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Behavioral Concepts Inc Offers Speech and OT Services

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, recently announced the addition of speech and occupational therapy to its services for children with autism and their families.

“Over the years, we have worked with many speech and occupational therapists as part of the individual’s interdisciplinary team,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, BCI founder and director of BCI. “Having both specialties in-house allows us to provide a greater level of service for our current and prospective clients and their families.”

BCI currently has one occupational therapist, two speech therapists and two licensed speech and language assistants on staff.

Based in Worcester, Mass at 345A Greenwood Street in Worcester, BCI provides much needed services to children with autism and their families. BCI instructional programs are delivered using discrete trial training, task analysis, and systematic prompting procedures implemented by ABA therapists who have successfully completed pre-service training, on-site, and quarterly evaluations by their clinical supervisors.

Instruction is provided across a variety of domains, including: Activities of daily living, functional and augmentative communication, social skills, leisure and recreation, community outings and safety awareness. Social skills groups with peer models are also offered as part of BCI’s services. A heavy emphasis is placed on generalization and maintenance of skills, in addition to family training, so that families may implement the supports and carry-over skills in the home.
BCI accepts Aetna, Beacon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fallon Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Mass Health, Tufts and United Behavioral Health. For questions about programs offered by BCI, please visit www.bciaba.org or call 508-363-0200.

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 meet the unique needs of our clients. It’s BCI’s goal to maximize individual potential, increase independence and enhance our clients’ quality of life within their home, school and community.
BCI provides center- and home-based services through health insurance and is an approved provider of Specialty ABA Services for Early Intervention in Central Massachusetts. BCI’s main care center, located at 345A Greenwood Street in Worcester, Massachusetts, offers intensive treatment for young children aged 3 to 6 years of age, an after-school program for all school aged children and a weekend social skills program. BCI also provides in-home services within a one-hour radius of Worcester.

BCI’s Corporate Offices are located in Mansfield, Mass. For complete information, visit http://bciaba.com or to arrange a consultation with a BCI clinician, please call (508) 363-0200.

BCI “Lights It Up Blue” 2015

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BCI Lights It Up Blue
We had help this year from our Social Skills and After School programs! Thanks to all of the kids! Our window display looks beautiful!


“Light It Up Blue, annually observed on April 2, is dedicated to raising awareness of autism.[1] Autism Speaks, the autism research and education organization, announced the launch of the inaugural Light It Up Blue campaign in 2010.[2] This initiative is intended to raise international awareness of autism in support of both World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month in the United States” – Wikipedia.org


Also the sunlight made for some funny faces by our staff! Check it out!


BCI shows “Light It Up Blue” Spirit!

345A Greenwood St., Behavioral Concepts Inc.

345A Greenwood St., Behavioral Concepts Inc.

BCI Sponsors ‘Kids Corner’ at 2015 Community 5K Run and Walk for Autism



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:

Where

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.

When

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

Morning
Afternoon
5K registration: 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM
Opening Ceremony: 12:00 PM
5K Opening ceremony: 9:45 AM
Food service opens: 12:15 PM
Race Starts : 10:00 AM
Entertainment 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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

BCI Proudly Sponsors TOP Soccer of Auburn

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Behavioral Concepts proudly sponsors TOPSoccer, a special needs soccer team out of Auburn, MA.

TOP Soccer Registration Available

Registration is Still Open For TOPS (specialneeds), U5, U6 and U8 spring soccer.

Openings in Town
Groups
Ages
U5 (coed)
Born between 9/1/09 – 4/30/11.
U6 (coed)
Born 9/1/08 – 8/31/09
U8 (boys and girls divisions)
Born 9/1/06 – 8/31/08
TOPS (Special Needs)
Born 9/1/95 – 8/31/10
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New school an option for kids struggling with autism (Article by T&G)

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Teacher Josh Dufresne works with student Alyjah Ortiz, 5, on his schoolwork at the Center for Applied Behavior Instruction. (T&G Staff/CHRISTINE HOCHKEPPEL)

 

WORCESTER — Children and adolescents with autism, particularly those with behavioral issues who are struggling in a local public school setting, have a new option available to them: the Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction.

The private school, which received its unanimous approval to operate from the Worcester School Committee in November, is already up and running with two students, and several more referrals in process.

The school accepts students from the city of Worcester as well as from districts within a one-hour radius of the school.

