About Child’s Play

To founders Becki Fulcher and Jason Shaw, Child’s Play Autism Centers is the perfect balance of clinical and operational excellence in an organization. Opened in 2014, Child’s Play represents the area’s premier behavioral and autism centers, delivering exceptional Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to our community’s children with autism and related disorders, including those displaying high magnitude and self-injurious aggression.

Child’s Play’s founders play an active role in overseeing their locations on a daily basis. It is their responsibility to ensure that the clinics deliver consistent care and support to the numerous clients who attend the 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 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.
  • We are celebrating our 5th Anniversary!

    Monday, July 15, 2019

    THANK YOU to our staff & families for all you have contributed over the past 5 years. We can all be proud of the work we’ve done… and we are just getting started!

  • Festival season is upon us!

    Friday, July 12, 2019

    Sometimes the noise and crowds can be too much for our kiddos. We have some tips to help make the day enjoyable for all.

    1. Bring their favorite snacks. They may not be interested in trying new food.
    2. Be ready to take a break from the crowd. Find a shady spot that is away from all of the excitement.
    3. Headphones for the noise may help.
    4. Know their limits. There are a lot of new sights, sounds and smells at places like that. If it turns out to be too much, don’t worry about heading out early.

  • Summer months often bring some vacation time

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    If you are taking a road trip we would like to offer some tips to make the best of it!

    1. Bring headphones and a tablet or music to help keep your child entertained on the long ride.
    2. Make stops and take a break and stretch your legs. This is good for everyone!
    3. Give them a map and talk about where you are going and how long it takes to get there. They may have fun being the navigator!
    4. Do they like to play games? Try some like eye-spy, etc. to pass the time.
    5. Snacks. We all love to have something to nibble on for those longer rides.

My confidence in their ability to help my patients has yet to wane. Child’s Play is an amazing resource to our community.

 

-Dr. Duane Hougendobler, Regional Clinical Medical Director for Parkview Pediatrics