Sensory Processing Issues and Summer: Sand, Sweat, Fireworks … Oh, My!

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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Families everywhere are chucking backpacks and school shoes to the back of the closet and getting ready for some fun in the sun. While other members of the family enjoy themselves during the quintessential summer activities, sensory-sensitive kids may feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. How… Read more »

What in the World Is a Behavior Tech?

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Ever heard of the job behavior technician? If you like working with kids and families—and making a difference in their lives, while earning a paycheck—this might be the job for you. A job as a behavior tech is a fairly new entry-level position that involves working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD),… Read more »

One Dad’s Story: Giving Back Helped My Family Heal

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Steve Olson’s day once started with an hour-long commute through the traffic-laden corridors of Silicon Valley, followed by long, intense hours at a high-stress job he did not even like. Today, however, Steve lives an altogether different life. He’s a single father to his teenage daughters, Madeline and Addison; a volunteer with local nonprofits serving… Read more »

5 Steps to Swim Safety for Your Child with Autism

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Cute Happy Little Boy with Autism In Goggles Swimming

As the summer heat settles in, many families head to pools, beaches grow crowded, and our time spent near water becomes part of our routines. What seems like a standard summer activity for most can be challenging for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Sadly, drowning after elopement, a term used to… Read more »

Transitioning to Summer: 5 Tips to Make It a Success

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by Elizabeth Jeffrey-Arceneaux, M.S., BCBA Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), Louisiana With summer fast approaching, the increased time for preferred activities may be a point for joy and satisfaction, but this can also challenge parents as they attempt to transition kids from necessary tasks and activities. Most children, particularly those with autism, benefit from structure and… Read more »

Easing Your Child Back Into Life Post-Pandemic

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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral If the last 16 months have taught us anything, it’s that the only constant in life with COVID-19 is change. And while the persistent evolution of information and safety protocols has left many with a severe case of whiplash, its impact on children has been even… Read more »

How Parents and Caregivers of Kids with Autism Cope with Stress

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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Parenting can be stressful, and research shows that parents of autistic children consistently score higher on stress indicators than other groups of parents. While stress can be good for us—in manageable doses, it can energize and motivate—prolonged bouts of stress can lead to health… Read more »

Christian Tsetsos Shares Stories from His Life on the Spectrum

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Christian Tsetsos works as an insurance authorization coordinator for the head office of LEARN’s Behavioral Concepts (BCI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, while serving, on the side, as a neurodiversity advocate and Asperger’s/autism speaker. He joined us recently to share stories from his professional and personal life with autism, delving into everything from his life growing up… Read more »

Understanding the Evolution of ABA

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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is widely considered by many professionals and families to be the “gold standard” in intervention for children on the autism spectrum. With decades of empirical evidence to support its efficacy at teaching necessary skills and reducing maladaptive behaviors, ABA is broadly funded… Read more »

A Special Mother’s Day Interview with Becky Schoenfeldt

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Becky Schoenfeldt, a registered behavior technician (RBT) for LEARN’s Behavioral Concepts (BCI) clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts, spends her days helping kids with autism attain goals on their behavioral health treatment plans. At the end of the day, she goes home to do more of the same, only this time with her 18-year-old son, Dougie, who… Read more »

Create a Calm-Down Kit for Your Child with Autism

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As parents and caregivers, we’re hard-wired to respond to our children’s cries with efforts to comfort and soothe. Nothing is more frustrating, however, than when our efforts fall short—and our child spirals into a meltdown. What can help? In a few words: a calm-down kit. A calm down kit is simply a collection of objects… Read more »

Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA: Maia Jackson

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Our new series, “Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA,” continues with an interview with Maia Jackson, the clinical development manager of LEARN Behavioral’s Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) office in Oakland, California, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The series comes on the heels of an analysis conducted by the Behavior… Read more »

This Earth Day and Beyond, Spend More Time in Nature

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by Genevieve Marshall, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA Clinical Director, SPARKS Years ago, in an undergraduate social psychology class, I recall my professor focusing an entire lecture on how the industrial revolution affected our relationship with nature. Specifically, the professor talked about the migration to cities and the increasing amount of time children spent inside, whether working… Read more »

Evie and Kelly Mutsch Talk About Their Journey with Autism—and Their Thriving, Eco-Friendly Business