Founder and executive director Jeffrey Robinson is currently in the process of preparing the required documentation to obtain final approval from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Mr. Robinson, who co-founded the school with Brian Doyle, has been affiliated with the Worcester Public Schools for nearly two decades, and has provided services to students with autism through his company, Behavioral Concepts, Inc. Mr. Robinson has a doctorate in special education from Boston College, while Mr. Doyle has a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, and a specialist degree in special education from Simmons College.

Located on in a former storage space on Greenwood Street, the school occupies one-third of 15,000- square-foot building leased by Behavioral Concepts, which is the parent company of the school. The school currently has four classrooms and a gymnasium, and operates with a staff of two teachers, a teacher’s aide, a nurse, psychologist and several therapists, and can serve between 25 and 29 students.

Read More Article By: T&G – Sandy Meindersma CORRESPONDENT)

Visit CABI’s (Center For Applied Behavioral Instruction) website here: www.cabiautism.org

 

BCI Holds Open House! Unveils New Services!

On August 13th, 2014 Behavioral Concepts Inc. hosted an open house to the Autism Community. During this event families and others associated with the Autism Community visited our facility, were informed of our services and were able to visit our newly finished center. With the opening of our center comes the unveiling of new services as well. These services are as follows: Center Based, After School and Weekend Social Skill Services.

Center Based:
BCI is excited to announce the opening of Center Based ABA Services. Center Based Services provides Applied Behavioral Analysis(ABA) techniques and methodology to children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in a clinic-like environment. The skills taught will be delivered 1:1 by a specially trained ABA Therapist under the supervision of a BCBA.

After School:
After School Services are designed to aid your child in after school activities like Homework, Social Skills, Special Interest Clubs and Sports.

Social Skills:
Behavioral Concepts Inc, provides a unique opportunity for your child to attend social skills groups with typically developing peers. It is our goal to set forth this group in such a way that it will enhance your child’s opportunity to learn and practice skills with same age peers in a group setting. The group facilitators will include a Clinical Coordinator and/or BCBA on site.
Social skills are those communication, problem-solving, decision making, self-management, and peer relations abilities that allow one to initiate and maintain positive social relationships with others. Deficits or excesses in social behavior interfere with learning, teaching, and adult/ peer relationships. Social competence is linked to peer acceptance, adult/ teacher acceptance, inclusion success, and post school success.
Children with autism have difficulty managing many of the life enhancing experiences enjoyed by their typically aged peers. Whether it’s going to the playground, eating in a restaurant, or going to a highly stimulating children’s activity center (e.g., Chuck E. Cheese) our trained staff will accompany the parent(s) to promote the generalization of skills taught in the isolation of the home. For example our staff will be with you when navigating the grocery store, getting a haircut, or visiting their physician or dentist. Our clinicians may create social stories, visuals and/ or reinforcement procedures to help your child to understand the expectations and the sequence of events that occur in each novel visit.

All of our services are arranged through the following insurance companies: Aetna, Beacon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fallon Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts and United Behavioral Health.
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Take a look at our new center!
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Behavioral Concepts Inc, Is Excited To Announce New Services

Behavioral Concepts Inc, is excited to announce the opening of Specialized Therapeutic ABA Services. Specialized Therapeutic Services provides Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques and methodology to children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in a clinic-like environment. The skills taught will be delivered 1:1 by specially trained ABA Therapists under the supervision of a BCBA at 345A Greenwood St, Suite B, Worcester MA, on the days listed below.

Days Offered

Specific Instruction Provided In:
  • pre academics
  • dramatic play
  • communication
  • social skills
  • leisure/ recreation
  • hygiene and grooming
  • technology
  • following routines
  • homework and organizational strategies
  • discrete trial
Insurance:

You must have private heatlth insurance to be eligible. Call BCI (508) 363-0200 to secure a slot for your child. BCI will handle the registration and assessment process with your insurance company.

We are able to provide BCBA-led services through the following insurance companies:

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Wanted: Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI) continues to seek Board Certified Behavior Analysts who want an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children affected by autism. We are an expanding organization who values the involvement of staff in the growth of the company.

Our current need is for full time and part-time (after school) BCBA’s to provide consultation and program development/staff supervision with our insurance program clients.

