Category Archives: childsplayautism

Our new OT pet!

Everyone say hello to the new OT pet! Drop some name suggestions below! 🙂

Play. Learn. Grow.

Play. Learn. Grow.
We asked our staff what our slogan means to them personally… here’s what Rebecca has to say!

“Child’s Play Plus gave me an amazing opportunity to learn and grow, especially as I transitioned from being an RBT to becoming a COTA. I am so grateful for all of the ways that I have grown in the time that I have worked here, and am excited to continue growing here as well!” – Rebecca Allen, COTA/L | Child’s Play Plus

Welcome to CP+!

A big WELCOME goes out to our newest RBT class! ::round of applause:: 🙂

Accessible Adventures!

Save that gas money and play, learn, grow close to home. Check out this list of attractions, accessible playgrounds, splash pads and more!

Complete list with clickable addresses to easily map your destination: https://mailchi.mp/c27c82a29e7c/accessible_adventures

Happy first day of summer!

Happy first day of summer! Stay cool with lots of water and a fresh tee from the Summer Collection 🙂 shopcpplus.com

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all of those amazing dads out there!

Summer Collection

The Summer Collection is here! Find your new favorite or grab them all. Mix + match your designs and tee colors! Shop now through July 1: https://childs-play-plus.myshopify.com/

Kudos for teamwork!

Kudos for teamwork!

We want to give a shout out to our amazing team for coming together, collaborating and providing the very best care to our kiddos. Even a derecho can’t keep us down 😉

Our Glenbrook clinic hosted our Jefferson Park crew for a couple of days while power was being restored to the building.

Caregiver Review

We’re proud to serve the families of our community!

“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.” – Caregiver Review

Picture yourself with us!

Picture yourself with us! Check out our current job opportunities on our Careers page: https://childsplayplus.com/cp-careers/

Our mission is to embrace the life and potential of children, of all levels of need, through competent and sincere supportive services in an environment that encourages them to play, learn and grow!

Reader’s Choice 2022!

We’ve been nominated! Thank you to our community for nominating us as your choice in pediatric therapy! We’re honored and proud to serve you!

Voting begins July 10!

What’s it like to work at CP+?

What’s it like to work at CP+?

“What I love about working at Child’s Play Plus is how much fun we have every day. We strive to make learning fun for the patients, and I think that makes a huge difference in how they grow! The staff have so much fun with each other too! It feels like a great big family. I love the continued training we receive and how managers take the time to check in and make sure we feel comfortable in our roles.” – Lydia Mack, RBT

Tour with us!

Tour with us!

We welcome you to take a guided tour of one of our 3 convenient locations to get to know us and ask questions! We’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Schedule a Visit | Child’s Play Plus (childsplayplus.com)

June Newsletter

The CP+ Newsletter is here for June! Follow the link to read all about it:

June Newsletter (mailchi.mp)

Outdoor games

We love playing outdoors! Games like hopscotch are a fun way to work on gross motor skills, bilateral coordination, turn taking and more!

Happy Memorial Day

In memory of all who served, happy Memorial Day!

Water safety!

Water safety! Did you know that your suit color matters? High visibility colors are a great idea when it comes to choosing a swimsuit (no matter the skill level). Look for bright colors like red, orange and neon – all of which will keep your kids more visible!

Other things to remember:
– Always supervise children with your full attention.
– Close and secure gates to unattended pool.
– Swim lessons for your child.
– Talk to your child about the importance of safety around the water.

Play. Learn. Grow.

Our BCBA team spends time with each patient regularly to assess their growth and ensure their treatment plan is always up to date!

Spirit Week!

We’re gearing up for the long weekend with a fun-filled Spirit Week! Kiddos are encouraged to participate and enjoy the week’s festivities with their therapy team!

Welcome Zach!

Please help us welcome Zach Smith to our Speech Team!

Zach is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in developmental speech and language as well as alternative-augmentative communication. Zach has an extensive background including practicing medical speech-language pathology in a hospital and skilled nursing facilities, to most recently in public schools working with pre-school and elementary aged children. This is where he found his passion to work in pediatrics. Here at Child’s Play Plus, Zach works with patients to identify and treat developmental delays that adversely impact communication by providing quality, individualized treatment.

“I want to help my patients reach their full potential as communicators and learners. ‘Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap a harvest if we do not grow weary. – Galatians 6:9’” – Zach Smith, CCC-SLP

We’re hiring!

We’re hiring!

