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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Coverage on BCI Fellow Carolyn Collamer

 

 

Briefs

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.
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Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI) finds new home at 345 Greenwood Street in Worcester, MA

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. will be moving to 345 Greenwood Street in Worcester. BCI is a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts.

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. will be moving to 345 Greenwood Street in Worcester. BCI is a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts.

WORCESTER, MA…

Earlier this year, Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, celebrated its 10th anniversary. The latest chapter of the Worcester, MA –based will involve a new home as the company will relocate its Worcester care center to 345 Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA at the end of October.

“We have grown substantially since our beginnings. With more than 160 people on staff and the demand for our services increasing dramatically, relocating really wasn’t a choice,” said BCI Founder Dr. Jeffrey Robinson. “With our new location, we have the space we need to better serve our current students and the growth we anticipate over the next several years.”

BCI is currently hiring full- and part-time Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) to accommodate the anticipated growth at the new facility.

Currently, it’s been reported that one in every 88 children is diagnosed with an ASD. Through its host of services and programs, BCI helps children with autism and autism spectrum disorders develop their learning skills and social skills. In addition, BCI works with families of children with autism and ASDs to alert them to services provided by the school system and by their health insurance.

“Our social skills program is a great example of how we can help children with ASDs affordably,” said Robinson. “We’re the only company in the area that offers a social skills program that’s covered by insurance.”

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

“This program has been so successful we’ve offered it during the summer. With insurance helping out, more and more children have been able to benefit,” said Robinson. “With our new facility, we should be able to enhance this program and make it available to more students as we hire additional BCBAs.”

As for the new location, a grand opening celebration is planned for later in 2013. BCI’s corporate offices are located in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

If you have 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 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 345 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.

Worcester college students begin internship and fellowship program at Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI)

Carolyn Collamer

Jennifer Schmuck

WORCESTER, MA…

Four students currently enrolled at colleges in Worcester recently began internship and fellowship programs at Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts. Those students including Carolyn Collamer, Jennifer Schmuck and Julia Squiers of Worcester State University and Rosemary Cruz of Quinsigamond Community College.

Collamer, a senior from Dracut, Mass., Schmuck a senior from Ashby, Mass. and Squiers, a senior from Millbury, Mass., will be part of the year long fellowship program. As part of that program, they will experience the following:

  • Attend week-long comprehensive training for ABA techniques, jargon and methods as well as BCI specific staff requirements. Training culminates in an exam that must be passed in order to begin child specific orientation.
  • Attend and pass 8 hour CPI (non-violent crisis prevention and intervention) training.
  • Shadow Staff for complete sessions with a variety of clients.
  • Implement skill acquisition programs.
  • Implement Behavior Management Guidelines (BMGs) and/or Behavior Support Plans (BSPs)
  • Collect and graph data on skill acquisition goals.
  • Collect data on rates of behavior.
  • Participate in weekly/bi weekly supervision with Clinical Coordinator

As an intern, Cruz, a sophomore from Jefferson, Mass., will participate in many of these activities but only for the fall semester.

“The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders over the past dozen years has escalated dramatically. With that increase comes the need for training and grooming the next generation of clinicians and behaviorists,” said BCI Founder and Director Dr. Jeffrey Robinson. “That future demands that our fellowship and internship program be very focused so that these young people are trained appropriately and can be active participants in working with our students.”

BCI interns typically are college students with aspirations of being a clinical coordinator or therapists. BCI interns have typically been psychology, education, special education and criminal justice, though all majors are welcome to apply.

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.

Julia Squiers

Rosemary Cruz