For most parents, preparing your child to go back to school means a trip to the mall for school supplies, a new outfit or two and maybe some new shoes. For parents of children with autism, back to school means all that plus deciphering what programs and assistance is available for their child through the school and what’s available through insurance. A new service offered by Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the treatment of children with autism, is helping parents in Central Massachusetts solve that riddle.
“When the school year begins, many parents utilize the programs available through the school but are unaware that home support and services are available through their private health insurance,” said BCI Founder and Director Dr. Jeff Robinson. “We provide home and community services that meet the individual needs of the child and their family. In short, BCI helps students and their families navigate the system.”
Based in Worcester, Mass and with offices Mansfield and West Boylston, Mass., BCI provides much needed services to children with autism and their parents. The process begins with an assessment by qualified and certified behavior analyst. Once an assessment has been made, BCI clinicians develop a treatment plan that remediates behavioral challenges and teaches new skills and replacement behaviors.
Said Robinson, “Since we have experience collaborating with public schools and providing health insurance based services, we can tailor a program for children with autism that fits the child’s unique needs and family’s schedule—while optimizing the full benefits offered by both the schools and the health care provider.”
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 BHC works with. It’s BCI’s goal to maximize student potential, increase independence and enhance our clients’ quality of live within their home, school and community.
BCI’s main treatment 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.