Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Clinicians Share their Knowledge as Respected Expert Resources, Continue to Build Awareness for Autism

A panel of behavior experts from Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center in Natick and RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting recently presented at the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) Conference in Amherst.

Nov. 17, 2017 / PRZen / NATICK, Mass. — RCS Learning Center Executive Director and Chief of Research and Application, Dr. Christina King, PhD, and Colleen Yorlets, RCS Chief Clinical Specialist, co-chaired the panel and led the discussion at the University of Massachusetts on Preparation and Oversight of Early Career BCBAs. Multiple RCS staff served as panelists, including RCS Learning Center Clinical Director Meg Breault, and Lillie Joyce, Clinician. They were accompanied by Dr. Russell Maguire and Dr. Ron Allen of Simmons College, and Dr. Nicole Davis of Northeastern University.

For 30 years, Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), a respected resource for behavior analysts and others interested in the topic, has hosted an annual conference targeting many professionals, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the areas of behavior analysis, autism, developmental disabilities, ethics, behavioral medicine, staff development and more. The conference draws expert presenters and professionals in the field from across the US.  Throughout the year, BABAT provides advocacy for practice, support for members’ professional development, recognition of significant contributions, and the sharing of research and scholarship.

“University faculty, practitioners, and employers of behavior analysts all share the task of preparing new and future behavior analysts for their roles across various settings and populations,” said Colleen Yorlets, Chief Clinical Specialist for Realizing Children’s Strengths. “Regardless of the quality of graduate programs, practicing behavior analysts acquire and develop additional skills and methods in the field, making oversight beyond graduate school essential. In order to ensure the effectiveness and success of early career BCBAs, adequate ongoing support and feedback is critical.”

In the BABAT presentation titled Preparing and Overseeing Early Career BCBAs, panelists discussed some common development areas for new BCBAs and the challenges to oversight. Additionally, panelists shared models and strategies found to be effective in practice.

Nine BCBAs from RCS Learning Center also attended the conference for ongoing education and insight.

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Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) and Simmons College Collaborate in BCBA Program

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September 12, 2017., Natick, MA

Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS), which provides behavioral and educational research and education for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other development disabilities, announced a 2017/2018 collaboration with Simmons College that will enable RCS employees to further their education in Behavior Analysis on the RCS Learning Center campus.

Through this year’s agreement, the 5th Cohort to date, twenty-one staff members at RCS who wish to work toward an M.S. in Behavior Analysis have enrolled in the Simmons College Graduate Program, with all the classes being held at the RCS Learning Center in Natick. RCS employees receive a significant reduction in tuition and enjoy all the privileges of an on-campus Simmons student. After completing the 42 credits over five semesters, the RCS M.S. candidates will be eligible to sit for the BCBA exam.

The Simmons College Behavior Analysis program prepares its students for leadership roles in the implementation, evaluation and administration of applied behavioral analytic principles and methods.  The innovative curriculum emphasizes contemporary research and the fusion of applied behavior analysis with other scientific fields. Simmons and RCS have enjoyed a long relationship with Simmons staff also working full-time at RCS and Simmons BCBA students getting hands-on experience working with RCS students.

“Simmons is proud to work with the talented and dedicated staff at RCS and to provide them with the tools to give the children in their care the support they need,” said Professor Russell Maguire, who helped develop the program and serves as chair of the Behavior Analysis Department at Simmons. Adding, “RCS is committed to finding the most effective way to deliver high-quality programs and services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and this valuable collaboration enables RCS employees to study the latest advances in behavior analysis and immediately apply what they have learned in a real-life setting.”

Simmons College (www.simmons.edu) is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston, and is the preeminent authority on women’s leadership. Founded in 1899, Simmons is the only undergraduate women’s college in Boston, and maintains a history of visionary thinking and a focus on social responsibility. The college offers world-class coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, including physical therapy and nutrition; liberal arts; education; behavior analysis; library and information science; management; and social work.

“We strive to engage our employees with a supportive work environment which facilitates hands-on learning of behavior analytic principles and concepts,” said Dr. Christina King, RCS Learning Center’s Executive Managing Director and Chief of Research and Application for Realizing Children’s Strengths. Adding, “The RCS, Simmons Partnership not only allows our staff to grow in their careers, but most importantly it encourages them to deliver even more intensive behavioral and educational services in order to further our progress of each of the students we service.  This successful partnership has produced over 75 Behavior Analysts with many of the graduates remaining employed at RCS within an advanced role.  It is a great source of pride for RCS to maintain this partnership and add to the advancement of the science and application of Applied Behavior Analysis.”

About Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center
Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide the highest quality of individualized behavioral and educational research and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. Founders Denise Rizzo-Ranieri and Louis Ranieri combined their many years of successful behavioral and educational consulting with a leading team of experts and over a decade-ago developed the Natick school that exceeds the standards for teaching students with autism effectively through intensive, quality 1:1interactive education. The RCS team believes every child has unique skills and they are dedicated to helping each child develop these skills and reach their full potential with an intensive staffing and supervision structure which enables the highest quality of comprehensive and individualized programming and services tailored to meet every student’s needs. Realizing Children’s Strengths, which currently serves 45 RCS Learning Center students and 26 school districts in MA, also provides unique training environments with a continued focus on developing vocational skills training through real-world job training on site and at partner locations. Highly respected industry leaders with award-winning services, RCS Learning Center is based in Natick, MA and is a 501c3b non-profit. More information is available at www.rcslearning.org and http://rcsconsultingne.com/

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RCS Learning Center Receives Eighteen Thousand Dollars from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

Natick, Mass., July 18, 2017RCS Learning Center today announced it received a $18,389.00 grant awarded by the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation for the 2018 fiscal year. The support will allow RCS Learning Center to provide 1 to 1 access to technology for each student. Thus, ensuring the appropriate technological advances are available to every student to support their academic, vocational, and daily living needs.

RCS Learning Center will be adding iPads, supporting software programs, educational applications, and protective cases to provide the 1 to 1 access to technology that will allow for an increase in effectiveness of providing the highest quality of individualized programming for each student.

“For individuals with autism, access to technology can improve their communication, assist in the development of social skills, and aid the development of self-help and vocational skills.,” said Dr. Christina King, RCS Learning Center’s Executive Managing Director and Chief of Research and Application for Realizing Children’s Strengths. “Several students within our school are non-verbal with a limited ability to communicate with others. The iPad is an invaluable resource to provide them with an alternative way to communicate.”

RCS Learning Center is a nonprofit organization serving families and 26 school districts within Massachusetts providing the highest quality of individualized behavioral and educational research and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. RCS Learning Center prides itself in the unique qualities of the educational & behavioral services provided and with a vision to remain the leader with intensive and individualized programming in a 1:1 staff to student ratio.  The implementation of a 1 to 1 technology program supports this goal. Local residents can see how the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation grant and local funds are benefiting the RCS Learning Center by visiting us at www.rcslearning.org.

“Middlesex Savings Bank has always cared deeply about the communities we serve,” said Dana Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. “Through the Foundation grants, we are able to provide support to the people and organizations who work the hardest to both solve problems and create opportunities for our neighbors. We are pleased to support RCS Learning Center this year with the awarded grant.”

About the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2000 to carry out further the philanthropic mission of Middlesex Savings Bank by supporting the communities served by the Bank. Since its creation, the Foundation has provided more than $4 million in grants to over 400 nonprofit organizations, supporting services, and programs in a wide variety of fields, including education, and basic human services. Since the inception of the Foundation, Middlesex Savings Bank has funded the endowment with over $15 million in contributions. More information available at https://www.middlesexbank.com/community-and-us/community-support/Pages/charitable-foundation.aspx.

About Middlesex Savings Bank

Middlesex Savings Bank, founded in 1835 and headquartered in Natick, Mass., is a mutual savings bank. As one of the largest independent banks in Massachusetts with assets exceeding $4 billion, the bank has been committed to providing outstanding value in consumer banking and business banking products for 180 years. The FDIC and DIF insured bank has 30 branch offices located in 24 communities – Acton, Ashland, Bedford, Bellingham, Boxborough, Concord, Framingham, Franklin, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Littleton, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, an Westford. For more information, please visit www.middlesexbank.com, www.facebook.com/connectwithmsb and www.twitter.com/middlesexbank.

About Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center

Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center is a not-for-profit organization and global leader whose mission is to provide the highest quality of individualized behavioral and educational research and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Founders Denise Rizzo-Ranieri and Louis Ranieri combined their many years of successful behavioral and educational consulting with a leading team of experts and over a decade-ago developed the Natick school that exceeds the standards for teaching students with autism effectively through intensive, quality 1:1 interactive education. The RCS team believes every child has unique skills and they are dedicated to helping each child develop these skills and reach their full potential with an intensive staffing and supervision structure which enables the highest quality of comprehensive and individualized programming and services tailored to meet every student’s needs. Realizing Children’s Strengths, which currently serves 45 RCS Learning Center students, also provides unique training environments with a continued focus on developing vocational skills training through real-world job training on site and at partner locations. Highly respected industry leaders with award-winning services, RCS Learning Center is based in Natick, MA and is a 501c3b non-profit. More information is available at www.rcslearning.org, https://www.facebook.com/rcslearningcenter and https://twitter.com/RCSLearnCenter

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Autism Awareness Month: Natick School Says ‘Children With Autism Are Individuals’

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NATICK (CBS) – A Natick school says during Autism Awareness Month that children with autism can make progress.

Natick’s RCS Learning Center has been working with children, up to the age of 22, with autism for more than 10 years.

RCS students come to the school because they’ve been unsuccessful in the public schools.

“Our motto at RCS is that we want progress for all children. I think that’s a really important message to communicate,” King said.

“We actually measure that and report back to the families and the school districts in the community on how our students are doing and there’s measurable criteria for that,” King also said. “So all students making progress is really the bottom line.”

Another message the school wants the world to know is that kids with autism are people too.

“The most common impairments are in the area of their social skills. They have problems in presenting with eye contact or if they prefer to be alone,” King said. “Maybe they’re not responding to their name at about a year, year-and-a-half years old. That would be a potential signal.”

King adds that early diagnosis is crucial in helping children with autism.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Tina Gao reports

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