Ben began his career in teaching and producing positive behavior change at the New England Center for Children (NECC). In 1998, he left NECC to assist a local public school district in building an ABA-based inclusion program for children with autism spectrum disorders, one of the earliest of its kind, which would go on to serve as a model for school districts across the Commonwealth. He has held numerous roles in his time there, including supervision for the kindergarten/first grade ABA inclusion program and district-wide behavior consultant, which allowed him to work with parents and educators facing a wide variety of behavioral challenges and diagnoses associated with autism, conduct disorder, communication disorder, emotional disturbance, oppositional defiant disorder, and selective mutism. In 2008, a colleague convinced him to visit Crossroads to see a school play. He found the school’s vision and mission of improving the quality of life for individuals with autism perfectly matched his own, which prompted his application to Crossroads.
In recent years, Ben conducted symposia on assessing preference and teaching social skills to students with autism at regional and national conferences. He has provided a wide range of trainings on how to produce meaningful behavior change for school personnel and parents in various districts across the state.
In 2014, Ben was awarded the Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year award from the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy for meaningfully changing the lives of individuals using applied behavior analytic technology. Ben loves working at Crossroads because it affords him the ability to work directly with a close-knit community of students, parents, and educators.
In his private life, Ben loves spending time with his family and being outdoors three seasons of the year, when he hikes, mountain bikes, and looks for places to fish in beautiful New England. While his days of going on tour are over, he also still enjoys playing occasional shows with his rock band.