Our mission is to embrace the life and potential of children, of all levels of need, through competent and sincere supportive services in an environment that encourages them to play, learn and grow!

Picnic in the park

One of our kiddos saved up her token money to buy a picnic in the park and time to play!

ABA + circle time

ABA + circle time in the classroom is so much more than hearing a story. We work on skills such as following directions from a teacher, tolerating sitting in a group with peers, hand raising, listening skills, imitating peers and turn taking just to name a few!

Water balloons!

Our Huntington kiddos made good use of this summer-like weather today with a game of water balloon toss!

OT projects!

Finger paint projects! Our OT patients had a great time creating something extra special for their moms!

Happy Mother’s Day!

We’re wishing all of those amazing moms out there a very happy Mother’s Day!

What’s it like to intern at CP+?

Thank you, Kennedy, for your kind words and spending the time to play, learn and grow with us during your clinical internship experience!

“They say time flies when you’re having fun, and my time at Child’s Play Plus has flown by. I’ve had multiple opportunities to gain professional experience as a psychology student at PFW, but my internship at the clinic was my favorite thus far. You have an amazing group of staff and kiddos, and I enjoyed every hour I spent with them. You all are doing amazing things for our community.

Thank you again for allowing students like myself to enter your clinic and learn more about ABA therapy. Coming out of this experience, I feel I have a better sense of the variety of ways ASD is displayed in individual patients and I’ve become more familiar with the range of treatment options available to them. I’m so thankful to have met you and your team, as you’ve taught me many valuable lessons over the course of the semester.”

Kennedy Westfall
Psychology Student | Purdue University Fort Wayne

Learning about safety

Thank you, Fort Wayne Fire Department, for showing us the fire truck today during our extended drill. The kids had a blast exploring the truck, practicing safety and asking the firemen lots of questions!

#thankyou #firefighter #childsplayplus #playlearngrow #aba #kids #therapy #autism #rbt #bcba #ot #occupationaltherapy #speech #slp #cota

May Newsletter

The CP+ Newsletter is here for May! Read on to learn what’s new at CP+ this month: https://mailchi.mp/6b988b7b5108/may2022_newsletter

New for ’22: Zoo Cups!

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is officially open to welcome families back for new adventures!

New for ‘22: CP+ is sponsoring the refillable souvenir cups! Grab one the next time you’re at the zoo for special deals on fountain drinks and icees.

We’re proud to partner with the Zoo as we share a common goal; to build a better tomorrow for the kids of our community.

Career Fair!

Come and see us at the Greater Whitley County Career Fair next Wednesday, May 4! Held at Columbia City High School. We’ll be set up with a table from 6 – 8 PM so come and talk to us about your dream job, your internship goals or just pop over to say hi (wave)

Hosted by SSG Scottie R. Huddleston of the Indiana Army National Guard.

Play. Learn. Grow.

We’re always encouraging our kids to play, learn and grow! Check it out – one of our patients has been writing and illustrating his own book during reinforcement time!

Did you know?

Did you know? Occupational therapists work with a wide range of diagnoses for children including autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, developmental delays, muscular dystrophy, general learning disabilities and more.

Visit our website to learn more about our OT services and how to get started! https://childsplayplus.com/occupational-therapy/

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from your friends at Child’s Play Plus!

Easter crafts

Easter crafts with the kiddos were a bit hit! We made bunny hats and used rice and whipped cream to color eggs; which works on skills such as following directions, motor skills, turn-taking and more!

Happy Donut Day!

Happy Donut Day to our staff celebrating birthdays and work-iversaries for the month of April!

Proud partner of the Fort Wayne TinCaps

Go TinCaps! It’s the opening game here in the Fort and we’re root, root, rooting for the home team!

We’re hiring!

We’re hiring in Huntington! https://childsplayplus.com/cp-careers/

Our mission is to embrace the life and potential of children, of all levels of need, through competent and sincere supportive services in an environment that encourages them to play, learn and grow!

Indoor Play Space

Each of our facilities have an indoor play space with kid-approved equipment 😉 Our OT gym features ALL the fun things that kiddos enjoy; ball pit, trampoline, adaptive swing, slides and more! We definitely put the PLAY in Child’s Play Plus!

Tour one of our facilities, meet our staff and bring your questions – we’re here for you! https://childsplayplus.com/contact/schedule-a-visit/

Pediatric care as unique as they are.

Pediatric care as unique as they are.

Each day we strive to provide the very best care in an environment that encourages each child to play, learn and grow!