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When Evie Mutsch, at age two-and-a-half, started applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP), she spoke no words and tended to express herself in tantrums, her mom, Kelly, says. Today, however, at age 10 and a half, words pour from her mouth as she talks about the intricacies of the… Read more »

Perspectives: Embracing Individuality in Behavior Analysis

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By Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral   Eye contact. “Quiet” hands. These were goals for autistic children everywhere in ABA programs in the 1990s. As a generation of autistic children have come of age and grown into autistic adults, we’ve heard their criticisms, a few of them being: eye contact… Read more »

Why We’re Embracing Acceptance this April—and Beyond

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  As you know, April has been Autism Awareness Month for several decades now. This year, after careful consideration, we are shifting our focus for the month from Autism Awareness to Autism Acceptance. Why Acceptance, instead of Awareness? For one, leading disability groups nationwide, including the Autism Society of America, Easter Seals, The Arc, and the National Association… Read more »

BACA Partners with LEARN Behavioral—and Boosts Opportunities for Families and Staff

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Collaboration and partnership have been at the core of our organization since it started in 2009. Now, in a move that will boost clinical resources and training and growth opportunities, BACA is teaming up with LEARN Behavioral, an organization that specializes in using evidence-based, contemporary ABA therapy to nurture the potential of children with autism… Read more »

Autism Diagnostic Process

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June 28th, 5:30-6:30 pm 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077 Register here!   – Helping families to better understand acquiring or ruling out a diagnosis of autism – We understand that the process of determining whether or not your child has autism can be daunting and draining on parents and caregivers. BACA has partnered with… Read more »

Summer 2018 Marketing Internship

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The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism is seeking an enthusiastic summer intern to work side-by-side with our Director of Marketing. Will that be you?! Internship Details

WIBA 2018: Save the date!

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Save the date! #WIBA2018 will be taking place March 22-23, 2018, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN! We’re excited to share this video that showcases our most recent WIBA Conference. Thanks to everyone that helped make the event a great one and we look forward to seeing you all next… Read more »

BACA is Hiring!

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We are hiring at our BACA Prep (Fishers), BACA Z (Zionsville) and BACA Hart (Elkhart) locations. Please apply at https://thebaca.com/career-opportuni…. The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was founded in 2009 under the direction of Dr. Carl Sundberg, BCBA-D. Services are based on principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, more specifically B.F. Skinner’s analysis of Verbal… Read more »

Dr. Carl Sundberg to Present at HABA 2016

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Dr. Carl Sundberg, BCBA-D, will be presenting at this year’s Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. The presentation is titled “Maintaining Skill Repertoires Taught to Individuals with Autism” and will be taking place on Sat., Oct. 15th, 10-10:50 am, in Wabash Ballroom 1 of the Indianapolis Convention Center.   Registration can be found here: http://hoosieraba.com/ The full… Read more »

Dr. Carl Sundberg to Present at Michigan Autism Conference 2016

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Dr. Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, will be presenting at this year’s Michigan Autism Conference! Thursday, Sept. 15th, 1-2:20 pm, Arcadia Ballroom Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Behavior Analysis Center for Autism) Teaching in the Natural Environment Teaching in the natural environment can be difficult but is critical. This is one of the areas that parents, behavior… Read more »

Congrats to WMU’s Dr. Poling on Receiving International Humanitarian Award

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A note from BACA’s Dr. Carl Sundberg:   I would like to congratulate Dr. Alan Poling for receiving this year’s International Humanitarian Award from the American Psychological Association.  I am very proud to say that Dr. Poling was an academic advisor of mine at Western Michigan University.  I took six classes from Dr. Poling, worked… Read more »

BACA Charities to Sponsor Activity Tent at FFF

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BACA Charities will be providing an opportunity for children with sensory issues to enjoy a fun-filled area at the festival.   BACA Charities will be hosting an activity tent at the 28th Annual Fishers Freedom Festival on Saturday, June 25th, 10:00AM-8:00PM and Sunday, June 26th, 11:00AM-3:30PM and 5:30PM-8:00PM. This will be free of charge to… Read more »

2016 Calendar Announcement

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Staff Development Days and Parent Center Meetings will be announced at a later date. View the website’s calendar for holiday dates in 2016 when the center is closed.