Naughty Sparkle Pants strikes again! He left some fun for us at the end of his rainbow before making his final trip back to Ireland. He knows that piñatas filled with sweet treats are the way to our leprechaun hearts! We definitely struck gold! 🍀🌈 ... See MoreSee Less
Our BCS leprechaun- Naughty Sparkle Pants - has been playing some tricks on the kids this week. Thanks to the Luck O’the Irish, he left a few donuts on his way back to Ireland. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀 🇮🇪 ... See MoreSee Less
You may have noticed that we've been pretty silent for quite some time. We've been freezin' for no good reason with all the winter weather Mother Nature has gifted to us! It was FINALLY warm enough to get outdoors to feed the geese at the State Capitol in Pierre, South Dakota. We are looking forward to warmer days!! ... See MoreSee Less
BCS Sisseton SD is closed today. Late starts in Mitchell SD, Perham MN and Aberdeen SD. Please continue to check in with your local office if you have any questions. Come on, Spring 😂😂 ... See MoreSee Less
UPDATE: Mitchell SD is now also closed for the full day.
Office closings reported for Thursday, February 7: Rock Valley IA, Rapid City SD, Sioux Falls SD, Perham MN, Sisseton SD, Brookings SD, and Mitchell SD. It looks like other closings and delays may still being determined, so please check with your local office for details. Please stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less
Brrrrr!!! Many of our offices are closed today Tuesday (1/29) and/or Wednesday (1/30) due to extreme cold. Please follow the local school district’s closings and always call your local BCS team if you have any questions. If you must go outside, protect yourself and your family from that wind! ... See MoreSee Less
BCS Sisseton will be closed Thursday, January 24th. Please continue to check with your local office for winter weather updates!BCS Mitchell, BCS Brookings, and BCS Sisseton will have a late start today (Thursday, January 24). Please contact your local office for questions about your schedule. If traveling, do so safely! ... See MoreSee Less
BCS Mitchell, BCS Brookings, and BCS Sisseton will have a late start today (Thursday, January 24). Please contact your local office for questions about your schedule. If traveling, do so safely! ... See MoreSee Less
BCS is honored to be attending the 13th Annual Autism Conference presented by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Representing us in San Fransisco are Hayley, Taylor and Nat. If you’re at the conference, stop by for some BCS swag! ... See MoreSee Less
Our Brookings, Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Rock Valley offices will be closed today due to winter weather. If you have any questions, please contact your local site. Stay safe and warm! ... See MoreSee Less
As the Holiday season is wrapping up, BCS would like to send out one last round of Holiday cheer! Staff and clients below had a fantastic time meeting Santa and truly cherished the extra joy in the air as we practiced social skills, conversation skills and listener skills in a unique way! Happy Holidays from our crew to yours! ... See MoreSee Less
We have some winter weather cancellations today, Friday, December 28: Brookings and Mitchell office’s are closed. Aberdeen will start at 10. Please contact someone from your local office if you have questions. Stay safe out there, everyone! ... See MoreSee Less
Here is an update on some cancellations for Thursday, December 27th: Aberdeen, SD and Perham, MN are closed, and Brookings, SD will be closing at 1pm. Please contact your local office if you have questions! ... See MoreSee Less
All services out of our Aberdeen, SD office will be closed Thursday, December 27th. We will try to post other closings as we are notified but if any question, please call your local office! ... See MoreSee Less
Please contact your local BCS site if you have questions about winter weather cancellations. Mitchell BCS will be closing early today (December 26th). Everyone please stay safe and warm! ... See MoreSee Less
BCS would also like to extend a congratulations to Tracy Stephens, Hayley Hansen and Christina Kenyon for representing BCS in their run for board positions.
Finally, thank you to PK Nduru for representing BCS as a student member on the board. Your impact on ABA in South Dakota has not gone unnoticed!
SDABA was created with the mission to spread awareness and access to the science of Applied Behavior Analysis in South Dakota. We are honored and proud to have such strong candidates and individuals working with SDABA to share this mission. ... See MoreSee Less
As we move into the winter season, we want to remind you that BCS sites will use their local school district as a guide for cancellations. Please check your local listings, closelines, and calls. You may also be contacted directly from someone from your site.
Facebook WILL NOT be a reliable source of information for closings; however, we will try to post as we can! If you ever have questions, please contact your site. Stay safe and warm this winter! ❄️🌨☃️ ... See MoreSee Less
Sisseton will now be closing at 1:00 pm (11/16) due to the weather conditions. Happy Fall! ❄️Sisseton Office will open two hours late this morning (11/16). Stay safe and warm, everyone! ... See MoreSee Less
You might be thinking, “Halloween is over. Why are they still continuing to dress up?” There’s many different reasons but here’s our top two:
1. Its FUN!! And because its so fun, we present reason number two! 2. Dressing up gives us a chance to practice creativity, social skills and play skills! So many natural opportunities to teach and practice these important skills!
