as a caretaker for her brother and generalization point for his programming. It was only natural that after receiving a dual BS in Neuroscience and Psychology from Ursinus College that she began a career in behavior analysis. After working with adults and teens with autism and comorbid psychological diagnoses, she was inspired to pursue an advanced degree in clinical psychology. She graduated in 2015 with a Master of Arts from The New School in Manhattan and began her work with younger children. She has since worked with individuals on the spectrum as young as 15 months through the lifespan up to 40 years of age.

Dana brings a breadth of experience and scope to her practice, where she integrates family members and long term objectives from a very early age. Her goal is for every child to reach their full potential, and each family member to feel empowered, educated, and integrated into their loved one's development and success. Her areas of expertise include behavior reduction, verbal behavior, and play-based skill acquisition.

Angela Elazegui

Angela Elazegui, MA, BCBA

Areas of Expertise:

  • VBMAPP Skills Assessment
  • Discrete Trial Teaching
  • NET
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Behavior Reduction
  • Treatment Plans
  • Parent/Staff Training

Angela Elazegui is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master's Degree in Applied Psychology from Rider University. She has experience working with special needs children since 2016. Angela has experience working with students of varying disabilities ages 2 to 18 and has provided both in home and clinic based services to individuals and their families.

Marykate Kaplan

Marykate Kaplan, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Areas of Expertise:

  • Discrete Trial Teaching
  • Natural Environment Teaching
  • Social Skills
  • Behavior Reduction
  • De-escalation Techniques
  • Functional Communication
  • Following Directions
  • Functional Play Skills

Marykate Kaplan is a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) at BehaviorWise. She has over ten years of experience working in the field as a Special Education teacher for school age children at the New York Center for Autism Charter School (Manhattan, NY) and Behavior Specialist Assistant for school-aged children at Tradewinds Education Center (Utica, NY). Marykate holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hamilton College and Master's degree in Special Education from Touro College. She is currently pursuing her BCBA in the Applied Behavior Analysis Advanced series through the Florida Institute of Technology. Marykate is passionate about using applied behavior analysis to improve the quality of life of her clients and their families.

Kathy Bautista

Kathy Bautista, RBT

Bachelor Degree in Psychology
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Discrete tail teaching
  • Social skills
  • Behavior Reduction
  • Following direction
  • Functional play

Kathy Bautista was born in Salem, MA and raised in Dominican Republic, where she completed her undergraduate studies in the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo. She first started working with ABA during her internship in La Plaza de la Salud. Before graduation she had a job offer at Boston Behavior Learning Center in Boston, where she later earned her Register Behavior Technician Certification. She has experience working with students the ages of 2 to 17 years old at centers, homes, and clinical settings. She has clinical experience in discrete trial, social skills, functional play, behavior reduction. She is currently attending a graduate Applied Behavior Analysis program to become a BCBA.

Suzanne Kaner

Suzanne Kaner, MEd

Areas of Expertise:

  • Implementation of 504 Plans and IEP's in a classroom setting
  • Kindergarten through 3rd grade teacher for an inclusion classroom
  • Work with child study teams and referral teams to assess students' needs and implement interventions and strategies for students with academic, social and behavioral difficulties
  • create and implement behavior plan
  • Runs social skills group

Suzanne Kaner holds a dual Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Students with Disabilities (special education) from Mercer University and Caldwell University.

Suzanne has over 20 years of experience teaching in the general education classroom as well as the special education setting. Currently she has been teaching 3rd grade for the past 3 years. Prior to teaching in Essex County, she worked in Union County as a basic skills and a general education teacher. She also has worked as a behavior therapist for the state of NJ working with children of pre-school age.

Mindy Sauchelli

Mindy Sauchelli, MS

Areas of Expertise:

  • Early Childhood Education/Special Education
  • Child Study Team
  • Intervention and Referral Services Team member (I & RS)
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Behavior Interventions
  • Social Skills Groups

Mindy Sauchelli holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Rowan University as well as a Master's degree in Inclusion Education from Montclair State University.

Over the past 10 years Mindy has worked in Passaic County as a preschool inclusion teacher, special education teacher, and advocate for children within her district. Mindy works closely with new teachers to create classroom management skills. Mindy is involved with the Intervention and Referral Services Team to ensure that the students are meeting their needs in becoming successful. Mindy has previously worked as a home therapist within the early intervention system.

In addition, Mindy runs Social Skills Group for pre-school and school age children incorporating different social skills programs including the Social Thinking Curriculum while using a multi-sensory approach to meet the needs of each child.