REALIZING CHILDREN’S STRENGTHS (RCS) AND SIMMONS COLLEGE COLLABORATE IN BCBA PROGRAM

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/

RCS BEHAVIORAL & EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING’S EARLY CHILDHOOD DIVISION IS GROWING QUICKLY!

WOBURN, MA 9/23/15– RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting’s Early Childhood Division has recently expanded their office space in Woburn, MA. RCS originally acquired office space in Woburn to accommodate the growing needs of their newest division, the Early Childhood division. Since moving into the office in March 2015 the division has nearly doubled the number of children and families they support making it necessary to move into a larger space. Thanks to the flexibility of Cummings Property, RCS was able to remain in the same building and relocate to a larger office down the hall.
Founded in 1997 by Louis Ranieri and Denise Rizzo, RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting provides highly individualized educational and behavioral services to children with Autism and other developmental disabilities from birth through the age of 22. The company supports children and youth in their home and school environments to help each child develop important skills to reach their full potential. RCS’ Early Childhood division, founded in June 2014, focuses on delivering services to children from birth through 6 years of age through the Rising Stars Integrated Preschool Program in Natick, Early Intervention services in the North Shore region, and traditional in-home and in-school consulting services through districts and insurance. The Early Childhood Clinical Team is comprised of Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Behavior Therapists with expertise working with young children and is led by Director of Early Childhood Programs, Allison Genovese and Clinical Director, Tiffany Szymanski.
“It has been really rewarding to watch RCS grow as much as we have over the past few years,” said Co-Founder and President, Denise Rizzo. “Upsizing the Woburn office is another step that will allow us to continue to provide the best services possible to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. The new office provides ample space to accommodate our ever growing team of exceptional clinicians and supervisors. This space will be used for weekly staff trainings, offices for our administrative team and planning space for our staff.
RCS’ new office is still located at the Cummings Properties’ 10 Tower Office Park in Woburn. Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting, generously donated desks and file cabinets to help fill the new space. Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm that provides solutions to complex technical problems. They are located in Natick, MA on Strathmore Road right across from RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting’s sister company RCS Learning Center, a non-profit school for children with Autism. Visit RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting at www.RCSconsultingNE.com or call 508-650-5990 for more information.

RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting Adds New Office Space in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM, MA, June 23, 2015–RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting is continuing their expansion by adding a new office location in Framingham, MA at 929 Worcester Rd. RCS is thrilled to continue to meet the increasing needs of children with autism. Having just recently added office space in Woburn, MA the acquisition makes this the second facility added in the last 4 months.
“We could not be happier to have another office space for our exceptional team,” said Co-Founder and President Denise Rizzo. “This addition will not only be a great new space for our growing organization, but will open up even more space at our Learning Center in Natick and our Woburn Offices. In order to meet the needs of our children it is our responsibility to provide an efficient and capable space in which our staff has the resources to be trained and refined. As we expand we are committed to ensuring the best possible care for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.”
Founded in 1997 by Louis Ranieri and Denise Rizzo, RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting provides highly individualized educational and behavioral services to children with Autism and other developmental disabilities from birth through the age of 22. The company supports children and youth in their home and school environments to help each child develop important skills to reach their full potential. Since 1997 RCS has grown to a multi-faceted organization that has successfully served over 1,000 individuals.
RCS hopes to be fully moved in by the beginning of July. For more information go to www.RCSconsultingNE.com or call 508-650-5990.

Tips for a Successful Summer

By: Robert Jost, M.S., BCBA and Megan Breault, M.S., BCBA

Can you believe it’s almost time to start preparing for summer break?  With huge piles of snow everywhere that don’t seem to be melting anytime soon, sunny weather and beach days seem about as distant as the moon.  However, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead, as before you know it your kids will be running through sprinklers and complaining of the heat.  Also, while summer break can be a fun and exciting time for many of us, it can add a whole new level of stress trying to coordinate activities for our students with special needs.  Because children with autism often benefit from structure and consistency, days or even weeks off may feel anything but relaxing.  If you, like many parents, struggle with planning for days off, here are some tips for making them more successful.

schedule

 

  1. Make a schedule. Our sessions are often more successful when our children have a visual to help them transition from one activity to the next. You can do this as well by writing out a list of the daily “to do’s,” or a visual schedule with photos or cartoons of the daily activities. You may want to have your child cross off each completed item, or move the picture icon from a “to do” to “all done” side of the schedule.

 

  1. Decide how much time you are comfortable with your child having electronics and put it on the schedule. If you feel like 30 minutes is appropriate for iPad time then write it out so there are clear expectations on the schedule (e.g. “Computer games—20 minutes”). Since our students often respond well to structure, a clear beginning and end time for these preferred activities can make the transition smoother. A timer that your child can hear, or even a visual timer (available as an app on a phone or tablet) could be a good way to signal the change in activity.  Additionally, use can these activities as reinforcers by placing them on the schedule directly after a less-preferred activity (i.e. “first clean-up then iPad”).

