Multi-Specialty Treatment and Support for Children With Autism in Norwell
At Alternatives ABA, we coordinate care across several specialties under one roof: ABA therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and more.
I founded Alternatives ABA in 2015 after becoming frustrated with what was available for my own son. Faced with an autism diagnosis, we went through five providers before I decided to build what we and other families needed. We had few “alternatives” back then. Today, there are almost too many choices. And yet, coordinated ABA, speech therapy, and occupational therapy can be difficult to find. Alternatives ABA offers ABA, SLP, and OT under one roof. Our team of talented BCBAs, RBTs, SLPs, and OTs develops individualized, evidence-based, and family-centric treatment plans that build on your child’s strengths, incorporate their interests, and make learning new skills fun.
We look forward to meeting your family! Here’s to hope & happiness!
Susan Habchy, MPA, MEd, BCBA, LABA, LBA
How to Find Our Norwell, MA Center
76 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, MA 02061
8am – 6pm
Rte. 3 to exit 35 MA-228 N toward Hingham. Left on 228.
Right onto Accord Park Drive.
Alternatives ABA Norwell, MA
Rte. 3 to exit 35 MA-228 N toward Hingham.
Left on 228. Right onto Accord Park Drive.
8am – 6pm
Alternatives ABA, Norwell
Get Started With ABA Therapy in Norwell
Customized, Compassionate ABA Therapy in Norwell, MA
Our approach focuses on collaborative care to provide better support to your child and your entire family.
We are now accepting clients, with little to no wait time, for all of our programs.
Home- and Community-Based ABA
We offer both home- and center-based ABA to provide hands-on therapy and fun in the environment best suited for your child’s success.
Join us for intensive one-on-one therapy supervised by skilled BCBAs at our 15,000-square-foot center. Trampolines, swings, toys, a cardio gym for our older kiddos, and an outdoor play space for all!
If in-person care isn’t an option, our specialists are just as skilled and animated during our HIPAA-compliant remote ABA, speech, and occupational therapies.
Pre-K/Kindergarten Readiness Programs
Help your child prepare for the structure of a classroom. Your two- to five-year-old will love our small groups where therapists sneak pre-academic skills into the fun.
Social and Functional Living Skills Programs
Build your community with other families through our ABA-based social and fitness groups. We also offer group outings, parent and caregiver education, as well as sibling support groups.
Does your child have feeding, sensory, or coordination challenges? Our OT specialists will work to develop your child’s fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and more to help them thrive.
Whether it’s a speech delay or language challenge, our highly specialized providers help your child communicate feelings, desires, and ideas — giving them the independence they crave.
Music and art turn therapy into passionate expression and a source of self-esteem for children of all ages and abilities.
Our Mission at Alternatives ABA Norwell
To improve the overall quality of life of individuals and families impacted by autism by providing exceptional strength-based child- and family-centered therapies and family supports based on the principles and practices of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
We envision a world where all children are recognized for their individual strengths, not their deficits, and where all families impacted by autism have access to the services and support they need in order to live their best possible lives.
A well-supported family is better able to support the child.
CATHERINE CZERWONKA, MA, BCBA
Director of ABA Operations
Catherine is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has accumulated more than 11 years of experience in the field of ABA working with children. While most of her experience has been in the area of early intervention using the verbal behavior approach, she also has extensive experience teaching daily living and independent skills, social skills, functional communication, and crisis intervention across multiple settings.
Catherine was born and raised in Massachusetts and lived and worked in Florida for 10 years after obtaining her Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of South Florida. She has held multiple management and operations positions within an organization in Florida while continuing to provide direct care to the clients she supervised.
In addition to her passion for working with children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Catherine also has strong interests in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and applying the ABA principles to health, sports, and fitness goals. Outside of work, Catherine enjoys being active outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her dogs and cats.
Catherine influences Alternatives ABA’s growth at the national level via her contributions to policy & Procedures, best practices, training components, etc.
Regional Director of Speech and Language Pathology
Mary graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi and her second Master’s of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders from Mississippi University for Women in 2002. Before joining the ALTABA team, she worked as a speech language pathologist in hospital pediatric outpatient rehabilitation settings in Mississippi and Massachusetts. She also worked in the public school system as a special educator for 12 years. She currently works as a part-time instructor at Bridgewater State University where she teaches undergrad students in special education and supervises special education teacher candidates at the undergrad and graduate levels. Mary is passionate about functional communication and bringing ABA and SLP together for spectacular outcomes!
