Research has shown the techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to be highly effective in promoting the development of new skills and the reduction of inappropriate behaviors in very young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Beacon ABA Services was established to provide critical services for these children.
Intensive Home-Based Services
Intensive home-based services utilize a team approach in a child’s home. The teams, consisting of Behavioral Therapists, specialists from early intervention programs or public schools, and family members…
Behavioral Assessment, Consultation and Training
Consultation begins with a detailed Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to recommend positive behavioral treatment strategies. Consultation services are available to all children with challenging behaviors regardless of diagnosis.
Partnership Programs and Inclusion Supports
Partnership programs offer schools the opportunity to provide services to their students in partnership with an established Behavior Analytic agency. This model provides supervisory staff, trained in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis…
Beacon Assessment Center
The Beacon Assessment Center offers high-quality assessments for the early identification of children with potential developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The center provides diagnostic evaluations…
Robert F. Littleton, Jr. Ed.D.
Founder and CEO
Robert F. Littleton Jr. is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of numerous service agencies including Beacon ABA Services of Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Evergreen Center, Criterion Child Enrichment, BehaviorPedia Inc., and Human Services Management Corporation. Dr. Littleton has taught elementary and special education in the Barnstable Public Schools. He has held certifications as an Administrator of Special Education and as an Early Intervention Program Director. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his Masters in Education in Severe Special Needs from Lesley University. Dr. Littleton completed his doctoral research in Special Education at Boston University on the treatment of toddlers with expressive language delay. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Association for Approved Private Schools and is a former Chair of the Council of Affiliated State Associations, a subcommittee of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers. He is also a founding incorporator of the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Littleton was the catalyst and has been a key contributor to the development of graduate training programs for behavior analysts at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Cambridge College. He has served as a committee chair for the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium and as a trustee the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He is currently a trustee of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Foundation and the Milford Regional Medical Center. In 2012, Dr. Littleton was an inaugural recipient of the Salute to Service Award from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Robert K. Ross, Ed.D, BCBA-D, LABA
Senior VP of Treatment Efficacy & Graduate EducationDr. Ross is the Senior Vice President of Treatment Efficacy and Graduate Education at Beacon ABA Services of Massachusetts and Connecticut. He received his Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Ross oversees all research activity at Beacon. He also provides direct and consultation services to families, schools and educational programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a founding member and current Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Ross is also the President of the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of ABAI, and has served three terms on the ABAI Practice Board.
Kelley Henry, Psy.D, BCBA-D, LABA
Vice President of Assessment ServicesDr. Henry is a pediatric neuropsychologist specializing in early identification and treatment of young children with developmental disabilities, social, and behavior challenges. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working with children with Autism Spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Dr. Henry received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from William James College formerly known as the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, earned a masters´ degree in child development from Tufts University, and bachelors’ degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She completed graduate work within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis at Endicott College. Dr. Henry has extensive post-doctorate clinical training within the pediatric neuropsychology specialty. She has worked in a clinical capacity in early intervention programs, with specialty service providers, in schools and hospitals, as well as private practice. Dr. Henry has worked at Beacon for five years. In that time, she has been instrumental in the development of the Beacon Assessment Center, a program of Beacon ABA Services developed to provide high quality diagnostic evaluation and neuropsychological assessments to families. In her role as Senior Vice President of Assessment Service, Dr. Henry oversees a team of Licensed Psychologists and Speech-Language Pathologists working out of seven satellite locations across the Commonwealth.
Steve Woolf, Ph.D, BCBA-D, LABA
Senior VP of Clinical Operations & Practice DevelopmentDr. Woolf has been a BCBA-D for over 17 years and is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations and Practice Development at Beacon ABA Services. Dr. Woolf has authored publications and regularly presents ABA research at state, national, and international conferences and has extensive experience providing treatment to children and adults with disabilities. As Vice President of the largest home based EIBI service provider in the Northeast, he regularly communicates with state officials at the Department of Public Health, Department of Developmental Services, special education directors, and state legislators on the funding and quality of ABA services. Dr. Woolf is the former Past President and one of the founders of MassABA, an executive member on CTABA and MassABA, and chair of the ABAI Chapter leadership committee. Dr. Woolf’s specialty areas include managing large scale home-based service delivery systems and licensure of behavior analysts. He has served on state committees to define behavior analyst licensure standards and regulations. Dr. Woolf has significant experience working with numerous health insurance providers relative to funding ABA treatment and presents regularly on the new AMA CPT codes.
Ann Filer, Ed.D, BCBA, LABA
Senior VP of Consultation ServicesDr. Filer joined Beacon ABA Services in 1994 and is currently the Senior Vice President of Consultation Services overseeing consultation and assessment. She earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from Boston University, an Advanced Graduate degree (CAGS) in Curriculum and Instruction, a Doctoral degree in Education from Cambridge College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Dr. Filer has practiced in a variety of home and community-based settings, including public and private preschools, public elementary and middle schools, and daycare centers. Her areas of expertise include: curriculum development and instruction for the advanced learner, parent and staff training, managing challenging behavior, teaching language and social communication skills, toilet training, and instructional use of technology.
Professional training is essential to ensure successful outcomes for children and families.read more
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Message from the President
What is love except for another name for the use of positive reinforcement? Or vice versa.
B.F. Skinner, Walden Two
Beacon ABA Services Corporate Office
321 Fortune Boulevard
Milford, MA 01757
40 Spruce Street, Suite 201
Leominster, MA 01453
North Andover Office
790 Turnpike Street, Suite 105
North Andover, MA 01845
North Dartmouth Office
92 Faunce Corner Road, Suite 120
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
55 Accord Park Drive
Suite 5 (Located on 1st Floor)
Rockland, MA 02370
267 Amherst Road (Route 116)
Sunderland, MA 01375
West Springfield Office
59 Interstate Drive
West Springfield, MA 01089