April Newsletter

The CP+ Newsletter is here for April! Read on to learn what’s new at CP+ this month: https://mailchi.mp/d3f5080501c4/april2022_newsletter

Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day! Join us as we celebrate and advocate for these amazing kids!

Thank you!

Thank you to Huntington University for inviting us to visit your beautiful campus!

Come and see us!

Huntington University students! Come and see us in the HUB this Wednesday 3/30! We’ll be set up with a table from 10 AM – 2 PM. Talk to us about your dream job, your internship goals or just pop over to say hi!

There’s a place for you on our team

There’s a place for you on our team! Visit our careers page to view current opportunities. https://childsplayplus.com/cp-careers/

Our mission is to embrace the life and potential of children, of all levels of need, through competent and sincere supportive services in an environment that encourages them to play, learn and grow!

Science Central Visit

Finding new ways to play, learn and grow… at Science Central! 🙂

Skating into Monday…

Skating into Monday like…

We love to help our patients try new things and build confidence with their successes!

By the time they made it back down the hallway only one hand was needed to hang on to. Way to go kiddo!!

World Behavior Analysis Day

As the world recognizes Behavior Analysis we can’t help but recognize our own CP+ family. To all of the parents, families and caregivers; you are the number one advocate for these amazing kids. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of their lives. We’re so proud of them!

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the community of ABA; the children, families, therapists and clinicians as each of us find new ways to play, learn and grow!

Spirit Week!

Our Spirit Week celebrations were a big hit! Have a look at some of the outfits, projects and activities we enjoyed together.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your friends at CP+!

Skill building activities

It’s Spirit Week at CP+ and we’re getting festive with our activities.

This rainbow craft helps us work on things like color matching, grasping small objects, visual motor skills and more. Peer group activities also allow us to practice sharing and taking turns!

Social play

Therapy time is all about gaining skills! This includes engaging in social play and turn taking with peers!

Find the answers you’re looking for

We want you to find the answers you’re looking for whether you take a personal tour of our clinic or simply peruse our website resources: https://childsplayplus.com/resources/ We’re here to guide you every step of the way.

What’s it like to work at CP+?

What’s it like to work at CP+?

“Every day is different because every child is different. Watching a child learn or master a skill that you have been working on, is so rewarding. Knowing that I was a part of their success is an amazing feeling. I look forward to coming to work every day. I never believed it when someone would say they love their job because I didn’t believe that was possible. But being an RBT at CP+ has shown me that it is absolutely possible, and I do love my job!“

Maggie Lambert, Registered Behavior Technician

Today is the last day to shop the CP+ Winter Collection!

New logo tee colors, joggers and an exclusive new design that you don’t want to miss!

SHOPCPPLUS.COM

March Newsletter

The CP+ Newsletter is here for March! Read on to learn what’s new at CP+ this month: https://mailchi.mp/e2facacc38db/march2022_newsletter

Peace + Love Tees!

Choose your design! Available on our signature navy tee with the Child’s Play Plus logo on the left sleeve.

SHOPCPPLUS.COM

Mastodon Career Fair

PFW students! Come out and see us at the Mastodon Career Fair! Wednesday, March 2 from noon to 3 PM at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center fieldhouse.

Get to know us, grab some info and enter to win a free t-shirt! Hope to see you there 🙂

CP+ Winter Collection

Shop the CP+ Winter Collection! New logo tee colors, joggers and an exclusive new design that you don’t want to miss!

SHOPCPPLUS.COM

Generalization + ABA Therapy

One of our patients has worked his way up to real ice cream in the shop! In this generalized task he is successfully making change and serving ice cream to his friends!

We’re so proud of your hard work!

We’re hiring!

We’re hiring for our ABA Team! Check out the full job description here: https://childsplayplus.com/cp-careers/

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! We celebrated at clinic with a PJ day, activities and lots of fun!

Music + ABA Therapy

Our ABA team loves to introduce new and exciting activities and experiences into their patient’s therapy time. Today, we’re having a circle time sing-along in honor of national guitar day! 🙂

Donut Day!

Happy Donut Day! We’re celebrating the birthdays and workiversaries for February!

Finding the right care

Finding the right care for your child is a big decision! We’re here to help guide you every step of the way and encourage families to reach out with questions.

We love meeting new families and invite you to schedule a personal tour at one of our 3 conveniently located clinics to see for yourself how we play, learn and grow… at Child’s Play Plus!

