Behavior Support Services

COMING SOON

Helps individuals with disabilities and their families learn effective practices to alleviate every day barriers.  Our BCBA will provide training, supervision, and assistance in helping your loved one with appropriate expressions of emotions and desires, gain acquisition of socially appropriate behaviors, and  reduction of inappropriate behaviors. We will design the behavior support plan that is tailored to each individual. This service can be paid for through the Medicaid Waiver Family Support Services, or private pay.

All therapy services are provided in an inclusive community setting at Kids Play Gym.  Children receiving services will utilize both the public gym space, as well as our private therapy areas.  All children that are receiving services will be granted free admission to the public gym space, either before or after their session with parental supervision.

Our Therapist

Karena Robertson
Behavior Support Consultant, BCBA
Karena is a Behavior Consultant for behavioral support services at Kids Play Gym. Karena has been providing behavior analytic services for ten years, with the past seven years dedicated to supporting individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families, in Bloomington and the surrounding areas. She received her bachelors of arts in Secondary Education at Indiana University before obtaining a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Karena is passionate about using the practices and principles of ABA to increase executive functions and activities of daily living skills (ADLS), as well as improve the overall quality of life for the individuals that she serves. Karena is an active member of several professional scientific organizations, has served on the boards of two local foundations, and regularly attends and participates in continuing education conferences and trainings. Her work within the Bloomington community has led to a number of collaborations with local businesses, schools, universities, and special needs programs. Karena is a co-founder of the Infinite Transitions Project (ITP), a Bloomington-based agency that works with individuals with learning differences and local organizations to provide aide during difficult transitional periods, including independent living, vocational, educational, and social/community immersion, using natural environment training (NET). In her spare time, Karena enjoys traveling, being outside, and spending time with her husband and two young sons.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Behavior Support Services?

It is a behavior management program that is used to understand what maintains an individual's challenging behavior. People's inappropriate behaviors are difficult to change because they are functional; they serve a purpose for them. These behaviors are supported by reinforcement in the environment. In the case of students and children, often adults in a child’s environment will reinforce his or her undesired behaviors because the child will receive objects and/or attention because of their behavior.

How does the specialist diagnose the child?

Our BCBA will conduct a functional behavior assessment (FBA) to clearly describe the behaviors, identify the contexts (events, times, and situation) that predict when behavior will and will not occur, and identify consequences that maintain the behavior. They also summarize and create a hypothesis about the behavior, directly observe the behavior and take data to get a baseline. The positive behavior support process involves goal identification, information gathering, hypothesis development, support plan design, implementation and monitoring.

FUN FACT:

Roughly speaking, losing something makes you twice as miserable as gaining the same thing makes you happy.