We believe in child centered behavior analysis and low caseloads (10-12). Our BCBA’s are responsible for assessment, program development, and analysis. They are liaisons to school staff and families of the children we support. Our BCBA’s provide direct supervision to our ABA therapists. If you are interested in being part of the solution please contact: Jeffrey R. Robinson, Ph. D., Director. Visit our new website at: www.bciaba.org

Clinical Coordinator Job Description

The clinical coordinator is responsible for development, assessment, and analysis of instructional and behavioral programs, curriculum modification, data analysis, and functional analysis of aberrant behaviors for a case load of 5-12 students. The coordinator is responsible for supervising and observing ABA therapists and case students weekly in order to effectively evaluate student progress. The clinical coordinator collaborates with a team of professionals to develop individualized education plans (IEPs) and writes quarterly progress reports. The clinical coordinator assists in staff and parent training, and acts as a liaison to public school staff.  The clinical coordinator attends monthly clinics with the ABA therapists, parents, public school faculty, and assistant director to evaluate student progress. Clinical coordinators must have five or more years experience using the principles and methodology of applied behavioral analysis to work with children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Clinical coordinators preferably will have a Masters degree in a related field (i.e., ABA, Special Education, etc) and Board Certification (BCBA).

Competitive Benefits & Compensation Package Includes:

  • Health Insurance / Dental / Vision
  • Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • 401 K (up to 4% match
  • Work cell phone provided
  • Professional Development stipend provided as well as additional stipends for professional activities including poster and paper presentations

Sign on Bonus of $1500

Starting salary range 50,000-65,000 commensurate with experience

BCI welcomes interns from Endicott College

Before she was BCI's Senior Training Coordinator, Jessica Stott did an internship with us as an undergrad.

Before she was BCI’s Senior Training Coordinator, Jessica Stott did an internship with us as an undergrad.

While BCI recently announced an internship program with Fitchburg State University, we have similar relationships with Worcester State University and Quinsagmond Community College. In fact, many of our staff members have either done their undergraduate or graduate work at those schools. Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts is another school with which we are developing a strong relationship.

Just recently, Endicott College student Glenna Macgowan completed a six-week internship at BCI. She is a sophomore from Grafton, Massachusetts majoring in Liberal Studies/Education, with a concentration in Autism and ABA.

During her six weeks, Glenna met her internship requirements by participating in new hire training, attending a senior management meeting and conducting numerous observations with ABA Therapists/Clinical Coordinators. The observations were completed within classrooms (Worcester Public Schools & BASICs program), within student’s homes and the community.

Glenna’s supervisor during her internship was BCI Senior Training Coordinator Jessica Stott. An Endicott College alum, Jessica also did an internship at BCI during her undergraduate days. In fact, her photo and testimonial are used in some of Endicott’s promotional materials about internship opportunities.

College students interested in applying for an internship at BCI during the fall semester of 2014 can send a cover letter and resume to info@bciaba.org or by snail mail to: Behavioral Concepts, Inc., 345A Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA  01607, ATTN: Dr. Jeffrey Robinson.

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI) offers internship program with Fitchburg State University

WORCESTER, MA…

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, recently announced a partnership relationship with Fitchburg State University as it pertains to the company’s internship program. As part of the agreement, BCI and the University will partner to help recruit Fitchburg State undergraduates for its fall and spring internship programs.

“There’s been a very strong connection with BCI and Fitchburg State over the years. We were involved in the development of the BCBA course track and two of our staff, Dr. Brian Doyle, the director of our BASICS program, and Erik Lerdal are adjunct faculty as well,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, BCI founder and director of BCI. “With the demand for board certified behavior analysts at an all-time high, our internship program is a great way to show undergrads a career path in a growing field.”

BCI interns typically are college students with aspirations of being a clinical coordinator or therapists. BCI interns have most often been psychology, education, special education and criminal justice, though all majors are welcome to apply. Students must receive course credit to participate in BCI’s internship program.

In addition to Fitchburg State University, BCI has similar relationships with Worcester State University and Quinsigamond Community College. In addition to a one-semester internship, BCI offers a year-long fellowship program for Worcester State University students.

“We’re in the business of teaching very important skills to children with autism. Yet the learning is certainly not limited to our students. I think as instructors and clinicians, we learn every bit as much from our students as they do from us,” said BCI Founder and Director Dr. Jeffrey Robinson. “For a college student who wants to be in that kind of environment, I can promise you will get quite a bit more out of this experience than course credits.”

College students interested in applying for an internship at BCI during the fall semester of 2014 can send a cover letter and resume to info@bciaba.org or by snail mail to: Behavioral Concepts, Inc., 345A Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA  01607, ATTN: Dr. Jeffrey Robinson.

College and universities interested in internship opportunities for their undergraduates should also contact Dr. Robinson at info@bciaba.org or by calling 508-363-0200.

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 345A Greenwood Street, 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.