Allison Berard, MS, BCBA, started in mid-January as a Behavior Analyst for Easterseals. She will be responsible for training teachers, parents and caregivers how to teach school readiness, play and social interaction skills as well as how positively and successfully manage problem behavior. She is excited about her specialized role and hopes to help others understand the process. "Behavior change isn’t magic!" says Allison, "The desired outcome usually takes a lot of time, dedication and consistency but the outcomes can be magical!"
Allison Berard obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2005 and Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008 from the University of North Texas. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Owner of Behavior Launch. Before creating Behavior Launch, Allison had been practicing behavior analysis in applied settings with parents and children with special needs for fourteen years. Allison collaborated with many organizations around the country providing direct therapy, parent training and crisis intervention. She has worked with countless families developing effective plans to assist with concerns such as picky eating, sibling rivalry, family participation, homework refusal, aggressive peer play and much more. She is an active member of the International Association for Behavior Analysis and Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Her professional interests include parent training, self-regulation skills, autism and other developmental disabilities. She has worked on multiple projects over the years focused on teaching introductory behavior analysis concepts and investigating the effectiveness of parent training programs. In her free time, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, nature walks and porch lounging.