Ludmila Costenco, BCBA
M.S., BCBA, LBA – Maryland
Ludmila Costenco is a Behavior Analyst and psychologist with 20 years of experience working with children and young adults with autism. She is adept at delivering services for families as a whole. She is open to providing services and support in three languages.
Through her career she worked with Children’s Hospital in Republic of Moldova, Hussmann Institute for Autism and Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Ludmila says a common question she gets from parents and caregivers is, “how can I make my child experience better and be able to have a normal life as my friend’s family?” She shares that once you learn the reason for a behavior and the way for your child to communicate efficiently, you can replace the undesired behavior with socially appropriate behavior and that is the first step to more balanced life. Teaching to communicate and learning to accept and listen to your child is the key to success.
As a behavior analyst who works directly with children and supervises services in the region. Ludmila finds enjoyment in finding solutions to any problem or barrier by using her creativity and working with a team to make improvements for patients and their families, while acknowledging and embracing cultural diversity and differences in values of each family. She is adept of the active engagement of the family as a whole in the treatment and development of the child is a critical point for achieving and maintaining long-term success.
“I think parent training is a significant part of ABA therapy because it gives parent/caregivers tools and skills to make the connections with their child they once struggled to have. A chance to experience joy in life. There is nothing more reinforcing for a therapist than the smile of a parent whose child ran essential name, was able to play or made eye contact for the first time.”