an Applied Behavior Analysis company

With the belief that each child can learn, Verbal Beginnings promotes independence and improves the quality of life for children with developmental disabilities through a custom treatment approach based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

our services

Plans are developed to reduce problem behaviors such as non-compliance, aggression, self-injury, and stimming.

Through vocal language, sign language, and/or picture exchange, children are taught how to communicate.

Picky eaters are taught to expand their food repertoire, while reducing behavior problems at the table.

Independence of toileting, washing, brushing, dressing, and other ADLs are taught using task analyses.

The ability to communicate and interact with others is taught using our Social Beginnings Curriculum.

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Our Process

The process is individualized for each person depending on their history, needs and coverage.

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Upon receiving your intake paperwork our BCBAs will contact you to set up an initial consultation.

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The BCBA will decide which assessments will be the most appropriate for your child.

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treatment plan

Once the direct assessments are completed, the BCBA will develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

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Direct therapy is delivered and progress is evaluated on an ongoing basis.

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The BCBA will set up monthly meetings to implement family training.

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real world

The goal of our therapy is to generalize skills across all settings and people.

Our Story

Verbal Beginnings was born out of the need of having quality in-home ABA therapy for children with autism and a supportive and educational network for families. Starting out with only 2 BCBAs and their vision to make a difference in the field, Verbal Beginnings quickly blossomed into a multi-state entity through word of mouth and the support of the community.

  • Nick Chappell, MS, BCBA, LBA Managing Partner and Founder

    Nick Chappell holds a Masters of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Over the past 15 years, Nick has worked in school, home and residential placements providing therapy and consultative services to children diagnosed with Autism. 

  • Diana Wolf, MA, BCBA, LBA CEO and Founder

    Diana Wolf graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She discovered her passion for feeding and working with kids with autism from working at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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funding options


ABA therapy is now covered by insurance companies! See if your insurance company is in our network.


Grants can be used when paying for ABA privately and can offset the costs of copays/deductibles and anything insurance doesn’t cover.

Local Resources

Different counties offer different programs for students diagnosed with autism. Check whether these resources are available to you.

Private Pay

If there are no opportunities available with the other funding options, paying privately is always an option.