Our mission is to provide behavioral solutions for at-risk children and their families throughout the state of Mississippi.
Will's Way was founded by Dr. Kimberly Bellipanni Hargrove and Dr. Dannell Speights Roberts in hopes of providing quality, behaviorally based interventions and
therapy for families in South Mississippi. This includes behavioral intervention for tantrums, toileting problems, feeding problems, learning difficulties, dyslexia, aggression, property destruction, coping problems, social skill problems, sleeping inconsistencies, pain management and more. Our licensed staff also works with diagnoses for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome,
anxiety disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and more.
Will’s Way also offers training programs for educators and schools. For a full list of these, see our School Corner.
Dr. Hargrove and Dr. Roberts completed their doctoral training at top research facilities in the areas of Pediatrics and Behavioral Psychology (Johns Hopkins
Medical School and The May Institute).
Currently, we operate two fully staffed locations in Hattiesburg and Gulfport. We also have a small satellite clinic in Summit.
In addition to these sites, we have several therapists and trained staff who travel around the state (in and around Jackson, Mississippi, east and west of Hattiesburg, and all of the Mississippi Gulf Coast) to offer in-home or in-school services.
For more information, please contact us via our form, 601-255- 5264 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions to our locations, please visit our contact page.
The Story of "Will" – Our Name Inspiration
Will's Way was inspired by our friend, Will. When he was 18 months old, Will had only 5 words in his vocabulary. He displayed many tell-tale signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder such as spinning and arm flapping. He was not able to self-regulate his moods and behavior. His frustration with his inability to communicate effectively led to tantruming and oppositional behavior. At the age of 3, Will was diagnosed with autism.
Will, however, is much more than a child with autism. Will is an artist. His talent for drawing allows not only for artistic expression but also for emotional expression. He expresses his frustrations, joys, fears and current pop culture obsessions through his art. He loves to make movies on the computer and set them to music to the delight of the people around him. Will is a happy boy. Now fully verbal, he loves to laugh and make others laugh too.
Through intervention techniques, such as those used by the Will's Way treatment team, Will has learned ways to redirect his frustrations appropriately. He has learned self-calming techniques. He participates in social skills programs that are teaching him how to interact with peers appropriately.
Will's intervention programs have evolved along with him. While speech and occupational therapies helped him to catch up verbally and physically early on, social skills programs and behavioral intervention programs are now guiding him through his elementary school years.
Inspired by Will's journey, our mission is to help all children unlock their unique gifts and reach their full potential.
Will's Way provides clinic and community based services for families and schools. We offer individual and group therapy sessions, evaluations, ABA therapy, and speech/language services.
Mental health services are provided for families, individuals, and school districts with therapeutic emphasis placed on behavioral, emotional, and developmental concerns. Will’s Way offers a variety of therapy options to match the needs of the family or child.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an approach to changing and maintaining behaviors for children with autism. Will’s Way offers treatment programs specific to individual needs and may involve treatment across clinic, school, and home.
Will’s Way aims to collaborate and provide related services to school districts, daycares, and other community agencies in the Pine Belt, Metro Jackson, and Gulf Coast regions.
Our team seeks to provide comprehensive services including assessments, consultation, and staff trainings for community agencies.
We provide a comprehensive approach to psychological evaluations including input from families, schools, physicians, and other professionals when appropriate. Psychological evaluations typically involve multiple steps to collect information on developmental history, school functioning, behavioral functioning, and relevant medical issues.
Hargrove, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Co-Founder, Clinical Director
Dr. Kimberly Bellipanni Hargrove is the Clinical Director and one of the cofounders of Will's Way, LLC. Dr. Hargrove is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral (BCBA-D) as well as a certified School Psychologist for both Will's Way and The Children's Center at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Hargrove's interests include using behavioral methodologies to help children with Autism and other developmental disabilities, school consultation, and offering training opportunities to various community agencies.
Dr. Hargrove received her training from the University of Southern Mississippi School Psychology Program and afterwards spent a 1-year internship and a 3 year Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, part of Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. While in Baltimore, Dr. Hargrove spent two years working with children with chronic medical conditions as well including brain and spinal cord injuries, and an additional 2 years working in the Pediatric Developmental Disabilities clinic.
When not working, Dr. Hargrove enjoys spending time with her family, listening to live music, and traveling on the weekends.
Roberts, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Co-Founder, Program Director
Dr. Dannell Speights Roberts is the Program Director and co-founder of Will's Way, LLC. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Mississippi and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She specializes in providing behavioral assessments and therapies to families and school districts. Dr. Roberts also works part-time as a licensed psychologist at the Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Roberts received her doctorate training from the University of Southern Mississippi School Psychology Program in 2005. She completed an internship at the May Institute in Randolph, Massachusetts specializing in children and adolescents with pervasive developmental disorders and traumatic brain injuries.
Dr. Roberts is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She is also a member of the local Area Development Partnership (ADP) and a member of Junior Auxiliary. Dr. Roberts and her family are members of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church.
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Comprehensive Psychological Services and ABA Therapy
32 Millbranch Road, Suite 40
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
ABA Therapy Only
9230 Old Lorraine Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
ABA Therapy Only
(Located inside Summit Rehab)
4109 Hwy 98
Summit, MS 39666