Mary currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Jon, and her two sons Tim and Tobie. She loves to sing and incorporate music into her therapy sessions.
Mary also enjoys cooking and baking traditional southern delicacies from scratch. She loves to travel and enjoys cheering on her Mississippi State University Bulldogs whenever the opportunity arises!
STEPHANIE FITZGERALD, MS, OTR/L
Director Occupational Therapy Operations
Stephanie graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in 2018 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. While at MCPHS University, Stephanie completed her pediatric fieldwork at Nemours Children’s Hospital, where she provided OT services to children in the outpatient and autism diagnosis clinics.
Prior to joining the Alternatives ABA team, Stephanie provided occupational therapy services to children and adults in the acute care, school system, and skilled nursing/sub-acute care settings.
Stephanie loves working with the pediatric population and before becoming an OT worked as an ABA behavior technician and a special education teacher assistant.
Stephanie is passionate about collaborating with children and their families to help kids reach their personal and developmental goals through a fun, play-based approach.
In her free time Stephanie enjoys working out, playing with her dog, traveling, and spending time with family and friends!
Courtney was born and raised in Columbia, SC. She is a graduate of Newberry College where she earned a B.S. in Physical Education. Courtney developed a more intense passion for children with special needs while spending three years as an assistant in special education classes in SC.
In 2011, Courtney took an opportunity to join a start up non profit and began as one of the initial three RBT’s at The Unumb Center For Neurodevelopment.
Courtney served in numerous roles through her years at The Unumb Center. She worked as an RBT, a lead therapist, and served most recently as the Director of Operations for the 5 years previous to her joining Alternatives ABA. In this role Courtney wore numerous hats overseeing the day-to-day operations for the ABA program (serving ages 2-21) working closely with the clinical team, families and RBT’s to ensure the best services were provided to all clients & families served.
Courtney has a huge passion for individuals on the spectrum and serving others. Courtney loves developing relationships with clients, families and staff and possesses a huge desire to inspire others.
Her professional interests include OBM, staff development, and performance management. Courtney recently moved to Massachusetts with her wife Kristen and dog Oliver to start the next chapter of their lives in New England. Courtney is ecstatic to join the Alternatives ABA team in an operational role as a Site Manager. She is eager to meet everyone, learn the organization and jump in wherever needed.
Meet the Norwell Care Team
CATHERINE CZERWONKA, MA, BCBA
Director of ABA Operations
Regional Director of Speech and Language Pathology
Director, Occupational Therapy Operations
Frequently Asked Questions
What is autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a broad range of challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication triggered by genetic and environmental factors. People with autism may have varying abilities, and some people with autism require lifelong support, while others can live independently.
What are the signs of autism?
Some common signs of autism include:
- Eye contact avoidance.
- Speech or communication delay.
- Reliance on routines or self-imposed rules.
- Intolerance of minor changes in routine.
- Disruptive reactions to sounds, tastes, sights, touch, and smells
- Difficulty interpreting emotions.
- Obsession with a narrow range of interests or objects.
- Repetitive behavior (i.e. flapping, rocking, or tapping).
- Inability to respond to one’s name by 12 months.
- Inability to point out distant objects by 14 months.
How is autism diagnosed?
Pediatricians, psychologists, neurologists, and other medical professionals rely on your description of your child’s developmental history, then assess behavior using a variety of diagnostic tools. The earlier the diagnosis is made and ABA and skills training begin, the better outcomes you can expect.
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a series of learning interventions based on the science of learning and behavior. The goal of ABA is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate that these interventions are responsible for behavior improvement.
How does ABA work?
ABA therapists observe a child’s every behavior, then either increase or decrease it through exercises and interventions. They work to improve communication, social skills, academics, reading, and adaptive living skills such as gross and fine motor skills, toileting, dressing, eating, personal self-care, domestic skills, and work skills.
Do I need insurance?
Insurance is not required, but paying for ABA services “out of pocket” is often out of reach for the average family. Countless moms, dads, and legislators have worked to make autism coverage in Massachusetts the best in the country. Having insurance coverage will help to cover the cost of your child’s ABA therapy. If you need help with Massachusetts insurance coverage, contact the Autism Insurance Resource Center at https://massairc.org/
What insurance plans do you accept?
Am I Covered is an easy-to-use screening tool to help you determine whether your insurance is subject to the Massachusetts Autism Insurance Law (also known as ARICA). We accept all major insurance plans in Massachusetts.