Dr. Carl Sundberg to Present at Michigan Autism Conference

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Dr. Carl Sundberg will be presenting at the Michigan Autism Conference on Thurs., Sept. 25th! Via MAC’s program: 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.; Arcadia Ballroom 2 Carl T. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Behavior Analysis Center for Autism) Maintaining Skill Repertoires Taught to Children with Autism There is much more to skill maintenance than conducting maintenance trials…. Read more »

Research Department Update

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Regarding research, we are continuing with the tact-to-mand transfer study. This study involves first teaching 3 enjoyable chains of behavior or activities, teaching tacts for specific items within each activity, testing whether mands for previously tacted items emerge when necessary items are missing, then teaching one mand at a time until new mands begin to… Read more »

Penn State Conference; 2014

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**Blog post by team supervisor Ann Dorlet  I had the pleasure of attending the National Autism Conference at Penn State with some wonderful work colleagues.  The Penn State conference is an intimate affair with some prominent speakers.  Among them were some of our Head Consultants here at BACA.  Dr.’s John and Barb Esch presented on… Read more »

Success in Softball?

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**Blog post by behavior technician Ryan Bable G’Day fellow readers, The softball season has come and gone, and as some of you may have known, or more likely not known, BACA once again had our mostly staff softball team this year. After last years rock-bottom-par performance of 0 wins, we had high hopes as we could only… Read more »

Sporting the Suit!

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**Blog post by BACA parent Suzanne Aaron    We were preparing him for a trip to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  This trip was to celebrate my parents’ 55th wedding anniversary over Memorial Day weekend, and this trip was their gift to us and my sister so that we could all spend this happy… Read more »

ABAI 2014: Dr. Carl Sundberg, Dr. Genae Hall and Jennifer Elia

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Via: http://www.abainternational.org/events/program-details/event-detail.aspx Assessing Outcomes of Intensive ABA/Verbal Behavior Therapy for Children with Autism using the VB-MAPP (Dr. Carl T. Sundberg, Dr. Genae Hall and Jennifer Elia) #183 Symposium, 5/25, 11-11:50 am, Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) will present outcome data for over 40 learners who were assessed and tracked using the VB-MAPP. These… Read more »

Dr. Barb Esch’s Upcoming Workshops: 2014

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Dr. Barb Esch, BCBA, CCC-SLP She will  be providing two workshops at the upcoming ABAI convention on May 23-27.  Workshop #11 Speech Program Development BARBARA E. ESCH (Esch Behavior Consultants, Inc.) Audience: This workshop is appropriate for BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, and anyone who has responsibility for speech development and speech-training programs for individuals… Read more »

“A Day in the Life” – OT/ST at BACA

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Angela Seal, MOT, OTR Our centers are a very unique setting to work in as an Occupational Therapist, as it is essentially an all-day outpatient clinic in a school-like environment.  The clients arrive typically by 8:30 in the morning and leave by 4:30 in the afternoon.  During this time, I set up 3-5, 60-minute treatment… Read more »

It Takes a Village

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**Blog post by BACA Z Administrative Assistant Rae Eberle  To say that there is no small job at BACA is an understatement.  In fact, any person who is involved with one of our clients plays a huge role in their development.  Every part of our client’s days is spent “working.”  Their work looks much different… Read more »

Every Ending is a New Opportunity

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**Blog post by BACA behavior technician Lindsey Garringer I have been privileged to work for BACA for the last 8 months after making a career change following my undergraduate degree.  Since my start at BACA, I have had the opportunity to work with a large group of people that are passionate about what they do… Read more »

Baby Steps

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      **Blog post by BACA behavior technician Kayla Rider  I met Jacob on February 18, 2013, and shortly after that he became my primary client. Since then we’ve had a pretty amazing bond and a fantastic working relationship. This bright, funny and beautiful boy brightens my day on a daily basis. He does… Read more »

A Swing for BACA Hart!

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**Blog post by BACA Hart Behavior Technician Holli Perrin  It’s beginning to get cold here in Northern Indiana and soon our kids will not be able to go outside and enjoy the playground. Our facility offers many indoor motor options including the ball pit, scooters, tunnel and parachute. However, some of our kids don’t have… Read more »

Halloween Hoopla at BACA!

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Each of our BACA centers has definitely gotten in the Halloween spirit this month! From trick-or-treating to roller skating, we have been busy. Oct. 27th: Halloween Skate at Skateland We were excited to pair up with Skateland this past weekend for a sensory friendly skating opportunity for our families. They kept the lights on and… Read more »

What is the Sprouts program?

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**Blog post by BACA Sprouts Teachers Nicole Hayhurst and Gracie Marchino The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism offers a very unique program at our Zionsville and Fishers locations. The BACA Sprouts program is currently in its third year of implementation. We strive to continue and grow each year.  Our program incorporates BACA clients that have… Read more »

HABA 2013: BACA

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This year, the HABA Conference will take place Oct. 11-12 at the IUPUI Campus Center. (420 University Blvd., Indianapolis.) The Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis’s goal is to educate and help implement the ethical and effective behavioral practices in research, schools, homes, etc. We’re happy to have BACA represented at this year’s conference. Read below… Read more »

BACA Involved with First Annual Michigan Autism Conference

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Three of the consultants of BACA’s clinical team are taking part in the first annual Michigan Autism Conference, which will take place Oct. 9-11 at the Fetzer Center on Western Michigan University’s campus. The goal of the conference is to provide families, practitioners and researchers with valuable information regarding working with those with autism. Those… Read more »

Get Ready for Fall Fun at Piney Acres!

