What does Verbal Beginnings Do?

Verbal Beginnings provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children ages 2-18 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ABA therapy is an individualized approach that is tailored toward each child’s specific needs. Clinicians use effective researched-based strategies that have been empirically validated to make meaningful changes in each child’s life.

Why We Do What We Do

VB 13Years LogoBy utilizing the principles of ABA, Verbal Beginnings unlocks children’s potential. With individualized teaching procedures in place, clinicians make lasting progress in each child’s and family’s life.

Verbal Beginnings is here to make a difference and give every child a chance. Our philosophy of changing lives and commitment to our core values has been the driving force that has allowed us to make an impact for an entire decade. It’s the same commitment to care with an expanding footprint that allows us to serve even more amazing kiddos and their families than ever before!







Our Core Values

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  • Collaboration – Working together within the organization to meet the same goals

  • Dissemination – Spreading the knowledge about the Autism Services to those outside the field

  • Education – Teaching clients and families on the technologies used within their treatment plans

  • Innovation – Applying new technologies to stay abreast of the most recent & effective research. And giving back to the community with new research generated within the organization

  • Inspiration – Influencing others within the organization to learn & grow professionally, following their passions

  • Quality – Making quality at the core, VB strives towards excellence for our clients, families, and employees through continuous improvement.

Pledge of Care

As an organization focused on constant improvement, the Pledge of Care is the commitment made by every member of our staff to uphold the highest standards of ABA and to constantly improve every aspect of the family experience. It’s a marriage of quality standards and outcomes with top-notch family experience. Learn more about the difference the Pledge of Care makes in our blog post.

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Meet the Founders

Nick Chappell

MS, BCBA, LBA | Co-CEO and Founder | .
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nick chappel head shot on about verbal beginnings pageNick Chappell co-Founded Verbal Beginnings in 2011 and serves as the co-CEO of the organization.  Prior to founding Verbal Beginnings, Nick worked as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst providing services to children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in schools, residential programs, adult residential programs, home-based programs and center-based programs.  Nick graduated from Case Western Reserve University and completed his masters of science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University.

Diana Wolf

MA, BCBA, LBA | Co-CEO and Founder | .
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Diana wolf head shot on about verbal beginnings pageDiana Wolf received both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Human Services with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from UMBC. While completing her Bachelor’s degree, Diana worked in a Neurobehavioral Unit, providing intensive behavioral interventions as well as a private ABA Technician in the home. Both environments exposed her to the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders and how to manage behavior and teach children to acquire skills. Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree, Diana decided to expand her experience in the field and joined a Pediatric Feeding Disorders Unit. There, she learned how Applied Behavior Analysis can be used for treating picky eaters and children who struggle with feeding due to medical reasons. After 2 years of working on the Feeding Unit, successfully completing her Master’s degree, and obtaining her Behavior Analyst certification, Diana continued to gain experience in different environments; she then decided to work in the school setting as a Behavior Specialist. Throughout her journey, she formed a great relationship with Nick Chappell. Both saw a need for more attention, support, and treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which led to the formation of Verbal Beginnings.