 

  1. Incorporate things your child can do independently onto the schedule. If you’re child loves to play legos or look at comics, then put this on the schedule as well (also set a timer). Breaks and vacation days are a great opportunity for children to build up these independent leisure skills, so that they can keep themselves engaged with these activities for increased durations.

 

  1. Get outside! Whether it’s a walk to the park, a lawn game, or even helping out with chores—some fresh air will do everyone good, and it’s a great way to break up the day. Going for a walk is a great way to practice safety skills in the community (stopping and waiting, crossing the street, etc.), and the children can practice social interactions as well.  If there is a preferred community outing that your child really likes (the park, a certain store), again, use this as a reinforcer by placing it directly after a more difficult task on their schedule.

 

  1. Arts and Crafts. There are plenty of websites nowadays that can help you to derive some activities out of what you have in your house. Make a collage out of magazine clippings or make homemade play doh! There are tons of different sensory activities you can explore using household ingredients, such as slime, gak, moon sand, and much more!  Use this as an opportunity to practice the fine motor skills your child has learned in school.  Additionally, you may discover your children really enjoy the sensory input from the different materials.

gak    papermache    playdoh

(More craft ideas at: http://www.kidactivities.net/category/art-goop-slime-gak-type-recipes.aspx)

 

If you are looking to schedule activities for more than just a few days of summer vacation, a summer day camp is a great way to get your children active and participating with their peers in a number of structured activities.  RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting has worked closely with a variety of summer programs to provide ABA support to children as they attend these programs with siblings and peers. If your child is enrolled in a summer camp, RCS can provide a 1:1 behavior therapist to assist with communication, social skills, safety skills, behavior management and activities of daily living. Numerous camp options are available to parents and can be found online. One such program is the Boys and Girls Club of Boston (http://www.bgcb.org/about-us/programs-and-services/summer-programs/). Mass Camps has a large list of summer camp options in the Boston area (http://www.masscamps.com/MassCampsBos.htm). Aspire Summer Camp is also a great resource for children with Autism Spectrum and related diagnoses (http://www.massgeneral.org/children/aspire/services/summer-camp.aspx). We hope you have a fun, productive, and successful summer!

 

About the Authors:
RJRobert Jost, M.S., BCBA is a Clinical Liaison at RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting and  has been working for the company for over 4 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in  Psychology from Fresno Pacific University in California, and received his Master’s of Science  in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in 2013. Robert has had extensive experience in  supporting students in home and school environments, and knows the benefits of providing  extra support to students during summer break! He is passionate about providing  programming for students to increase independence and success in various environments and  hopes these tips give you some ideas to make your child’s summer a success!

 

Megan Breault, M.S., BCBA is the Director of Training at RCS Learning Center and has been withMB the organization since 2010. Megan received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Stonehill College, and received her Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in 2013. Megan began her career with RCS Learning Center as a Behavior Therapist/Floater, was promoted to a Program Manager, and now acts as the organization’s Director of Training. Megan is passionate about ensuring staff and parents receive exceptional training and support to best serve students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Along with Robert, Megan hopes this article provides some great training and support as you look towards a fun and productive summer for you and your child!

RCS EXPANDS SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WITH SECOND OFFICE IN WOBURN

RCS EXPANDS SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WITH SECOND OFFICE IN WOBURN

RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting launches expanded Early Childhood Division

WOBURN, MA  3/12/15 – RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting has recently added an office in Woburn, MA to accommodate the increasing need for services for young children with autism. This space is an addition to the company’s headquarters at 6 Strathmore Road in Natick, MA and is home to RCS’ rapidly expanding Early Childhood division.

Founded in 1997 by Louis Ranieri and Denise Rizzo, RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting provides highly individualized educational and behavioral services to children with Autism and other developmental disabilities from birth through the age of 22. The company supports children and youth in their home and school environments to help each child develop important skills to reach their full potential. RCS’ Early Childhood division focuses on delivering services to children from birth through 6 years of age through the Rising Stars Integrated Preschool Program in Natick, Early Intervention services in the North Shore region, and traditional in-home and in-school consulting services through districts and insurance. The Early Childhood Clinical Team is comprised of Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Behavior Therapists with expertise working with young children and is led by Director of Early Childhood Programs, Allison Genovese and Clinical Director, Tiffany Szymanski.

“We are thrilled to continue growing our organization to serve even more children and families throughout Massachusetts,” said Co-Founder and President, Denise Rizzo. “The addition of our office in Woburn strengthens our commitment to ensuring children with autism and other developmental disabilities receive the best services imaginable at an early age. We look forward to our continued expansion in the Greater Boston and North Shore area.”

RCS’ new office is located at the Cummings Properties’ 10 Tower Office Park in Woburn and was generously furnished through a donation from Jim Souls, J.D., Owner/Director of Chyten Educational Services of Millis, MA. Visit RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting on the web at www.RCSconsultingNE.com or call 508-650-5990 for more information.

 

Office set up and furniture. Furniture donated by Chyten Educational Services in Millis.

Office set up and furniture. Furniture donated by Chyten Educational Services in Millis.

RCS' Early Childhood staff hold their first meeting at the new office.

RCS’ Early Childhood staff hold their first meeting at the new office.

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