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ABOUT

Our team is dedicated to helping make significant improvements in the lives of children, including those diagnosed with autism, and assisting their families and teachers using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Our program delivery is conducted by BCBAs, BCaBAs, and Behavior Therapists with ABA experience ranging from 8 to 20 years.

Lawrence Venuk, MS, BCBA
Clinical Director

Larry is the Clinical Director of Behavioral Consulting Associates, LLC. Larry earned his M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis at Central Michigan University and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2003 and is a licensed behavior analyst in the state of Connecticut. 

 

Larry began his career assisting a young man diagnosed with autism in an assisted living apartment. After graduate school, he moved to Connecticut in 1998 to assist individuals living at Southbury Training School. He has enjoyed assisting families and teaching children, adolescents, and adults using the principles of applied behavior analysis in a variety of settings for the past 23 years.

 

Larry lives in Watertown, CT with his wife, their two daughters, a dog and a cat.  He enjoys gardening, playing basketball, kayaking, playing the bass guitar and drums, and life with his family and friends.  

Kelly Welcome. BCBA
Therapist

Kelly became a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst in February 2016. She earned her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College in 2002, completed her BCBA certificate courses at the University of North Texas in 2016 and earned her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2018. 

Kelly has over 20+ years of extensive experience as an ABA therapist and has assisted children in school, home, and community settings using the principles of applied behavior analysis.  Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Connecticut.

 

Kelly lives in Shelton with her 2 children, their dog and a cat. She enjoys art, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with her family.

Antonella McLennon-Laurent
Therapist

Antonella has worked in educational settings since 2004, and she has been an ABA Therapist since 2009.  She earned her Bachelors in Business Administration in 2000 From Sacred Heart University and earned her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph in May of 2019. “Nella”, as the children she serves call her with affection, has provided ABA services and behavior management plans for special education students enrolled in educational programs while providing support to school site staff, paraprofessional educators and behavior therapists.

 

Antonella is an incredible advocate for children with special needs and their families based on her personal experiences with her son who has autism.  She is passionate about improving the lives of clients and their families affected with autism.  

 

Antonella lives in Derby with her husband, two children, and their dog.

Tatyana Marks
Therapist

Tatyana has worked as an ABA therapist for over five years.  She graduated from Albertus Magnus College where she majored in Child Psychology and Education with a concentration was Child Development in 2014 and earned her Masters in Special Education in May of 2018. 

 

Tatyana has experience working with a diverse population of students ranging in ages of 3-18 in private school and home settings.  I enjoy seeing the influence I make on my students and I will remain making the incredible impact that I have when it comes them.

 

Tatyana recently moved to Waterbury.  She enjoys seeing the impact ABA makes with her students, and she looks forward to continuing to working with children in special education.  

Vanessa Ortiz
Therapist

Vanessa has been working with children since she was sixteen years old. Her goal is to facilitate in the developmental growth of each of the children she works with. Inspired by a student who was in her toddler classroom with an Autism diagnosis, she wanted to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis.

She graduated with her Master’s degree in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019 from the University of Saint Joseph. She has experience working as an ABA therapist in the home setting and in the school setting for the past 2 years. 

 

Vanessa Lives in Bristol, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and close friends.

Kim Parciasepe
Therapist

Kim has always had a passion to work with children and has been doing so since she was in high school.  Kim graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelors of Social Work, and she has been teaching children as an ABA Therapist for Newtown Public Schools for the past 9 years.

Kim lives in Bethel with her husband and dog Bristol. She enjoys spending time outside, going on hikes with her family, and trips to the beach.

Jenny Acevedo
Therapist

Jenny earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2015 . Upon graduation, Jenny joined the Project EARLY research team at Yale University where she helped in the identification and early intervention of low- income and minority children with Autism.  

 

For three years, Jenny also worked for the Wilson Family Resource Center where she educated parents in child development and facilitated activities to help improve school readiness and parent involvement in her own community of Waterbury.  

 

Jenny’s passion for research and children with Autism fueled her to received a Master of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2018. While completing her degree Jenny worked for Birth to Three as a Developmental Therapist where she used the principles of applied behavior analysis to promote skill acquisition.  Jenny is completing her supervised hours to sit for the BCBA exam. 

Cody
Therapist

Coming Soon!