Founders


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Peri Vella, PsyD, BCBA, LBA:
Executive Director

  After receiving her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Psychology from St. John’s University, Peri took her coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and various developmental disabilities for over ten years.  As the former Program Director of an Early Intervention Program, Peri has extensive experience in early childhood, managing an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, conducting psychological evaluations, and applying behavioral principles to teaching young children with special needs.  She specializes in supervising therapists and providing training to both parents and professionals.  Peri provides pre- and post-doctoral supervision to psychology graduate students and supervises students pursuing Advanced Degrees in ABA.  She has traveled internationally to provide professional trainings and create special education programs in Vietnam.  Her passion is in training others to understand and change behavior in order to support the success and learning of every child.  

Reach out to Peri at peri@bridgekidsny.com.


Danielle LoVecchio, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCBA, LBA:  
Executive Director

Dani is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in New York and New Jersey and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of New York.  Uniquely, Dani is one of approximately 320 SLP-BCBA's in the world and she is able to pull from both professions to provide the best therapy possible.   She has over 10 years of experience working with children with a diagnosis of Autism and it is her absolute passion in life.  Her therapy is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which makes it unique to typical speech and language services.  Dani specializes in receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, pragmatic language disorders, and oral motor/behavioral feeding interventions.  She is a strong proponent of hugs, kisses, tickles, and peek-a-boo for the little ones, and following her older client's interests  in order to target important life and socialization skills. In her free time, Dani enjoys spending time with her husband Steve, walking their dog Baxter and finally getting to play with her own child, her daughter Hadley!

Reach out to Dani at dani@bridgekidsny.com.