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Yearly Archives: 2014

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.