After working many years in the autism field, founder Daniel Blank felt strongly that a solution needed to address inconsistencies in ABA treatment (e.g., isolated home therapies where kids did not have the ability to socialize with other kids, lack of opportunity to practice school readiness skills, minimal BCBA oversight, high therapist turnover, and inconsistent treatment hours). Daniel observed that these inconsistencies were not only causing frustrations for families, they were also detrimental to the outcomes and progress of the child.
The idea was to create a setting that would provide a more consistent environment where kids could receive intensive ABA treatment while also being exposed to the nuances of being in a social environment. Hence, The Place for Children with Autism was born – a full-time ABA program provided in a pre-school like setting. Families could rely on a consistent schedule from day to day, kids were able to engage in spontaneous social opportunities with peers, and therapist retention increased. It was a win-win for everybody! After deciding this was the model that would benefit children the most, The Place for Children with Autism took it a step further and extended resources to help families regardless of their financial ability. Combining resources such as aggressive fundraising and providing grant application assistance, Daniel was able to help families in many underserved communities receive the ABA treatment they deserved.
“Together we are going to change how and where ABA Therapy is delivered.”
– Daniel Blank (Founder of The Place for Children with Autism)
Our Core Values
The Place empowers our families, creates a sense of belonging and fosters independence to enrich the lives of children with autism across all communities.
Building confidence through personalized training to continue supporting their child when they’re at home.
Fostering relationships between families and clinicians, providers, and support staff.
Working at The Place
Quality services are about more than just the technical work, it’s the people behind it. We take extra care in selecting each member of our staff – looking for qualities beyond just knowledge to determine the right fit for our organization. Qualities such as passion, dedication, understanding, and empathy add an extra level of care to each interaction with a child.
What is a BCBA?
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A BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, which is the gold standard to indicate that a professional is qualified to oversee a program in behavior analysis. A BCBA conducts thorough and on-going evaluations of each child in order to determine skill deficits which interfere with a child’s ability to learn and reach developmental milestones. The BCBA will then create a specified lesson plan based on the individual’s existing repertoire and motivators. At The Place for Children with Autism, BCBAs are the highest level of oversight at each location. They are responsible not only for a child’s clinical program, but oversight and development of the clinical staff (i.e., Registered Behavior Technicians), and of the center as a whole. The suite of services provided by a BCBA include parent training, skill acquisition and behavior reduction plans, analyzing data to drive clinical decisions, interdisciplinary consultation, and school transition services.
What is an RBT?
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An RBT is a Registered Behavior Technician that practices under close and ongoing supervision by a BCBA. Behavior Technicians can obtain their RBT after completing a background check, 40 hours of training, passing a competency assessment, and passing a proctored exam. Most providers do not currently require technicians to have an RBT. At The Place for Children with Autism, we require all behavior technicians to obtain their certification (RBT) within 90 days of employment. The RBT is responsible for working one-on-one with a child, implementing lesson plans, collecting data and reporting on a child’s progress directly to the BCBA.
We Change Lives Every Day
Interested in our services and inquiring about placement for your child?
We are now enrolling ages 2-6. Reach out today!