We serve children who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities, autism, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and other behavioral diagnoses.
Positive Behavior and Developmental Specialists (PBDS) was established in 2016 by two Board Certified Behavior Analysts with the vision to provide high-quality ABA services to children with autism and developmental disabilities. After decades of working for various companies, we wanted to focus on quality ABA services over quantity so our team focuses on providing quality programming, supervising, and training staff to practice ABA therapy.
Our motivation to serve our clients is not limited to profit but our strong desire to provide quality services and make a difference. We understand it’s a long road with lots of ups and downs for our families, but we want to take that journey with them and help their children shine and reach their full abilities. We also want our employees to learn and grow in the field and to potentially become analysts.
About the Owners
Helina Pierre, MS, BCBA
Helina graduated from Florida International University in 2005. She received her Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2011. She is currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and co-owner of PBDS.
Helina began her clinical experience in 2003 at an autism treatment center in South Florida where she provided ABA services to children diagnosed with autism in home, school, and clinic settings. In 2007, she joined the North Dade Early Steps Evaluation team through the University of Miami where she gained experience conducting standardized assessments, developing Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP), meeting with families, recommending services in a team environment, and conducting early intervention sessions. She also became a certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist specializing in providing services to children 0-5.
Helina has worked with infants, children, adolescents, adults, persons with severe disabilities and typically developing individuals. She has also worked in a variety of settings which include group homes, schools, clinics, and family homes. Helina’s area of expertise is in Verbal Behavior and natural environment training. She enjoys working with the little ones to bring out language. She believes that each behavior program should start with Mand training.
Preety Devgun, MA, BCBA
Preety started her career in psychology with an aspiration to become a counselor. She received her graduate degree in Psychology in 2004 followed by specialization in counseling psychology. A post graduate diploma in Behavior Science Technology at George Brown College, Canada in 2010 exposed her to the field of Behavior Analysis. At that point, she decided to pursue her career in ABA. She became Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2013. Then, she became a BCBA in 2014 by completing her coursework in Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). She partnered with Helina Pierre and decided to establish PBDS in 2016 to provide high-quality ABA services to children and families in need.
Preety has experience working with clients in various settings including homes, private schools, and ABA centers. She also has extensive knowledge of various diagnoses from autism to Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD). She specializes in behavior reduction programs, functional communication training, and teaching self-care skills. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults but she is passionate about working with early learners to develop their skills.
Preety believes that every child is unique and they all learn at a different pace and in a different way. She respects their individuality and wants to help them shine through any label. She takes a team approach as she involves all individuals caring for the child as part of the treatment. She believes if parents and all other professionals involved work together on specific goals then the sky is the limit!
Mission and Vision
Mission. At Positive Behavior and Developmental Specialists (PBDS), the focus is directed on overall child development by maximizing his or her full potential and building upon strengths. It helps our clients to shine through. We provide individualized high-quality ABA therapy. We maintain program integrity by providing constant supervision and feedback. We hold our team members to the highest professional and ethical standards.
Vision. Our vision is to provide services to every family in need and promote our clients to become participating members of their communities.
Get In Touch
Learn more about our company and services by calling 407-223-1298 | 321-209-2933.