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A LETTER FROM DR. VINCENT J. CARBONE, ED.D., BCBA-D

I am writing to announce some good news. I will be transferring the ownership of the Carbone Clinic to Ms. Gina Tirri and Dr. Emily Sweeney-Kerwin, effective January 1, 2020. While this announcement is bitter-sweet for me I am pleased that my long-standing colleagues and friends will be carrying on what we started together in April, 2003. Both Gina and Emily have been with the Carbone Clinic since the day we opened our doors in Valley Cottage, NY. We selected them in 2003 specifically for their skills and commitment to the service of persons with disabilities and their families. Over the 16 years of service to children in our clinic they have distinguished themselves as outstanding behavior analysts with impeccable credentials and ethical conduct beyond reproach. Moreover, in the past 5 years, Emily and Gina have managed the Carbone Clinic with only input from Suzanne and me at a distance. This experience has positioned them well to accept the transfer of the clinic seamlessly and consistent with the high level of services you have come to expect from us. One of my goals has always been to train behavior analysts and leaders who will ultimately continue our service model without my direct guidance. That time has come. All that being said, I will continue to have contact with Gina and Emily and will be there for them if they need my support.

With the transfer of ownerships the name of the organization will change as well. The Carbone Clinic will now be All Points Licensed Behavior Analysts (www.allpointsaba.com). Although the name has changed, the dedication to effective, professional, and client-centered services that began with Carbone Clinic in 2003, will continue through All Points Licensed Behavior Analysts under the leadership of Gina and Emily.

Suzanne and I also want to take this opportunity to thank our community of parents, school district personnel, and professionals for allowing us to support your efforts to provide effective educational and therapeutic services to the children with autism. I wish you and the persons you serve continued success.

Our mission is to provide evidence-based behavior analytic services to learners with autism and other developmental disabilities through direct services and training of family members and educators. We accomplish this by insuring that the learner’s progress occurs through the arrangement of teaching environments which are mostly positive and arranged to ultimately allow the learner to continue to develop language and other skills in typical community and family settings.

1. Every learner has the potential to develop skills beyond their current level and should be free of behaviors and activities that cause injury, pain, or limit opportunities for full community involvement.

2. Communication skills and other skills that lead to rewarding personal relationships, well being, vocational productivity, and self-determined daily activities should be targeted.

3. Reliance on the evidenced-based literature of the science of applied behavior analysis and its underlying assumptions will lead to the best possible learner outcomes.

4. Functional communication is the foundation that supports the development of skills in all areas and therefore B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and the supporting empirical work informs our treatment and instructional recommendations.

5. Reliable data which are gathered and analyzed on a schedule sufficient to make informed decisions is necessary to achieve the best outcomes for our learners.