Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Honors Positive Behavioral Connections with Award of Distinction

Naperville, IL – The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has awarded Positive Behavioral Connections with an Award of Distinction, recognizing the organization as a top behavioral service provider in the country.

“Positive Behavioral Connections has been consistently instrumental in developing innovative Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques, while at the same time adopting and implementing quality standards, that help achieve transformational results for children with autism,” said Sara Gershfeld, Founder of BHCOE. “We are pleased to commend Dr. Niki Thurkow and Emily Deeney and their organization on creating a model program that is invaluable to Naperville autism community and beyond.”

BHCOE is a trusted source for recognizing exceptional autism and special needs providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff satisfaction and qualifications and consumer satisfaction. Using standardized methods and practices, the organization acts as a third-party to measure and report on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community, through interviews with agency clinical leadership, detailed staff qualification review, an anonymous staff satisfaction survey and an anonymous consumer satisfaction survey. BHCOE awards only those service agencies that meet elite standards.

“At Positive Behavioral Connections, we approach ABA with integrity, passion, collaboration and creativity to create meaningful behavioral, social and academic outcomes for our clients with development disabilities,” said Niki Thurkow, PhD, BCBA-D, Co-Founder and Senior Behavior Analyst of Positive Behavioral Connections. “We are thrilled to be honored by BHCOE with this Award of Distinction and our dedicated team looks forward to providing creative and ethical behavioral services throughout the Naperville area for years to come.”

About Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is a trusted source for recognizing top-performing behavioral health providers. BHCOE offers a third party measurement system that differentiates top services providers from exceptional services providers. The BHCOE criterion features standards developed by subject matter experts to measure state-of-the-art behavioral health services. The organization’s partnership with Love My Provider, an online review site of services for families impacted by special needs, allows awardees to be featured as a Center of Excellence and receive referrals from For more information, visit

About Positive Behavioral Connections
Positive Behavioral Connections is dedicated to serving children with autism spectrum disorders and their families in areas that have the most influence on day-to-day living. PBC focuses exclusively on scientifically validated applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques delivered by highly trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). PBC provides ABA services primarily to children ages 18 months to 12 years, for families residing in the western suburbs of Chicago, including Naperville, Wheaton, Downers Grove and surrounding areas.
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