February Newsletter

The CP+ Newsletter is here for February! Read on to learn what’s new at CP+ this month: https://mailchi.mp/451f43bbb4a0/february2022_newsletter

6 more weeks…

Phil says 6 more weeks of winter… sounds about right. Stay safe and warm today!

Fun at Work Day!

It’s National Fun at Work Day! To be fair, we have fun at work EVERY day, but we can always find ways to add in something extra! Today our Glenbrook clinic had a scavenger hunt, group bingo, musical chairs and a costume dance party!

Art + ABA Therapy

Art + ABA therapy! We love to explore new ways to connect and create! There are many benefits to using art during therapy that include creative thinking, motor skills, communication, tactile experiences and so much more!

Our Glenbrook kiddos are working on filling up the gallery wall in their new art room 🙂

Music + ABA

Exploring music + ABA. Our patients are motivated by all types of activities! For some, strumming a guitar or beating on a drum not only reinforces their hard work, but also allows the opportunity to work on fine motor skills while plucking the strings or grasping the drum sticks.

Executive Functions + OT

Executive Functions are mental skills that help us learn, work and manage our daily lives. When kids have difficulty with executive functioning they may have a hard time focusing, following directions or handling their emotions.

Sound familiar? We encourage you to reach out to us! Our Occupational Therapy team is here to help your child thrive!

Apprenticeship at CP+

Here at CP+ we support employee growth!

Each week we host supervision for our ABA Apprentices working toward their BCBA. Intensive clinical meetings, supplemental coursework, fluency based learning and open discussions are all centered around learning higher level ABA concepts.

#childsplayplus #aba #bcba #apprentice #learning #behavioranalysis #playlearngrow

ABA Skill Building

Our mock ice cream shop helps kids work on new skills with their peers!

Our ABA Team loves to integrate real life situations into therapy time. As one patient works on things like taking orders and giving correct change, the other can practice ordering items off of a menu to build independence when going out with their family.

#childsplayplus

Speech + Communication

Our Speech Therapists help kids with their communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal ways. One nonverbal technique is to use facial expressions to communicate our emotions. Actions like raising eyebrows, smiling and sticking our tongue out!

#childsplayplus #speech #therapy #kids #pediatric #fortwayne #huntington #indiana #SLP #communicate #nonverbal #playlearngrow

Happy Donut Day!

Happy Donut Day! We’re celebrating the birthdays and workiversaries for January!
#childsplayplus #donutday #celebrate #happybirthday #workiversary #playlearngrow

We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring! Check out our career opportunities on our website: https://childsplayplus.com/careers/

#childsplayplus #employment #career #hiringnow #recruiting #jobopportunity #hiring #job #jobsearch #recruitment #work #careers #nowhiring #resume #jobs #jobseekers #hr #jobhunt #staffing #humanresources #jobopening #jobseeker #interview #jobsearching #education

Meet Rebecca!

Rebecca is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) with a bachelor’s degree from Huntington University in Occupational Therapy. As a member of our OT Team, she works to develop, improve and maintain any skill needed for our patients to live their best life possible! Rebecca’s goal is to help break down any barriers that might get in the way of living a happy and healthy life, and to offer consistent hope, encouragement, and support. With OT and ABA experience, Rebecca is a valuable asset to Child’s Play Plus!

“I am so excited and honored to help your children live their lives to their fullest potential!” – Rebecca Allen, COTA/L

#childsplayplus

Play. Learn. Grow.

We’re helping kids of all ages and abilities through ABA Therapy, Speech + Occupational Therapy. Connect with us to see how we can help your child play, learn and grow! Connect | Child’s Play Plus (childsplayplus.com)

January Newsletter

Happy New Year! Read on to learn what’s new at CP+ this month: https://mailchi.mp/05c7264127d9/january2022_newsletter #childsplayplus

Happy New Year!

Have a safe + happy NEW YEAR from all of us at CP+!

Meet Melanie!

As Administrative Manager for our Huntington location, Melanie ensures the daily operations of her location are running smoothly through the finest customer service and staff HR support. Whether you are coming to Child’s Play Plus for the first time or are a well-versed parent; she is your first point of contact and can answer your questions, guide you along on a personal tour, facilitate appointments and much more! Our Welcome Team is here for you.

Melanie began her career with us as a Registered Behavior Technician and later assisting the BCBA with programming needs for patients. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Huntington University and her extensive background at CP+, Melanie is an excellent addition to our Welcome Team offering friendly support to families and staff alike!

