Natick, MA., OCTOBER 16 – A panel of experts in behavior analysis from Realizing Children’s
Strengths (RCS) Learning Center in Natick recently presented at the 39th Annual Berkshire
Association for Behavior Analysis and therapy (BABAT) Conference in Amherst, MA, the largest
and longest-running conference in the country for behavior analysts.
RCS presented a symposium titled Utilizing Equivalence-Based Instruction to Teach Academic
Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Members of the RCS Research Team
presented three studies demonstrating the effectiveness of specific types of instruction. Team
members presenting were Christina King, PhD., BCBA, LABA, Executive Managing Director of
RCS Learning Center, Megan Breault, M.S., BCBA, LABA, Clinical Director of RCS Learning Center,
and Colleen Yorlets, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Chief Clinical Specialist.
BABAT, a highly respected professional organization for behavior analysts, hosted the annual
conference targeting professionals, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the areas of
behavior analysis, autism, developmental disabilities, ethics, behavioral medicine,
organizational behavior management and more. The conference draws expert presenters and
professionals in the field from across the US. Throughout the year, BABAT provides practice
resources, support for members’ professional development, recognition of significant
contributions, and the sharing of research and scholarship. This year the conference was able to
live-stream some of the discussions for the first time.
About Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center
Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center is a leading not-for-profit, chapter 766
approved private special educational school that provides the highest quality individualized
behavioral and educational services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other
developmental disabilities. For over a decade, RCS Learning Center has exceeded the standards
for teaching students with Autism through the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
treatment methodology with an emphasis on Verbal Behavioral Model for teaching
communication and language skills. Individualized curriculum, programming, and 1:1 support is
tailored to meet the needs of each student that includes specialized vocational program for
students 14 years and older. Our highly respected leaders in the field of ABA conduct cutting
edge research, present at national and local conferences and provide intensive training for
individuals in the field of Behavioral Analytics and ABA. RCS Learning Center is based in Natick,
MA and is a 501c3b non-profit. More information is available at www.rcslearning.org.