The Worcester Telegram & Gazette recently visited the Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction (CABI). Here’s a link to the article, which includes some nice photos of students and staff.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette article, Private school in Worcester for autistic students receives state license.
Behavioral Concepts Inc. – will be sponsoring the ‘Kids Corner’ at this years 5k Run and Walk for Autism. At our booth we will have fun filled activities for children and adults as well as information about our services. We’ll have staff on location to answer any questions.
More information about the event:
Join us on April 26th at DCR’s Quinsigamond State Park for what has become the biggest celebration of Autism Awareness Month in Central Massachusetts.
April 26th, 2015
NEW THIS YEAR
We have tightened up the schedule for the day!
While there are two components to the event it is one event!
Times & Events
The day begins at 8:30 AM and will end at 2:00 PM
|5K registration: 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM|
|5K Opening ceremony: 9:45 AM|
|Race Starts : 10:00 AM|
|Awards : 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM|
|Walk Registration & Check In: 11:30 AM|
“We have added a registration fee for the walk component of this event, just like the Run. Individuals will pay $10 while a family will pay $25.00 – Think of it as your contribution to your walk effort! You can still create teams but each family or member on a Team needs to register. Those who do not register on line will be charged $15 for individuals and $35 for their family on the day of the event. Family is defined as Parents & Children in one household.” – Autism Resource Center
Coverage in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on Behavioral Concepts, Inc.’s move to a new care center at 345 Greenwood Street in Worcester.
Here’s the Worcester Telegram & Gazette article.
The Lowell Sun
UPDATED: 10/13/2013 06:37:24 AM EDT
Collamer lands behavioral fellowship
WORCESTER — A local student at Worcester State University recently began a fellowship program at Behavioral Concepts Inc., a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in central Massachusetts. Carolyn Collamer of Dracut, a senior at WSU, attended a weeklong, comprehensive training for techniques, jargon and methods, as well as BCI-specific requirements. Training culminated in an exam that must be passed in order to begin child-specific orientation. Collamer will shadow staff for complete sessions with a variety of clients, implement skill-acquisition programs, implement behavior-management guidelines and/or behavior-support plans, collect and graph data on skill-acquisition goals, collect data on rates of behavior, and participate in weekly or biweekly supervision with a clinical coordinator.
Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_24300720/briefs#ixzz2hiAHbhwj
Mansfield resident and president of Behavioral Concepts Inc. Dr. Jeffrey Robinson said he has developed a passion for working to help children affected by autism spectrum disorders.
When Robinson was in college, he said originally that was not where he saw himself.
“Originally I was going to go to law school,” he said. “I was a political science major.”
Originally, Robinson said he started working with autistic children in Boston at the Behavioral Institute in 1978. He said he has worked with affected children and adults of all ages, and it was there when it hit him that this was what he wanted to do. Now, he’s been in the field for over 30 years, and has worked in Worcester, Cambridge and Providence.
“It just clicked for me,” he said. “At the end of the day I just want to be able to help people. In my profession, it’s families and kids affected by autism.”
Robinson said that throughout the years he and the companies he’s worked for has helped many children to grow up to lead productive and healthy lives. He added that, as president of BCI, he’s employed two affected children hired at his company that he used to consult.
“They were students in the Worcester public schools,” he said. “When my intervention and that of some of my staff, we helped shape much more positive behavior to the point where both of them became employable in our company.”
Based in Worcester, Mass and with offices Mansfield and West Boylston, Mass., BCI provides services to children with autism and their parents. The process begins with an assessment by a behavior analyst.
Once an assessment has been made, BCI staff develop a treatment plan that decreases behavioral challenges and teaches new skills and replacement behaviors. The company works with health providers to grant services to children in need of treatment Massachusetts.
Robinson said the types of treatment he and his staff use are based on positive reinforcement, using a token system as it were. When a student makes a positive response to a question or follows directions, they get a visual representation of positive action, such as another coin (almost like a life bar in a video game). They loose coins for negative behavior. But Robinson said it’s not a one-size-fits-all treatment method in regards to autism.
“There’s such variability in presentation [of the disorder] that makes it a little more challenging to be as efficient as possible in resources,” he said. “One child may require extremely intensive intervention and one child might need minimal intervention. And then you have everything in between.”
Robinson said that he is talking with Mansfield schools director of special education Bernadette Conroy about helping to fund a social connections program in the district.
“It basically involves developing a mentorship between a nuerotypical student and a child with autism to connect them socially,” he said. “That’s something I would like to support financially in the High School.”
Robinson said he believes the program may be instituted in the 2012-2013 school year.
Behavioral Concepts Inc. of Worcester, which specializes in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts and has offices in Mansfield and West Boylston, recently announced the promotion of Kristen Ricardi of Worcester to clinical coordinator. In her new role, Ms. Ricardi, who began working at BCI in 2006, will write programs for skills development, counseling and other developmental services for more than a dozen BCI clients in Central Massachusetts who are living with autism.
Behavioral Concepts Inc. of Worcester, a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, recently hired Cindy Wall as a clinical coordinator. Ms. Wall, of North Attleboro, comes to BCI from the Justice Resource Institute’s Taunton office. At BCI, she will write programs for skills development, behavioral support programs and other developmental services.
Behavioral Concepts Inc., a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, recently announced the promotion of Tiffany Carpinelli of Worcester to the position of clinical coordinator. Ms. Carpinelli had previously worked as a floating therapist. In her new role, she will write programs for skills development, counseling and other developmental services for more than a dozen BCI clients.