#appliedbehavioranalysis #abatherapy #behaviorcarespecialists #bcs #autism #autismawareness #behavioranalysis #costumes #earlyintervention #schoolageservices ... See MoreSee Less
We had a great time trick or treating around the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe last Wednesday. The kids rode the bus and hit 16 stops! They left with a TON of candy. We would like to thank the Tribe for hosting this event! These learners put many skills to the test including social skills with peers and adults, safety skills, transitioning, flexibility and communication skills. What a fun afternoon!!
#appliedbehavioranalysis #abatherapy #behaviorcarespecialists #bcs #autism #autismawareness #behavioranalysis #halloween #costumes #earlyintervention #schoolageservices ... See MoreSee Less
We love what we do! We are growing because of that very thing! Providing ABA therapy for children and young adults is our passion! It starts from the heart ♥️❤️ ... #ASD #AutismAwareness #AutismSpeaks #LoveWhatYouDo #BehaviorCareSpecialists #ABAtherapy ... See MoreSee Less
Alison Rice Hulshof I was so worried when the change took place all those years ago. But sister you have always been this nonstop, 17 directions, not sure how you do it, getrdone, cause we are going to and need to, kind of gal. And thank goodness you are. You have changed my life & my boys and countless others. I love you & I am so proud and happy for you and Mike and your team and will always be your number one fan. ♥️🎉
BCS would like to send a thank you to the Watertown SD MOPS for having Clinical Supervisor, Christina Kenyon, at your meeting. We thoroughly enjoy sharing our time and knowledge with you!Huge shout out to Behavior Care Specialists, Inc for coming to our group today! Such good information shared to apply with our parenting and we got to make awesome laminated magnet board activities for our kiddos. Thank you so much! I definitely would never have found to time to do this on my own time.
For those of you that did this today, I got a cheap cookie sheet at the dollar store to go with the set! 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to our newest BCBA, Jess Herbert, and BCaBA, Jennifer Buckendorf! You have both contributed to BCS in many ways and we are so excited for you to continue serving our clients in a higher capacity. We are all so very proud of you!! ... See MoreSee Less
Today we’d like to recognize Taylor, a BCBA for our Perham and Aberdeen office. Taylor did a fantastic job representing BCS and disseminating ABA at the 18th Annual Communities Collaborative Brain Development Conference. Thank you for your commitment to spreading awareness about autism and ABA!
#appliedbehavioranalysis #aba #disseminateaba #bcba #boardcertifiedbehavioranalyst #earlyintervention #autism #autismawareness #behaviorcareapecialists ... See MoreSee Less
The Mitchell staff are absolutely the best!!!! It was such a relief to have our son there with staff that understood him and helped him work through the rough spots each day!!! They truly cared about him and our family!
The staff at BCS in Mitchell is wonderful! Understanding, caring, and fun while still holding my kiddo accountable. Some days it can be a madhouse but they remain positive and forgiving. Cream of the crop!
A big part of our success is a well-maintained learning environment. Check out these rooms! Prepped and ready to learn. Thank you to our staff who help keep our learning environments clean and organized!
#staffappreciation #rbt #registeredbehaviortechnician #behaviortherapist #aba #appliedbehavioranalysis #earlyintervention #autism #reinforcement #behaviorcarespecialists ... See MoreSee Less
We love our staff, and the kids do too! Follow along with us throughout the day as we recognize some of our incredible staff! If you have a staff who has made an impact in you or your kids life, or a staff you want to say hi to, drop them a message on any of our posts!!
#staffappreciation #rbt #registeredbehaviortechnician #behaviortherapist #aba #appliedbehavioranalysis #earlyintervention #autism #reinforcement #behaviorcarespecialists ... See MoreSee Less
Is your landscaping getting out of control?! Because our's sure isn’t! Toy yard equipment is pretty cool but, real equipment is even better. We keep saying that reinforcers can be anything, and this kiddo is helping us prove that! One of the best parts of our job is identifying those reinforcers!
“The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important that the amount.” - B.F. Skinner
#appliedbehavioranalysis #ABA #autism #autismawareness #behaviorintervention #earlyintervention #reinforcement #positivereinforcement #behaviorcareapecialists #changingbehaviorchanginglives #behavioranalysis ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to North Dakota for becoming the 48th state to require insurance coverage for Autism! Countless time, research and efforts were spent to make this happen. Hats off to those paving the way in North Dakota!
