About Child’s Play

To founders Becki Fulcher and Jason Shaw, Child’s Play Autism Centers is the perfect balance of clinical and operational competence in all aspects of the organization. Opened in 2014, Child’s Play represents the area’s premier behavioral and autism centers, delivering exceptional Behavior Analysis services to our community’s children with autism and other behavioral issues.

Child’s Play’s three Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)—Fulcher, Shaw and wife, Tiffany—oversee daily operations at both the Fort Wayne and Huntington offices. It is their responsibility to ensure that the clinics run smoothly and deliver consistent care and support to the numerous clients who attend our facilities. As we fulfill our organization’s mission, “To embrace the life and potential of all individuals through competent and sincere supportive services,” Child’s Play Autism Centers strives to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to live a full and happy life.

Child’s Play also uses the latest systems and tools to ensure a safe, modern, and technologically advanced facility for your child. Our facilities are designed specifically for children with autism on any level of the spectrum – from the proverbial “problem child” to the high-functioning. And the latest technology, including Chartlytics charting technology and telepresence from Double Robotics on the caregiver side and touchscreen systems on the child’s side, ensures the most advanced and up-to-the-minute care for your child.

Mission

To embrace the life and potential of all individuals through competent and sincere supportive services. To ensure that children on all levels of the spectrum, no matter how aggressive or disruptive, can receive care that addresses their particular needs and are not excluded from the scope of care available to them.

Vision

Our vision is that every person has the opportunity to live a fulfilling and enriched life.

Types of Therapists and Analysts at Child’s Play

The field of ABA has many levels of certification and education/experience requirements:

  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) are educated at a Master’s Level in Applied Behavior Analysis, supervised concentration during training for many hundreds of hours, and must pass a certification exam and maintain continuing education in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. The majority of insurance companies use a BCBA’s credentials as medical professionals for network services and contract directly with providers on this level. At Child’s Play, while each client officially has an assigned BCBA heading their case, our clinicians lead each child’s protocols in concert. Each of our Analysts specialize in separate and overlapping areas of learning. Some specialize in early language acquisition, while others specialize in aggressive behaviors. Still yet are those with experience in socially appropriate sexual behaviors in adolescents.  Whatever your family’s needs, Child’s Play strives to have you covered. As your needs change; well, we’ve got that too.
  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in an approved field, meeting the required concentration hours of the certification and supervision in their program, and also must pass a certification exam and maintain continuing education in the field of ABA. BCaBAs must work with the oversight of a BCBA, and are generally used to support and increase the number of clients a BCBA can ethically oversee at any given time. It is not uncommon to have BCaBAs providing direct care of necessary cases, especially in cases of increase aggressive or rapidly-shifting problem behavior types.
  • The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) level is a newer certification in our field, only rolled out in the late 2010s. RBT Certification requires a High School education (although many autism centers utilize staff who are college graduates in non-ABA fields) and RBTs can only work in the field when constantly overseen and supervised by a BCBA. RBTs are trained by their BCBA, fulfilling a certification credential and must pass a certification examination. RBTs cannot operate on limited supervision or on their own. Moving forward, many insurers will likely be requiring all therapist-level positions to be RBT certified, and some already do; Child’s Play is working to remain ahead of that requirement with our ongoing certification and training program at the center-based location level of care. Child’s Play designates dedicated trainers at each of its locations who’s sole purpose is to oversee ongoing staff strengthening of skill sets.
  • Getting a haircut doesn’t have to be a scary trip for your child.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Getting a haircut doesn’t have to be a scary trip for your child. Talk about what to expect at the salon! Going during the day or slow time is best because it’s not as noisy. Do they have a favorite toy? Bring it along, if possible, to help them relax.

  • Homework can be a challenge!

    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Homework can be a challenge! Find a quiet space in your home that is the dedicated “homework spot”. Try eliminating distractions and creating visuals to help guide them along and prioritize their work each day.

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a great day for you to help your child understand the importance of identifying special people in their lives such as family, teachers and friends. For a fun activity, have them make Valentine’s for each person!

Child’s Play Autism Centers has been coordinating with the Bowen Center on behalf of children and families in Huntington since they began in 2013. The staff are very dedicated to providing individualized treatment, explaining benefits of ABA therapy, and making every child and family who walk through the door feel comfortable. We are pleased to see the tremendous progress in the children who we referred.

-Shelly Sneider, Director of the Huntington Bowen Center