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"Our son has made a great progress in receptive language and vocal imitation since he started the ABA-VB program with Behavioral Consulting.

He spontaneously expresses his needs and is more social. Thanks to the energetic and committed therapists, our son enjoys the sessions thoroughly and is eager to go for the sessions.

Until last year, our son had a very limited diet and meal times were a struggle.

After the feeding program with Kelley and Jamie, the results are amazing. He is eating a wide variety of food items and is willing to try new foods."

 
 - Mother of a
young child with Autism and Feeding Difficulties



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Greetings!


Welcome to the first Quarterly Newsletter of 2011 from Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay!

We hope your year is off to a great start and it's hard to believe the 2011 Tampa Bay Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be here before you know it!
Walk Now for Autism Speaks LogoThis event is Autism Speaks' biggest fundraiser of the year and in 2010, over 2,500 people came out to St. Pete's Straub Park and helped raise a new record of more than $180,000! Fundraising for our team, The Behavior Bunch, is currently underway, so check out our team page if you're looking to get involved, want to walk or would like to help us reach this year's goals! Every bit helps!
 

As always, please let us know if you hear of something you'd like to see featured, or have any suggestions for topics to be covered in future newsletters!

Have a great month!
Kelley Prince
Kelley Prince, M.A., BCBA
President, Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay
 

 

ANALYSIS INSTRUCTION ACHIEVEMENT

 

 
Vaccines in the News

Reports Linking Autism to Vaccines May Be Fraud

 

Autism has spent a lot of time recently in national headlines and last week, Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay
Kelley Prince on Bay News 9was included in a segment regarding Dr. Andrew Wakefield falsifying his 1998 report linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to children with autism.  Click on the screen grab to the right if you missed the report.  

This week,
another study was released, suggesting second-borne children with two or fewer years between them, may be at a higher risk of autism. Specifically, children born less than one year after an older sibling were more than three times as likely to be diagnosed with autism, compared with children born at least three years after their mother's last pregnancy.  Children born less than two years after an older brother or sister were almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with autism.

The study was conducted between 1992 and 2002 and involved more than 660,000 children born during that time. Researchers say this study provides more evidence that autism is related to events that happen early in pregnancy. 
 


 
New Year, New Insurance

Do We Have Your Latest Information?

 

Last
year, Florida's Window of Opportunity Act took effect and stated insurance companies must cover a portion of therapy for children diagnosed with autism.
Insurance Carriers
Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay is proud to be a preferred, in-network provider for Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, TRICARE and United Behavioral Health.

If you're unsure of your policy limits, we're more than happy to contact your carrier to determine the extent of your coverage. Click here to download our Insurance Information Form and once you've filled in the necessary information, fax or email it to either Susan at the Westchase office or Amber at the Wesley Chapel location.  

 


 
Upcoming Events

 
Community Meetings & Events
 

- TIKVAH Talk presents Children with ADHD at the Tampa Jewish Community Center, Wednesday, January 19th from 7pm to 9pm: Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer L. Mockler, Ph.D., will discuss the signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, how children are diagnosed and handling dual diagnoses. She will also present tips and effective parenting techniques for those whose children are diagnosed as having ADHD. The discussion is open to the community and a $5 donation is appreciated. RSVP is preferred, but not required.  For more information, contact Lydia Abrams.

- 2011 Tampa Bay Walk Now for Autism Speaks Family Teams Kick-off Event at the NW Hillsborough YMCA, Sunday, January 23rd from 2pm until 4pm:
Open House to kick-off and prepare for the Tampa Bay Walk Now for Autism Speaks scheduled for Saturday, April 16th. This is an opportunity to pick up fundraising materials, mingle with walk teams and meet committee members and Autism Speaks staff. Please RSVP by Monday, January 17th to tampa@autismspeaks.com or by calling 407-478-6330.

- Free FATE Workshop, Friday and Saturday, January 28th and 29th from 8:30am until 4:30pm:
The Foundation for Autism Training and Education (FATE) presents a free workshop on the Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Teaching Verbal Behavior in the Classroom for professionals, caregivers, parents and college students at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Campus.  Registration is required, however if you register and cannot attend, please submit a courtesy email to info@thefate.org to cancel your registration. 

- The Autism Society of America and AMC Theaters presents Sensory Friendly Films every month at both the AMC Woodlands Square 20 (727-771-6643) in Oldsmar, as well as the AMC Veteran's 24 (813-243-4881) in Tampa.  All shows begin at 10am.

For more events that may not be listed here, see our Events Calendar.  As always, please let me know if you have any suggestions on items you would like to see featured in a future edition of either our Monthly Newsletter or the Quarterly Newsletter.



Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay

About Us
 
Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay implements Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs with an emphasis on verbal behavior.  Our skill acquisition programs, customized for each child's learning needs, focus on evoking language and communication, self-help skills, compliance behavior and appropriate peer and social skills.   We provide discreet trial teaching in addition to natural environment teaching, while using errorless learning techniques.  To maintain a consistent level of quality, our Board Certified Behavior Analysts oversee programs and evaluate and document progress every 4 weeks.
 
Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay compared the rate of development in 18 clients who were between the ages of 2 and 7 years old during the onset of services.  All received our intensive instruction averaging 10 hours a week for 5 months.  We found, on average, the group more than doubled their original skill set.  Based on these findings, we're confident that all children, regardless of skill deficits, diagnosis, or behavior, can learn skills and develop behaviors never before thought possible if a quality behavior analysis program is implemented.

Due to Florida's Window of Opportunity Act, requiring insurance companies to cover up to $36,000 in autism-related services, Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay is now an in-network provider for Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna.  We also accept TRI-CARE and United Health insurances.  Click here to download our Insurance Information Form, fill it out and email or fax it back to us - we're more than happy to help you decipher your coverage limits!