Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, recently announced the promotion of Kristen Ricardi to clinical coordinator. Ricardi has worked for BCI in several full and part-time roles since 2006. She most recently worked in the Shrewsbury Public Schools system as a paraprofessional, teaching in a pre-school program for children with autism.
In her new role, Ricardi will write programs for skills development, counseling 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 and health and ADL skills.
“An integral part of what we do for children with autism and their families is working with the public schools to find out what programs and trainings. Kristen’s six years with us and her background in working in a public school system give her the experience and a perspective that can truly benefit our clients,” said BCI Founder and Director Dr. Jeff Robinson.
A lifelong Worcester resident, Ricardi attended Fitchburg State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human services. She began working at BCI in 2006 as an ABA therapist. Ricardi enrolled in a master’s program at Fitchburg State in 2009 and is slated to receive a degree in special education and a certificate in behavioral analysis in 2013.
“I’m thrilled to be back full-time at BCI. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people and families during my time there and am looking forward to being even more involved with this new position in helping these courageous children develop their skills for life,” said Ricardi.
Based in Worcester, Mass and with offices Mansfield and West Boylston, Mass., BCI provides much needed services to children with autism and their parents. BCI instructional programs are delivered using discrete trial, 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 in: Activities of daily living, functional and augmentative communication, functional academics (children over the age of 7) / academics (under the age of 7), social and play skills, leisure skills, toileting, and food tolerance.
BCI accepts Harvard-Pilgrim, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, Tufts, Aetna and coverage from other major health care providers.
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.