Affiliations, Professional Standards and Partnerships
Child’s Play represents to the families we serve the highest level of scientifically-backed, patient-first care available. This is not enough. We never give up. We constantly evolve. Yesterday simply isn’t going to be good enough tomorrow.
With this in mind, partnering with, participating in, and getting recognition from other organizations is a key to our evolution. Be it from accreditation from field-specific evaluating bodies, partnerships in field experience from renowned universities, or early adopters in new standards of care, Child’s Play will always strive to remain at the forefront.
Council for Autism Service Providers (CASP)
Child’s Play is one of over 200 organizations on the Council for Autism Service Providers (CASP). The council is a non-profit association of providers required to meet strict standards of ethical practice while serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Child’s Play, the field of ABA and CASP celebrate the individualities and uniqueness of anyone with autism, empowering them to express themselves effectively while developing a variety of tailored skills needed to function at their very best. The evolution of ABA therapy is the most significant treatment developed for autism to date, and as a part of CASP, Child’s Play is able to communicate with the other CASP organizations to push that progress and ethically develop new strategies. Furthered evolution is key to help each patient with autism and their families obtain the services they deserve.
BACB Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) Standard
Child’s Play was an early adopter of the RBT credential in 2015. While few insurance payers currently require the credential for technician-level staff, we adopted the process into our initial hire training over three years ago. Every one of Child’s Play technicians, all the way down to entry-level MUST be RBT certified to retain their employment status after 90 days.
An RBT is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of an authorized RBT Supervisor who is responsible for the work performed by the RBT. This requires an intensive amount of direct supervision by that professional. The purpose of ongoing supervision is to improve and maintain the behavior-analytic, professional, and ethical repertoires of the RBT and facilitate the delivery of high-quality services to clients. Each RBT must obtain ongoing supervision for a minimum of 5% of the hours spent providing behavior-analytic services per month.
While some practices are just beginning to adopt or look into RBT certification for their staff, we have re-certified our interventionists multiple times over. Better care is just the beginning.
Purdue University Global – Partner
Child’s Play is a Partnered Practicum site for Purdue University Global’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Clinical Psychology – Applied Behavior Analysis. With this enhanced partnership, Purdue chose to trust in Child’s Play to place its students, recognizing us as a premier location to receive a rounded exposure and teaching experience in their clinical requirements in ABA.
Child’s Play offers opportunity to work with clients over the entire spectrum, including severe aggression and self-harm; something no other regional clinical practice can claim for its clinical students.
Child’s Play employees enjoy discounted tuition as an added bonus as a partner.
Huntington University – Doctoral Student Pediatrics Rotation
Each semester, our clinics host pediatric rotation clinical students in Huntington University’s doctoral program in occupational therapy (OTD) who complete projects and meet additional requirements for their program.
The OTD program at Huntington University is fully accredited and has a network of alums who are making contributions to the field of occupational therapy. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist that the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) administers.
InPEAT – Indiana Providers of Effective Autism Treatment
Child’s Play’s influence goes beyond treatment. Our co-owners Becki Fulcher and Jason Shaw are founding members of InPeat, a statewide collection of direct ABA providers that are working together to improve insurance company relations and the methods they use to authorize/deny services for children. Child’s Play Plus is one of only two providers in Northeast Indiana that have elected to support this effort financially and in time commitment. Jason serves as President alongside the Board of Directors, where he will continue to advance the awareness and goals of the group.
InPeat’s Board of Directors are represented and frequently meet with other groups working on issues ranging from licensure of Behavior Analysts in Indiana to Indiana Medicaid and Commercially available insurance. To learn more about InPeat’s efforts that are being made to support patients with autism and their families, please visit the InPeat website.
Hope…. hope is the word that best sums up what Child’s Play has given not just (our son) but our whole family. A year ago things were feeling pretty hopeless. It has been so uplifting to see the progress in (his)’s level of independence, self care, independent living skills, and emotional control. Making the decision to send him to Child’s Play is one we will never regret.
When looking for a school or center for a child with autism, the resources are limited when a typical school environment is not functional for your child. We came upon Child’s Play Autism Center and immediately fell in love with the one-on-one interaction for our daughter. Not only does she get one-on-one ABA therapy in her own private therapy room, she also has the opportunity to interact with other students. There are so many areas for her to “play” and learn. There is a music area, pretend play area, gross motor area, sensory area, kitchen area and so much more. She gets the chance to go shopping at the grocery store to work on social behaviors as well as takes trips to the mall. And she goes out to lunch to work on her social and public goals. All of the staff is amazing and is in constant communication as to how my daughter is doing. They are all so supportive! My daughter has excelled greatly since beginning at Child’s Play Autism Center!!! I am so thankful they are here in Ft. Wayne!
As a parent it is hard to watch your child struggle and not make progress in normal child development areas such as verbal, social, emotional and academic skills. As a family we were at a level of deep frustration and didn’t know where to turn to get help. Thankfully, you made a commitment to our community to provide ABA therapy services.
Child’s Play has provided us with an opportunity to address all of the issues our son has with a program that is comprehensive and customized. Other programs we’ve utilized only address speech when it is the allotted speech time, etc. At Child’s Play Autism Center, they formulate a unique plan for each individual child and work on deficient skills with a precise calculated strategy so your child can attain multiple goals with the completion of one task.
More than just the therapeutic processes provided, the staff genuinely care for my child and his progress. ABA therapy has been a blessing in our life. We have a long way to go but every week we see some sort of progress in speech or behavior. Child’s Play is making a difference in our entire family’s life for the better and they are a great community asset.
They are a blessing. They have done so much for my son. Couldn’t ask for anything better. You guys rock.
Child’s Play Autism Centers has been coordinating with the Bowen Center on behalf of children and families in Huntington since they began in 2013. The staff are very dedicated to providing individualized treatment, explaining benefits of ABA therapy, and making every child and family who walk through the door feel comfortable. We are pleased to see the tremendous progress in the children who we referred.
My confidence in their ability to help my patients has yet to wane. Child’s Play is an amazing resource to our community.
They are amazing!! So happy that there is a place for my daughter to go and be challenged to meet her potential!!
Our son has grown leaps and bounds under Rebecca’s supervision. He engages with his peers, has had a huge decrease in meltdowns and works daily on his difficulties on transitions. We are more than pleased with his progress and he loves being there with all his friends!
They are the best! I couldn’t ask for a better place for (my son) to go to…. He went from barely being able to walk with a walk to walking independently in a matter of five months. His therapist’s Rock!!!!!!
I feel incredibly blessed by my child’s support team. I pinch myself everyday when I think about how lucky we are to have found Child’s Play. My child is loved, supported, and encouraged every step of the way, and it shows–he is thriving!
We love this place. We could not be any happier with the results and the huge improvement with our son. They always go more and beyond to help him. I highly recommend this place to anybody who is looking for ABA services.