Check out the other skills we get to practice at the library. Creative play, motor skills and more. Thank you to all the libraries out there for giving us a place to learn and grow! ... See MoreSee Less
Public libraries are an important part of any community. Behavior Care Specialists is lucky to have such great resources in the communities we are in. Clients and staff loved the summer reading event hosted by the Rock Valley Public Library. Participating in this outing gave our clients a great opportunity to practice a multitude of skills. These skills included social skills, independent play skills, group skills and the opportunity to practice skills outside a typical environment. Check back later for even more pictures from library outings!
Note: The information provided by this site may contain links to other websites or content belonging to or originating from third parties or links to websites and features in banners or other advertising. Such external links are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availablity or completeness by us.Summer Reading 2018 is in the books! We had a beautiful morning and we are SO glad it all came together! Enjoy all of the pictures. 😁Thank you to Merlin & Donna Sandbulte for horse carriage rides, Dawn DeWit for the holland lops, and Chelsie Ver Mulm from Orange Creek Farms for the the goat, turtles, kittens, calf, and pony! #LibrariesRock🦆🐢🐄🐐 ... See MoreSee Less
You may have seen us posting about BCBAs recently but what does that mean and why is it important? Check out this video created by the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. If you're interested in becoming credentialed or learning more about what that means, visit the BACB website at www.bacb.com
Congratulations to our newest BCBA, Hayley Hansen! She has already contributed to BCS in a big way, and after hard studying and a grueling test, she is even more qualified to serve our clients. Take a moment to sigh in relief and reflect on your accomplishment, Hayley...we are all proud of you! ... See MoreSee Less
Vroom vroom! Check out safety town below. Teaching safety skills can be done in many ways but we think this is the most creative one yet! What a great way to model such important skills!! ... See MoreSee Less
June 22, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Travis Olson, CIO
Office: (712) 722-2117
Rock Valley Evacuates Residents
Crest Predicted Friday
ROCK VALLEY, IA— Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo issued a state of emergency for the City of Rock Valley due to the rising floodwaters.
“With the heavy rains up stream we are again facing flooding that is affecting our citizens and city close to the level of the record floods of 2014. Despite the best efforts of the 400 plus volunteers on Thursday evening, we were not able to hold the water back,” said Mayor Van Otterloo.
Mandatory evacuations have been issued for parts of Rock Valley for over a dozen square blocks in preparation of rising floodwaters. The city called for volunteers to establish berms and fill sandbags Thursday evening.
“Our primary responsibility is to keep our citizens safe,” said Mayor Van Otterloo.
“The Sioux County Emergency Management has been involved in protecting the citizens of Rock Valley and Sioux County with the most recent floods. We have been in contact with the American Red Cross, helped dispatch trucks with sand, and been in communication with the National Weather Service to work alongside Rock Valley helping with whatever resources we can provide,” stated Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga.
The Rock River is predicted to crest at 21.5 feet, which is the second highest crest in recent history. The river crested at 22.72 feet in 2014 when many homes were damaged in floodwaters.
Churches have been designated within the city as emergency housing shelters for those evacuees that need shelter. Emergency personnel has been dispatched from Orange City, Hull, Sioux Center as back up to Rock Valley Fire and Rescue while they are assisting in flood relief.
Do you or someone you know had a passion for writing? Behavior Analysis in Practice is tackling the issues of diversity and equity in the field. Important topics will be discussed in the upcoming issue. If you or someone you know has experience in this area, take a look at the link below!
*The information provided by Behaviorbabe on the Behavior Care Specialists page is for general information purposes only. All information posted on this site is provided in good faith however, we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information for the site. ... See MoreSee Less
Behavior Analysis in Practice is announcing a call for papers for a special issue on #Diversity and #Equity in the Practice of #BehaviorAnalysis. Right now is the time to do something about this issue in all of our lives and ABAI is taking a strong step forward by endorsing this move. The incredible Dr. Jennifer Zarcone is the guest editor for the issue. If you are a #behavioranalyst or a family member of someone who has benefited from ABA services, and you care about diversity, however you define it, you should seriously consider submitting a manuscript. The deadline for submissions is October 1st.
We are looking for a DIVERSE variety of submissions from a DIVERSE variety of authors. You do not need to be someone "famous" in the field of behavior analysis to have a voice in this special issue. You do not need to have a PhD, you do not need to be at a university, and you don't need to be an accomplished researcher - you just need to have something to say about diversity that you believe the field of ABA would benefit from hearing. #TimesUp for silence. The time to have your voice heard is now.
The 11th annual Lighting the Way Conference hosted by Augustana University is an excellent way to raise awareness and connect families and providers with local resources. With record attendees, BCS is proud to be part of such an impactful event.
Don’t miss out on the Lighting the Way Walk on Saturday, June 16th from 9-11 a.m! ... See MoreSee Less
Reinforcement is used daily in our clinics. But did you know it’s also used in many other settings?!
