Connecting the Pieces strives to connect kids with differences to endless possibilities by utilizing highly skilled professionals to provide supports and deliver research based instruction to each student so they can reach their fullest potential and enjoy the most fulfilling and rewarding life possible.
Connecting the Pieces, LLC offers a variety of services to help improve the lives of children with special needs and their families. We specialize in providing treatment to children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, and other disorders as well as children with no diagnosis but who present with challenging behaviors. We strive to help each child by developing individualized educational, behavioral, play, and/or social goals based on each child’s unique strengths and needs. We work collaboratively with families, schools and all of the important people in the child’s life (parents, grandparents, speech, OT, teachers, etc.) so there is a collaborative effort to help each child reach his/her fullest potential. Connecting the Pieces, LLC provides educational and behavioral services to students through Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts, Behavior Specialist Services, Behavior Therapists, Personal Care Assistants, Functional Behavior Assessments, Certified Special Education Tutoring, Behavior Intervention Plans, Skill Assessments, Family and Staff training, and Social Skills training and groups. Connecting the Pieces, LLC prides itself on providing quality services to all the students, families, and schools it serves.
About the Founder & CEO
Lisa Kowalski, M.A., BCBA began her career in helping those with special needs while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. As a behavior & education therapist, Lisa provided direct therapy as well as social skills training for students with autism which guided her to obtain a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. While pursing her masters she continued her work as a therapist and continued to gain more knowledge and expertise that laid the ground work for future consultation. Lisa became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2005. Since that time Lisa continues to provide consultation services and well as supervision for BCBAs in training and continues to attend various workshops and trainings to further her knowledge and education in special needs services.
About the Executive Director
Kara Renninger joined CTP after her own journey in Special Education. After her children were identified for special education services, she began researching appropriate supports and received training in special education and ABA/VB so that she could assist in ensuring her kids received the best education possible. Kara also spent time teaching her children directly while they were home schooled. She has excellent organizational skills, has a great knowledge of ABA/VB and special education, and has a personal connection to understanding the struggles families go through when needing special education services for their child. Kara regularly attends team meetings and is able to assist in bringing the students’ needs and services together to ensure a comprehensive program for each student.
About the Clinical Director
Leigh M. O’Brien, M.A., BCBA, holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis from Caldwell College. She began her career in the field of behavior analysis working as a therapist on a home based ABA program that utilized B.F. Skinner’s conceptual analysis of verbal behavior. In 2004 she started her mentorship under Dr. Vincent Carbone as a 1:1 instructor at the Carbone Clinic and between 2004-2009 held a variety of positions at the clinic including lead instructor, consultation evaluator, Clinic Supervisor of Education and Therapy, and Outreach Consultant. Between 2009-2012 Leigh was the Assistant Director of Milagre Kids School where she provided supervision, educational and behavioral support to the students and staff. Since 2009, Leigh has continued to provide private behavioral and educational consultation for individual learners diagnosed with autism and related disabilities. From 2010 until 2016 she worked with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance – Autism Initiative as an independent contractor working with local school districts and Intermediate Units. Leigh is excited to move into the Clinical Director role with Connecting the Pieces and is looking forward to continuing her work helping professionals and families access quality behavior analytic and educational services and support.
About Employees and Contractors
Connecting the Pieces has highly qualified therapists, consultants and teachers to implement education and behavior plans. All Behavior Specialists are either Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Board Certified Associated Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), or pursuing certification and have met Connecting the Piece’s requirements to provide consultative services. Education tutors hold certifications in special education and receive training in behavior principals. We also have therapists/instructors who specialize in ABA/VB.