Worcester, MA (PressExposure) July 13, 2013 -- The "Curse of the Bambino" was alive and well with the Red Sox not having won the World Series since 1918. And one in 150 children was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It was under those conditions that Dr. Jeffrey Robinson opened Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts.
Robinson started the firm with one clinical therapists and a staff of four. Today, BCI has a staff of 163. And, unfortunately, it's been reported that one in every 88 children is diagnosed with an ASD. "In 2003, we saw a genuine need for families with children diagnosed with an ASD, both from a care standpoint and from an information perspective so parents knew what programs were available through the school system," said Robinson. "BCI has experienced incredible growth over the years, particularly since insurance companies started covering services for children with ASDs in 2011 and as more and more children are diagnosed."
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.
In addition to its growth from a staff perspective, BCI has also grown in terms of its offerings. Within the last year, BCI's Board Certified Behavior Analysts designed and implemented a social skills group on Saturday mornings. Beyond instruction from BCI clinicians, the social skills sessions include interaction with other children who serve as role models for BCI students involved in the social skills program.
"The beauty of the social skills class is not only the broad range of topics we cover--topics like teamwork, bullying, appropriate play, sportsmanship, initiating and reciprocating peer interaction--but that it's covered by most major insurances," said Robinson. "We try to keep the price fairly affordable, typically between $35 to $50, but the insurance can make a huge difference. In fact, we're one of the few firms around that has a social skills that's accepted by most major insurance companies."
BCI currently offers a summer social skills program with classes scheduled during the week as well as on Saturday. For complete information, you can visit the BCI website at http://www.bciaba.org or call 508-363-0200.
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.