Hand Over Hand serves children of all ages and young adults with varied diagnoses (Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, ADHD), learning disabilities, and developmental delays (social, emotional, behavioral). The Hand Over Hand team utilizes the research-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and is dedicated to meeting the specific needs and goals of each family. Each home-based program is designed to address long-term goals by breaking down complex skills into smaller, attainable components.
We look forward to getting to know your family and working together towards growth and success!
Nicole Bednarski is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. She has worked in public and private school settings, both as a teacher and a district behavior analyst. In addition, Nicole has extensive home-based program experience as a therapist, coordinator, and supervisor. From early intervention to adulthood, Nicole works with children and young adults of all ages and skill levels and provides training to their families.
Susan Marcovsky earned her BA in psychology from the University of Maryland. Through Susan’s personal journey and experience, she recognizes the challenges and rewards of raising a child with special needs. She understands first-hand the evolving needs of families coping with disabilities and that identifying high-quality resources is the first step to making meaningful progress. Susan’s services help clarify the complex, often overwhelming array of available doctors, schools, services, and home programs, identifying the best course of action for each individual family.
Casey Dipsey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and holds a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. Casey gained clinical experience working with children and adolescents with a range of disabilities at Caldwell University’s Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. During her time there, Casey developed skills as a staff trainer while holding a position as a graduate assistant. Casey received the BABAT student research award in 2015 for her research under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Vladescu. She has also gained extensive experience working in the homes of children with special needs, consulting in schools, and providing training to parents.
Jaime Ann DeQuinzio, Ph.D., BCBA-D has specialized in the education and treatment of individuals with autism for over 16 years. She currently coordinates the research program at Alpine Learning Group and is an adjunct lecturer in the Psychology Department at Caldwell University. She has provided consultation and training in both public and private schools and to families regarding the clinical application of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. DeQuinzio has served as guest reviewer for many journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavior Modification, The Psychological Record, Behavioral Interventions, and Research in Developmental Disabilities. She has published research and book chapters on topics including observational learning, social referencing, video modeling, independence, and problem behavior and has presented her work at both local and national conferences.
Lori Mastrogiacomo, M.A., BCBA, is the Director of Outreach at the Connecticut Center for Child Development (CCCD), a private nonprofit program serving individuals with autism and related disorders. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology (behavior analysis track) from the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of NY. Ms. Mastrogiacomo previously developed a parent training program at New Jersey Medical School-UMDNJ, worked as Clinical Director at the Educational Partnership for Instructing Children (EPIC), and was an Outreach Case Manager at Alpine Learning Group. She has worked with children and adolescents with autism in home, school and community settings and has presented at numerous conferences in the areas of autism and applied behavior analysis. She is Past President of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA), and Past President of the Autism SIG of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).
Mark Mautone, M.A. is a Lead Teacher for the Hoboken Public School District ABA/Autism Program. Mr. Mautone was selected as the 2015 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. An educator for 19 years in special education, he received his bachelor’s degree from Kean University and master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. He serves on various advisory boards that support educational programming and activities for children with autism within the school and local community. Mr. Mautone is a proponent for using technology to enhance instruction for children with autism. He has given presentations from New York City to San Francisco on topics such as using apps in the classroom, instructional strategies, and effectively integrating technology. His dedication extends to organizations and parent groups that include: Autism Speaks, Autism NJ, Macworld, and Apple Inc. Mr. Mautone has been nationally recognized by the work he has done for teaching children with autism and integrating technology into his classroom. He has authored articles and lent his expertise on autism and technology in interviews for media outlets that include: WCBS 880 (NYC), News12 NJ, Fios 1 News, Parenting.com, NJ Teachers Magazine, Angelman Today, SpecialNeeds.com, NJEA Review Magazine, The Jersey Journal, Autism NJ Beacon, AllVoices.com (San Francisco), Star Ledger (NJ), Morning News (Aruba), and MyVeronaNJ.com.
Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Director at the Institute for Educational Achievement (IEA). Dr. Rozenblat earned his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell College. He has been working with individuals with autism for nearly 15 years. He has presented at conferences on various topics including differential schedules of reinforcement, staff training, promoting independence in students with autism, teaching language and social skills to individuals with autism, and teaching joint attention skills to individuals with autism. Dr. Rozenblat has served as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Caldwell College. He has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals and served as a guest editor for Behavior Modification. His research interests include teaching joint attention skills to individuals with autism, and using script and script-fading procedures to enhance the language repertoires of individuals with autism. For the last 4 years, Dr. Rozenblat has served as a Representative at Large on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA), and for the last two years, he has served as the publications chair person for the organization. Dr. Rozenblat is the current President of NJABA.
Nicole and Susan first became acquainted in a public school-based setting, which evolved into Nicole working with Susan and her family in both the home and community. Through this collaboration, they recognized the value of an agency which integrates both parental and professional viewpoints. Hand Over Hand was founded with the idea that these perspectives go “hand in hand.” Our advantage is this combination of 360-degree vision, top-quality services, and multi-faceted perspective.