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Hello families of BACA! My name is Rachael Zenor, and I have recently joined the BACA Prep Extended Services team. I have done Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) off and on for about five years, and I am working towards my BCaBA. I have really enjoyed getting to know your kids and finding out more about… Read more »

Sharing with Others: My Trip to Nicaragua

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**Blog post by BACA Behavior Technician Morgan Gardner I started to write this blog post about a month ago. I’m just now getting to it, not because my life is so busy, but because it has taken that long for my experiences to sink in enough for me to be able to adequately share them… Read more »

“Colored My Mind” Brings Message of Hope

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**Blog post by BACA parent and advocate Kristian Little On July 20, I was proud to be part of an event that took autism awareness in Indiana to another level. Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, from the famed sitcom “Martin,” LaDonna Hughley (wife of comedian and Dancing With The Stars contestant D.L. Hughley) and entertainment producer Shannon… Read more »

The Importance of Mentoring

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**Blog post by BACA Occupational Therapist Angela L. Seal, MOT, OTR For the past three months, I have had the privilege of mentoring an up-and-coming occupational therapist. Megan Allen is an occupational therapy student from the University of Indianapolis. She began her affiliation with BACA on May 20, 2013, which was her first of two… Read more »

BACA with the Band

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If you’ve never been to the Clay Terrace shopping mall in Carmel, you should take a trip and stop by this summer! Though it’s a great shopping area all year round, it’s especially worth your while if you come in the summer months so you can walk around and enjoy the warm weather. What people… Read more »

Geof’s Memorial Garden

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Geof Mohs was someone who could fill a room at BACA with energy and smiles. And so, it was important to do something to honor Geof that could bring out energy and smiles in those at BACA today. Geof’s mom, Terry Mohs, knew about a service project through Lowe’s called “Lowe’s Heroes.” Lowe’s Heroes brings… Read more »

Scott’s Big Move

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**Blog post by Clinical Director Scott Dueker  What a whirlwind!  One day I was working at BACA Prep, the next I was frantically trying to find a place to live in a town 3 hours away.  Holy cow, what had I done? In the beginning of March, I had just accepted the offer to be… Read more »

Visit from Morningside Academy

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**Blog post by BACA Assistant Consultant Pamela Arles, B.A.; with quotes from BACA Clinical Consultant Bob Ryan, M.S., BCBA; Morningside Academy Assistant Director of Schools & Agencies Kris Melroe; and Dr. Bill Helsel from Morningside Academy BACA recently had the privilege of hosting Dr. Bill Helsel and Kris Melroe from Morningside Academy in Seattle. During… Read more »

Transitioning Into Great Things

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**Blog post by BACA Therapist, Colleen Coleman   I started working at BACA in May 2011 and a few months later I walked into work like any normal day to see on the schedule “Colleen as Megan’s new primary.” At first I had to do a double take because I wasn’t really familiar with Megan since I was a brand… Read more »

A Crowning Celebration

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**Blog post by BACA Therapist, Susan Foss Our very own Katie was chosen to crown Mary today for the May Crowning, celebrating Mary as well as all mothers, including the moms of Katie and her friends. Katie has learned through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) verbal behavior to smile for pictures and follow directions and motions… Read more »

The OT Realm

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**Blog post by BACA Occupational Therapist, Angela Seal, MOT, OTR Many people often ask me what an Occupational Therapist does and my general answer is…ANYTHING!  The definition of an Occupational Therapist from the AOTA.org is someone who helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use… Read more »

Circus Shenanigans

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Part of the group that attended the circus outing.[/caption] **Blog post by BACA ABA Therapists, Morgan Gardner and Jessica Linneweber Yes, kids…we saw a tiger’s poop. Community outings with children are always interesting.  Today, I walked into work knowing it was going to be a good day because we, my friends, were going to the… Read more »

BACA Clinical Team Heads to ABAI Annual Convention

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BACA is attending and participating in the 39th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Convention. Consultants from the BACA clinical team will present on a variety of topics at the annual convention, scheduled for May 24-28 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.  The ABAI Convention offers a unique opportunity to connect with… Read more »

Life in the Fast Lane of a Behavior Therapist

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**Blog post by BACA ABA Therapist, Sara Key Working with kids who have autism is obnoxious (you know the “good” obnoxious). Even when we’re not with them, we’re thinking of them, dreaming of them (yes, this happens more than it should), talking about them (within HIPAA regulations of course), or behaving like them (I have… Read more »

An Adventure Brings Clarity

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**Blog post by BACA ABA Therapist, Raynandole E. Poindexter I recently had the opportunity to join a BACA client of mine on an adventurous excursion to Moe’s Southwest Grill. This magnificent occasion comes complimentary due to his consistent growth and maturation through superb ABA therapy, which seems to be virtually genetic at BACA. Though this… Read more »

Spread the Word: Behavior Analysis is for Everyone!

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**Blog post by BACA Administrative Director Devon Sundberg I began in the field of behavior analysis like most people I know — I enjoyed working with children with autism, and so I applied for a job providing therapy to them. I had little to no knowledge of behavior analysis or how it was used to… Read more »