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 Autism Centers is one of only two providers in Northeast Indiana that have elected to support this effort financially and in time commitment. Jason is part of InPeat’s 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 clients with autism and their families, please visit the InPeat website.