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Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI) hires Dracut resident Michael Karanja as clinical coordinator

BCI’s Michael Karanja


Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, recently hired Michael Karanja as a clinical coordinator. Karanja has previously worked in a similar capacity at Melmark New England.

As a clinical coordinator at BCI, Karanja will write programs for skills development, behavioral support programs and other developmental services for more than a dozen BCI clients in Central Massachusetts who are living with autism. Those programs can consist of social skills, community safety skills, academic and pre-academic skills, classroom participation, health and ADL skills.

“As a growing company, it’s important to not only fill the positions where we have need but do so wisely with talented and experienced individuals. Michael certainly fits that bill and will be a tremendous asset in helping our students develop the skills they need, both in the home and in the classroom,” said BCI Founder and Director Dr. Jeff Robinson.

Originally from Kenya and now a Dracut, Mass. resident, Karanja holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Salem State University (he did his undergraduate work in his native Kenya). He holds a Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) and is a licensed special education teacher in the state of Massachusetts.

“I had friends who knew people who worked at BCI and they spoke very highly of the company and the high quality of care and teaching they provide. After being here a few weeks, I can honestly say Dr. Robinson and our staff have certainly lived up to that high praise and then some,” said Karanja.

Based in Worcester, Mass and with offices in Mansfield and West Boylston, Mass., 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, included by not limited to: Activities of daily living, functional and augmentative communication, functional academics and 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 Harvard-Pilgrim, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, Tufts, Aetna and coverage from other major health care providers.

For complete information, visit http://bciaba.org or to arrange a consultation with a BCI clinician, please 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 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.