About

Ability Builders & Associates:  Autism Spectrum Disorders, Orange County NY and Rockland County NY 

Ability Builders & Associates offers a wide range of services to families, children, caregivers, teachers, and school districts in Orange and Rockland County, New York. Ability Builders & Associates services children with many different diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and other developmental disabilities that prevents a child from fitting in academically, emotionally, or socially.

Patricia McDonnell-Megahey began Ability Builders & Associates in response to the ever–growing need to educate families with children on the Autism Spectrum. She began by providing early intervention and preschool services to children in Orange County, New York. As the children grew and their needs change, so did her business.

Ability-Bulideers-Home-PuzzlePatricia received her Masters of Science Special Education in 2000 from CUNY Lehman College and is a New York State Certified Special Education Teacher K-12.  In 2005 she received her BCaBA and in 2011, she received her Behavior Analyst Certification (BCBA).  New York State recognized Patricia as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in 2014.

Family life is extremely important to Patricia. Growing up, she was one of 10 children in her family. She learned early on that each child in a family is an individual, requiring different needs. This has allowed Patricia to tailor her business and teaching style to each and every student with special needs.

Patricia has taught children with many different disabilities for over 14 years. She is able to communicate using American Sign Language, and has extensive training in Verbal Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Her love of children on the Autism Spectrum, as well as her teaching background, has allowed her to develop her business to meet the many changing educational needs of children and families with in Orange and Rockland counties.

Patricia is also a Consultant to school districts in Orange and Rockland Counties in New York State for children in need of behavior management in school. Some of the services that she provides are ABA therapy, Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA’s), and writing of Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP’s). Patricia also provides Teacher Training for teachers and school support staff on behavior management, ABA, Autism, Asperger’s, and Oppositional Defiant Behaviors. In conjunction with Teacher Training, she teaches how to collect data, implement behavior plans, develop Functional Behavior Assessments, and write Behavior Plans. She also assess, designs and implements educational programs for children with disabilities in their home using an ABA model.

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