Reinforcement is ANYTHING added to the environment to cause an increase in future behavior. Think about it. Why do you go to work everyday? There’s many things that keep you motivated. For example, we reinforced staff’s excellent work ethic with positive feedback and donuts.
What reinforces or motivates you?! Let us know in the comments! ... See MoreSee Less
I love being outside on nice days. Im reinforced at work when we get to take the kids for walks or go to the park. I always think "I love my job!"
Changing kids lives and days off ☺️
I ditto the time off and being able to take my victor man to the many places he loves!! Like this weekend he gets to go see Pat Miller at your Rapid City office hes so stinkin excited its been years and we are so thankful yet to this day for all that Pat did for vic and all of your wonderful staff!! Thank you and god bless you all!!❤❤
Hot summer days make for cool summer sessions! The Midco Aquatic Center is the BEST place to have session!
Why would we hold a session at a pool? The reasons are endless! Here are just a few:
1. We want clients to practice and learn skills outside their typical day-to-day environments so that they can apply them in all settings. 2. Summer means lots of swimming! Safety is a priority for many families. We can’t think of a more perfect place to practice summer safety skills than at the pool. 3. Take a look at these kids. They work hard! It’s time they had some summer fun!! ... See MoreSee Less
Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D presents an interesting take on the creative processes. Art, writing, painting, sculpting all contribute and serve as varying functions for those producing and consuming. The field of behavior analysis can be applied in many ways! ... See MoreSee Less
Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC & Ignite STEAM Labs Writing, painting, sculpting, music production...the creative process is the same. Such modes of expression can be thought of as a myriad of creative or artistic topographies... #appliedbehavioranalysis #artisticexpression #creativity
We keep on growing! Excited to see how we can help kids and families in Cheyenne WY!There’s no missing us now! Our Cheyenne office is excited to finally have an outdoor sign. Doesn’t it look great?! ... See MoreSee Less
The field of ABA is continually growing! Here is a helpful link showing the trend of certificant data. As you can see, the number of certified individuals is increasing at a quick rate. If you are interested in becoming one of those certified individuals, contact us today! ... See MoreSee Less
Not long ago, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 59 children have been diagnosed with autism, which is an increase in the prior data suggesting 1 in 68 children have an autism diagnosis. Follow the link below to learn about the differing myths and truths surrounding this latest finding.
SafeMinds interviews the New Jersey investigator for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) autism prevalence report of 1 in 59 children, examining the truths and myths behind the latest numbers from the Federal Government. The big news for May was the release of new autism pr...
To ensure that we show you the BEST possible facility, we have POSTPONED our Open House in Perham. Constructions crews are still working on the finishing touches so we will be rescheduling as soon as they are finished. Stay tuned to see the final product! ... See MoreSee Less
If you are in San Diego at ABAI, stop by to say "hi"! Proudly representing BCS, Christie and Tyler are excited to share the opportunities we have for you. Located throughout the Midwest, BCS is continuing to grow and expand with locations including: South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming and soon, Colorado. Thank you South Dakota Association for Behavior Analysis - SDABA for the great picture! ... See MoreSee Less
Summer and spring bring many wonderful outdoor activities. Often, these activities include biking, walking and so much more!
Wednesday’s in Brookings bring group social and safety activities. Understanding traffic signals is a skill that we feel is important for kids to learn early on. Check out what they are learning below! ... See MoreSee Less
BCS would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the teachers - especially to our very own teacher, Ashley - who work side-by-side with us to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. Your countless hours of dedication are truly respected and appreciated. We are incredibly lucky to work with such amazing professionals! ... See MoreSee Less
BCS Rock Valley would like to send a special thank you to the Northwestern College, Iowa Education Department for helping us to disseminate the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). While we enjoyed speaking to your class, we especially enjoyed having students come to observe how we apply the science of ABA. Our kids definitely had fun playing with you and loved the Northwestern swag!! ... See MoreSee Less
In case you forgot, we will be hosting a community education event TONIGHT in Rapid City!! If you're curious to know more about what we do, stop in at the library at 5:30 pm. We hope to see you there!!Attention Rapid City Area!
We are holding a community education event just for YOU! Brittany will be speaking about ABA and the importance of reinforcement. It is an event that you don't want to miss!! ... See MoreSee Less
According to the CDC, The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise. In order to adequately serve children with autism, Angela Geiger, President and CEO of Autism Speaks, calls on legislators to increase funding for research and services for individuals diagnosed with ASD.
Contact us today if someone you know is diagnosed with autism. ... See MoreSee Less
Behavior Care Specialists offers a comprehensive treatment approach utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Research has proven that young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or severe developmental delays can show remarkable progress if intensive behavior therapy is provided over a two-to-three year period.
If you believe that your child would benefit from these services, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.