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.
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.
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.
The January Parent Newsletter
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
is here! Take a look: https://mailchi.mp/e33822a17948/january_newsletter
Parent’s Night Out!
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Mark your calendars for Friday, January 24 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. All enrolled families are welcome to participate! Be sure to sign up at the reception desk (available at each office). Our Huntington and Glenbrook clinics will be ready for your kiddo with fun things to do while you enjoy an evening OUT!
Monday, January 6, 2020
Most of us depend on some type of schedule to keep our lives on track. This also holds true to your child learning how to do certain tasks or activities. Visual cues help them see and remember the steps of what comes next. This can be really helpful at home!
I feel incredibly blessed by my child’s support team. I pinch myself everyday when I think about how lucky we are to have found Child’s Play. My child is loved, supported, and encouraged every step of the way, and it shows–he is thriving!