“I am so excited to transition into this new role as Administrative Manager, to learn and grow while being a welcoming face to families who have previously been here as well as the new ones coming in.” – Melanie Walker, Administrative Manager | Huntington

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas

We hope your holiday is merry + bright. ❤️

Spirit Week

It’s Spirit Week at CP+! Today is Twin Day!

Coming up:
Wednesday: Elf Day

Spirit Week

It’s Spirit Week, albeit a short one, at CP+! Today is Christmas sweaters!

Coming up:
Tuesday: Twin Day
Wednesday: Elf Day

We’re Hiring

Check out our career opportunities on our website: https://childsplayplus.com/careers/

Multiple locations to serve our families!

Multiple locations to serve our families!

elf games

Our OT team is getting festive with their activities while delivering meaningful therapy to patients. 💚

Here’s what we’re working on:

Fine motor skills: Picking up and turning over a mini cup, utilizing a pincer grasp to pick up the mini marshmallows.

School readiness skills: Reading, letter, and color identification, recognizing their own name that was printed on the envelope which can also assist with safety awareness.

Visual Perception: Visually identifying where the marshmallows were hidden under the mini red cups.

Attention skills: Attending and participating in a multi-step activity.

Some of our kiddos are working on their very own countdown to Christmas!

Read all about what’s new at CP+ for December!

https://mailchi.mp/f70a7a5c0868/december2021_newsletter

Need inspiration for the perfect gift?

Check out the CP+ Holiday Gift Guide! We asked our providers from the ABA, OT and the Speech teams for their top picks in toys this year! CP+ tested. Kid approved.

Last call for Toys for Tots donations!

Help us make this Christmas extra special for the children in our community. If you would like to donate a toy, please come see us at ANY of our three locations now through December 6 with a new, unwrapped toy for kids of any age.

Child’s Play Plus locations:
7230 Engle Road, Suite 102, Fort Wayne, IN
4118 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN
80 Commercial Road, Huntington, IN

“Making our family yours through a smooth and positive introduction into Child’s Play Plus.”

As Administrative Manager for our Glenbrook location, Alysha ensures the daily operations of her location are running smoothly through the finest customer service and staff HR support. She strives to support families and staff alike through a friendly environment that cultivates our mission to play, learn and grow.

Alysha began her career with us as a Registered Behavior Technician. With a bachelors degree in Children’s Ministry from Cincinnati Christian University and 15 years of working with children, Alysha is an excellent addition to our Welcome Team! Whether you are coming to Child’s Play Plus for the first time or are a well-versed parent; she is your point of contact and can answer your questions, guide you along on a personal tour, facilitate appointments and much more! Our Welcome Team is here for you.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We’re so thankful to be in your child’s life. ❤ We strive each day to accomplish great things!

One of our Huntington kids made an apple pie!

There were many different aspects of therapy and experiences for this one! Naturalistic environmental teaching (like going to the store), following a shopping list, checking out all of the supplies and following the directions to make the pie. This activity works on fine motor (opening cans), imitation and listener responding skills!

In honor of their friend, the rest of the kiddos at Huntington made ‘apple pies’ during circle time! We’re so proud of the kids here at CP+!

We’re hiring Behavior Technicians!

Make a difference in the life of a child and grow with a team that supports you! https://childsplayplus.com/about/staff/

Multiple locations to serve our families!

Come and tour one of our facilities to see how we play, learn and grow… at Child’s Play Plus! https://childsplayplus.com/contact/schedule-a-visit/

You can expect consistency and quality care across all locations. Our facilities provide patients with a variety of private therapy rooms (regardless of services being received), common areas for group interaction, fully equipped kitchen, OT gym and so much more!

Cookies with Santa

Look who is in town! Santa Claus has made a very special stop right here at CP+! 🎅🍪

Thank you for joining us for Cookies with Santa as we enjoy the magic of the season.

Thank you to our Veterans

We’re honoring our nations Veterans today. 🇺🇸 Thank you for your service.

Donut Day!

Celebrating our November birthdays and workiversaries today with @Jacksdonuts!

We are proud to be an official donation site for Toys for Tots!

Help us make this Christmas extra special for the children in our community. If you would like to donate a toy, please come see us at ANY of our three locations now through December 6 with a new, unwrapped toy for kids of any age.

Child’s Play Plus locations:
7230 Engle Road, Suite 102, Fort Wayne, IN
4118 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN
80 Commercial Road, Huntington, IN