Monthly Archives: June 2013

The other end of the spectrum. Growing need for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)

WORCESTER, MA…

By now, most people are aware of the rising number of cases of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Over the last dozen years, ASDs have increased dramatically in the U.S. In 2000, one out of every 150 children had an ASD. In 2008, that number increased to one in 88. In 2013, who knows where that number might be?

While the initial response to this increase is typically ‘how or ‘why’, the need for qualified Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) increases daily.

“While clearly we would like to know what’s caused the increase in cases of ASDs, the real issue is helping these children and their families now with programs that teach social skills and address their specific needs,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, founder and director of Behavioral Concepts, Inc., a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts. “The real issue is expense. Insurance makes it a bit more affordable but insurance companies want BCBAs to conduct these programs.”

Adds Robinson, “Right now, there just aren’t enough BCBAs to provide the level of service we’d like.”

The BCBA is a post-graduate degree. It requires a Master’s degree, supervised clinical practice, and passing a national exam.

“We do offer tuition assistance for full-time employees who want to get their BCBA while working here,” said Robinson. “The problem is the need is now.”

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. is presently looking to hire both full-time and part-time BCBAs. Interested parties should contact should send a resume and salary requirements to Dr. Jeff Robinson at Behavioral Concepts, Inc., 170 Goddard Memorial Drive, Worcester, MA 01603 or e-mail to jobs@bciaba.org.

About Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI)

Founded in 2002, BCI provides educational, behavioral, consultative and assessment services to children with autism and their families. These services are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and are tailored to the unique needs of the individuals BCI works with. It’s BCI’s goal to maximize student potential, increase independence and enhance our clients’ quality of life within their home, school and community.

BCI’s main care center is located at 170 Goddard Memorial Drive, in Worcester, Massachusetts. BCI operates its BASICS services at 100 Hartwell Street in West Boylston, Mass. The BASICS program is a sub-contract arrangement between Behavioral Concepts, Inc. and the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative. BASICS provides services to children aged 7-22 with autism and maladaptive behaviors. BCI’s Corporate Offices are located in Mansfield, Mass.

For complete information, visit http://bciaba.org or to arrange a consultation with a BCI clinician, please call (508) 363-0200.

Facebook Testimonial

While you are thinking about what to do with the kids this summer, you may want to consider BCI’s summer Social Skills program. Here’s the calendar.

To explain why the summer program is even more important once school is out, read the following testimonial from our Facebook page.

“I wanted to say that often vacations can be overwhelming when you have a child, or in my case, children, on the Spectrum. Kids who thrive on routine are suddenly thrown off, and the comfort and stability are out the window. I’m not sure if anyone else has these issues, but vacations seemed more difficult than regular days. Over vacations, my boys still ask for the bus, get their backpacks, and even go to the porch to wait. It’s tough to try to explain that the bus isn’t coming today, later…but later when? We have just completed an awesome Spring Vacation Week, thanks to the amazing efforts of the BCI staff. My boys attended Social Groups every morning led by Miss Sally Burke. It was wonderful to have a routine and to have something that the boys could look forward to and more importantly enjoy doing! Each afternoon our incredible therapists came over to have some fun in the community. Squeezing into my van with the boys and sometimes even driving their own vehicles searchng for playgrounds with the best fences so the boys wouldn’t run into harm’s way, to finding the coolest McDonald’s PlayLand when the weather wasn’t perfect. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, and again, and again, BCI is an amazing company filled with caring, patient, understanding, educated staff and they have changed my family’s life. I am so grateful.”

Sophie Ewings

What should parents of children within the autism spectrum read?

A must read for parents with children within the autism spectrum

WORCESTER, MA…

When it comes to summer reading, most people look to escape in a novel or science fiction. Most parents of children within the autism spectrum do not have that luxury. Reading/self-education is a critical part of meeting their child’s needs. So what do parents of children within the autism spectrum read? Perhaps most importantly, what should they read?

“Before their child’s diagnosis, most parents know little about the autism. So they are literally starting from ground zero,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, founder and director of Behavioral Concepts, Inc., a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts. “In addition, keeping up with a child with autism can be extremely time-consuming. So it’s important to having a focused reading list that provides you the information you need in an efficient manner.”

Dr. Robinson recommends the following books for parents of children within the autism spectrum:

Beyond summer reading for parents, BCI is also offering a summer session of its Social Skills program, which began on June 1. The program is a three-hour session on Saturday mornings, from 9:30 to 12:30. Topics covered include:

  • Teamwork
  • Eye Contact
  • Transitions
  • Bullying
  • Emotions
  • Appropriate Play
  • Teen Relationships
  • Sportsmanship
  • Food Tolerance
  • Language Building
  • Role Playing Social Scenarios
  • Initiating and Reciprocating Peer Interaction

There is no age limit for the social skills program. BCI accepts all major insurance companies or private pay at a rate of $35-$50 per hour depending on the student/staff ratio your child needs. Parents or guardians interested in this program for their students can call (508) 363-0200. For complete information on BCI, visit http://bciaba.org.

About Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI)

Founded in 2002, BCI provides educational, behavioral, consultative and assessment services to children with autism and their families. These services are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and are tailored to the unique needs of the individuals BCI works with. It’s BCI’s goal to maximize student potential, increase independence and enhance our clients’ quality of life within their home, school and community.

BCI’s main care center is located at 170 Goddard Memorial Drive, in Worcester, Massachusetts. BCI operates its BASICS services at 100 Hartwell Street in West Boylston, Mass. The BASICS program is a sub-contract arrangement between Behavioral Concepts, Inc. and the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative. BASICS provides services to children aged 7-22 with autism and maladaptive behaviors. BCI’s Corporate Offices are located in Mansfield, Mass.

For complete information, visit http://bciaba.org or to arrange a consultation with a BCI clinician, please call (508) 363-0200.