Yearly Archives: 2017

Jill McGrale Maher named director of Behavioral Concepts, Inc.’s Fitchburg location

WORCESTER, MA and FITCHBURG, MA…

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, recently hired Jill McGrale Maher as the new director of its facility at 207 Authority Drive in Fitchburg.

The Fitchburg location, which opened in November, seeks to replicate the services offered by BCI at its corporate headquarters at 345 Greenwood Street in Worcester. Maher will manage those in-house activities, as well as providing oversight for staff providing in-home services to families in the Fitchburg/Route 2 corridor.

“We’re delighted to have someone of Jill’s expertise and experience in this position,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, founder and director of Behavioral Concepts, Inc. “There’s an incredible demand for the services BCI provides in the greater Fitchburg area. We’re looking to Jill to help us meet that demand, while developing relationships in the local community to provide opportunities for our older clients and to recruit the next generation of behavior clinicians and therapists.”

Maher has more than 35 years combined experience in special education and applied behavior analysis, working with children with autism spectrum disorders. Her expertise includes working in both private and public schools, conducting program evaluations, designing and overseeing programs for learners of all ages and profiles, teaching staff and families, and working in a variety of school and home programs at both clinical and administrative levels.  Part of that experience includes working in a consultative role in school systems across Massachusetts, including the Fitchburg and Leominster public school systems.

A board certified behavior analyst (BCBA®), Maher holds a master’s degree in human development and completed course work towards her Ph.D. in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas. She is a state certified special education teacher and a Massachusetts-licensed behavior analyst. Maher is currently is an adjunct professor at Endicott College and has previously taught at Worcester State University. She has presented and been invited to speak at numerous conferences nationwide. Maher received her undergraduate degree from Keene State University.

“I’ve known Dr. Robinson and Brian Doyle [also of BCI] for many years and I’m thrilled to be working with them,” said Maher, a Northborough, MA resident. “BCI has a reputation in our industry as a high qulaity, compassionate organization, both for its clients and their staff.  BCI’s focus is on providing clinically sound care, and not so much on making a profit, which frankly has become rare. I’m so happy to be a part of that culture and to share what BCI has to offer with families in the Fitchburg area.”

For more information on BCI, visit www.bciaba.com.

About Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI)

Founded in 2002, BCI provides educational, behavioral, and 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 offers similar services at a second location at 207 Authority Drive in Fitchburg, Mass. BCI also provides in-home services within a one-hour radius of Worcester.

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

BCI Nominated to “Best Places to Work in Central Mass 2017” (Telegram & Gazette)

BCI Nominated to Best Places to Work 2017

We’ve been nominated for the Telegram & Gazette’s Best Places to Work 2017!

We have been nominated as a “mid-size” company for both:

  • Best Company Party
  • Best Workplace Culture

If you would please take a couple seconds to vote, we would appreciate it. Simply go to: http://bit.ly/2lYmujL and cast your vote!

Plus, if you complete the entire voting process, you will be entered to win a catered office lunch.

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI) sponsors HMEA Autism Resource Central’s 2017 5k Run and Walk

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, will once again be a major sponsor of the 5K Run & Walk for Autism Acceptance to benefit HMEA’s Autism Resource Central in West Boylston, MA. BCI contributed $7,500 to the annual run/walk, which will take place on Saturday, April 29 at DCR’s Lake Park in Worcester.

“The Autism Resource Centrals’s run/walk is our signature event for Autism Awareness month,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, BCI founder and director. “Beyond this donation, we will also be hosting the ‘Kids Corner’ booth where children can take part in fun, interactive activities before, during and after the run.”

BCI will also field a team of runners and walkers helping to raise money for Autism Resource Central.

Located at 71 Sterling Street in West Boylston, Massachusetts (508-835-4278), HMEA Autism Resource Central of Central Massachusetts is a non-profit organization that serves as an information and referral service for children and families affected by disorders within the Autism Spectrum; Autism, PDD NOS and Asperger’s. Annually, Autism Resource Central supports the needs of more than 3,000 families in Central Massachusetts.

“With one in 68 births resulting in an autism diagnosis, the need for The Resource Center grows every year,” said Robinson. “We’re delighted to help and encourage other companies and individuals to help support this invaluable resource for the community.”

For more information about HMEA Autism Resource Central at autismresourcecentral.org. For sponsorship information, call 508-835-4278. 

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 offers similar services at a second location at 207 Authority Drive in Fitchburg, Mass. BCI also provides in-home services within a one-hour radius of Worcester.

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

Greendale YMCA to host Family Night on Feb. 16 to tout new services for children with autism

Prior to February school vacation week, the Greendale YMCA, located at 75 Shore Drive in Worcester, will host a Family Night to announce and discuss the spring program. This year’s event, to be held on February 16, 2017 at 6 p.m., will feature the introduction of a partnership with Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), to provide services to Greendale YMCA members with autism spectrum disorders.

Based at 345 Greenwood, BCI is a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the treatment of children with autism in Central Massachusetts. Typically, BCI works with children at their home or BCI headquarters. Through this special relationship, Greendale YMCA members with Autism, can receive one-to-one services from a BCBA therapist from BCI on site at the Greendale YMCA.

“This arrangement gives children with autism the opportunity to work with a BCBA therapist while utilizing the resources of our facility. It also provides parents with a chance to get a workout in while knowing their child is with a specialist with education and experience in working with children with autism,” said Christina Puleo, executive director of the Greendale YMCA. “We can’t thank BCI enough for offering their services as a benefit to our members.”

“Children with autism rely heavily on routine. While that’s largely a good thing, it also benefits them to try something new in a new location. Being able to receive their services outside their home or school at a place like the Y where they can engage in new activities greatly promotes learning and development,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, BCI founder and director. “We run a similar program with the Hockomock YMCA at their four locations in southeastern Massachusetts and it’s been very beneficial to the kids and their parents.”

In addition to BCI, the Greendale YMCA “Family Night” program will include information about spring programs, after care and summer camp. Light refreshments will be served.

For questions about Family Night or spring programs, contact the Greendale YMCA at 508-852-6694. For questions about programs offered by BCI, please visit www.bciaba.org or call 508-363-0200.

About the Greendale YMCA:

Where Cause Meets Community.  At the Greendale YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Greendale YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Opened in 1978, The Greendale YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization conveniently located at 75 Shore Drive in North Worcester on Indian Lake. For information on programs and services, visit http://www.ymcaofcm.org/locations/greendale-family-branch/ or call 508-852-6694.

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 345 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. In addition, BCI recently opened a second location in Fitchburg, Mass., in November 2016. BCI also provides in-home services within a one-hour radius of Worcester.

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