“Our son has been receiving ABA services from Hand over Hand for the past year. Prior to starting with Hand over Hand, we tried another provider for 9 months and it was a disaster. We were reluctant to start in-home services again, but we can say now that Hand over Hand is one of the best things which happened for our son. Hand over Hand has one of the best teams which includes Nicole as the BCBA, Susan as the Director and excellent therapists. They all are professionals with a personal touch. Our son has shown a lot of progress in all his programs, he is communicating more, he is happy and his behaviors are so much less now. Nicole keeps an excellent oversight on all his programs, provides strategies to the therapists on a regular basis and also coordinates with the school teacher to align school and home programs. Now, we have a better understanding of the progress being made in the school programs as well. The therapists who work with our son are well trained, warm, loving and very accommodating. They have been able to establish a perfect balance between a structured ABA approach required for learning and at the same time have a personal loving and affectionate approach. Susan seamlessly manages all insurance related issues and she is really good with it. We don’t have to worry about any insurance related issues. She keeps them in check… It’s for the first time we have ever felt that there are people who are working as a team for the wellbeing of our son and they are covering all the aspects. We are lucky to come in contact with such wonderful people and will always be thankful for what they have done for us…”
– Upender & Astha K.
“Ms. Nicole Bednarski has been working with our son for the last 2 years. Over that time our son greatly improved his social skills, started to read and write and built up other academic skills. She’s very patient, highly skilled, dedicated and very easily adapts to our son’s needs. We strongly believe that without Ms. Nicole our son’s progress would not be the same. We’ll be forever grateful for her presence in our life.”
– Boguslawa and Roman M.
“After having the same teacher for over two years, as parents, we were reluctant because any transition for my son was difficult. Nicole won him over in no time, and his behavioral outbursts didn’t deter her for a second. Nicole worked tirelessly with both my son and our family on interventions that she had put in place. Due to the home visits and parent training, our son became more involved with the family and my other two children learned how to play and interact with him. Our family is so fortunate to have had Nicole be an integral part in my son’s journey.”
– Francis and Caitlin D.
1:1 student to therapist ratio with coordination by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). NJ service areas: Morris, Essex, Bergen, Somerset, Middlesex, Hudson, Passaic, Union, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, and Monmouth County. NY service areas: Manhattan and Rockland County.
Small group instruction to develop and generalize social skills. Both individual and group goals are identified.
Designed to determine why specific behaviors are occurring at home and/or in school.
Learn techniques for increasing positive behavior, skill acquisition, and providing reinforcement. Great for parents, grandparents, siblings, and caregivers.
Skill development for increasing independence at home and in the community. Goals are developed to help attain jobs, live independently or with minimal support.
For any graduate student seeking certification hours toward his or her BCBA.
Provide supplemental learning and support to help your child achieve his or her academic goals.
Home-based 1:1 Speech and Language Therapy.
Professional review of your child’s IEP goals.
Review of your child’s school program, behavior systems, collaboration with teachers and/or Child Study Team, Functional Behavior Assessments, IEP review and suggestions.
If your child is newly diagnosed and you are unsure about next steps, if you are working or have full time responsibilities, or if you simply need assistance at any stage sorting through the array of decisions related to your child’s diagnosis, we can help!
Hand Over Hand provides individualized programming to meet your child’s academic, behavioral, and social goals. Our center-based facility is incorporated within the nurturing setting of the Little Learner Academy preschool. Our program is designed to systematically teach children according to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). What makes our program unique is that we offer a full array of center-based services from fully supported inclusion within a traditional preschool class to self-contained classrooms. Our center hours are flexible so that we are able to accommodate varied schedules.
Hand Over Hand at Little Learner Academy
89 US-46 • Denville, NJ 07834
Each child is provided with support for successful and functional inclusion. Integrating with peers for developing social relationships and generalized learning is a focus of our program. Any skills that your child may need to further develop will be addressed and taught either within the traditional preschool classroom or within a separate classroom with other children with similar needs.
Individualized programs and services are created so that goals are attainable and progress is measurable. We are passionate about developing a program so that each child meets his or her potential. Peers within Little Learner Academy will be accessible for smaller group activities within the self-contained setting for the mutual benefit of all of the children involved. Both pre-school and primary classes are offered.
Supplemental services are available both during and after school. In accordance with an IEP or 504, related services may be provided and should be discussed directly with each child’s case manager.
Social skills development is crucial to long term emotional health. Groups are established by age and current skill level and range from 3-21. Integrated social skills groups are also available. Please contact us for current availability and class schedules.
Classes are offered both during and after school and may include yoga, dance, computers, and stretching/nutrition. Both special needs classes and supported traditional classes are available. Please contact us for current class schedules.
1 Forest Court
Morris Plains, NJ 07950