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A Dedicated Team Working for You and Your Child

At Positive Behavioral Connections, we are a team of highly-trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and therapists dedicated to applying the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to help your child reach his or her full potential. We are here for you, every step of the way.

Allie Sheehan

M.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Center Clinical Director

Allie received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Creighton University and continued on to earn her master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 2015, Allie became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Allie has been working with children with autism in home, school, and clinic-based settings since 2011. Allie has a strong interest in implementing evidence-based programs in the area of verbal behavior, providing parent training and support, and functional behavior analysis. Allie also has an interest in generalizing social skills to a natural group environment. Allie is dedicated to working with families to develop the most functional individualized treatment goals for each of her clients.

Elise Johnson

M.S., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Case Manager

Elise received her undergraduate degree from the Illinois State University in Special Education. She continued on to earn her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Aurora University before sitting for her board certification exam in August 2019. Elise has been working with children with autism and other disabilities since 2013 within school, home, and clinic settings. Her interests include developing and fostering social skills, independence with daily living tasks and activities, and natural environment learning.

Ryan Roche

M.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Case Manager

Ryan received her undergraduate degree in special education from Bradley University and continued on to Ball State University, where she earned a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis before sitting for her board certification exam in August 2019. Ryan has been working with children with disabilities in home, clinic, and school-based settings since 2011. Ryan’s interests include early intervention assessment and programming, verbal behavior instruction, collaboration with school and other services outside of ABA, natural environment teaching and play-based learning.

Laura Grabowski

M.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Case Manager

Laura received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Neuroscience. She continued on to earn her master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University before sitting for her board certification exam in February 2018. Laura has been working with children with autism and other disabilities since 2015. Her interests include implementing individualized evidence-based programs focusing on play-based learning, peer and adult social skills, and verbal language development. 

Laura loves watching her clients grow and develop. She is dedicated to working with her clients and families to improve their overall quality of life.

Kim Wedoff

M.S., CCC-SLP, Lead Speech-Language Pathologist

Kim received her bachelor’s degree in Merchandising and Business from Eastern Illinois University.  Shortly thereafter, she received a master’s degree in Business Management from National Louis University and a second master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Nova Southeastern University. Kim has experience working in a variety of settings including home health, schools, and clinics.  She has provided speech and language therapy for children with various diagnoses including receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, articulation and phonology disorders, fluency disorders, pragmatic language disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.  Kim holds an Illinois license in speech-language pathology and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is also an Illinois Early Intervention service provider and evaluator.

Mary O’Boyle

OTD, OTR/L

Mary received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology at Loras College while playing collegiate level soccer. She continued her education at Drake University to earn her doctorate degree in occupational therapy. Mary puts an emphasis on evidence-based practice and has a passion for helping kids and families be able to participate in everyday activities. She has experience in school-based therapy, outpatient therapy, inpatient therapy, and working with a variety of diagnoses, with a primary focus on helping children and families be as independent as possible. When not working, Mary enjoys spending time outside and traveling.