Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education is an ABA therapy provider in San Antonio, TX! Thank you Any Baby Can for the opportunity to be a part of this event!
Cultivate @ SXSW Edu 2019: Using Improv To Help Students Learn
As a rapidly growing business in the field of behavioral health, we at Cultivate are constantly seeking opportunities to showcase our commitment to innovate in the field of Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Last week, we got to do EXACTLY that, by presenting at this year’s SXSW EDU. With that in mind, Rob, our Chief Operations Manager, and Omar, one of our Operations Manager, got together and came up with “Improv-Ed,” an informal strategy for applying improvisation through interactive games and exercises to help students with autism learn and grow. Through this approach, both Omar and Rob focus on utilizing reinforcement in combination with some qualities from improvisation, such as collaboration, spontaneity, playfulness, and decisiveness, to enhance the learning experience of others.
About the speakers:
Rob El Fattal, M.S., BCBA
Rob is the Founder and CEO of Cultivate and truly loves the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Early on, Rob was trained by one of the world's most reputable ABA agencies and took that experience and training to every setting that he's worked. He's worked most positions in Special Education ranging from Behavior Technician in a classroom, to Licensed Teacher, to Program Administrator. In addition, Rob also has extensive experience working in Higher Education as a Part-Time Instructor for both undergrad and graduate students. He has served in private-practice as a Clinical Case Supervisor, BCBA, and CEO of a growing private-practice in California, which is now based in Austin, TX. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Omar Abdullah, Ph.D
Omar Abdullah is an interdisciplinary scholar, comedian, communication consultant, and a media producer. He earned his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis. He is the founder of OA Consulting Group, which helps individuals and organizations improve their communication skills and social dexterity. Currently, he is the Community Outreach Manager for Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education, seeking to raise awareness regarding autism treatment through applied behavior analysis.
Additionally, his comedic work has been featured on the front page of Funny or Die and SF Sketchfest. He enjoys facilitating applied improv workshops, emceeing engaging keynote events, and brainstorming marketing pitches through storytelling. Omar's recent research has centered on how improvisational methodologies can help build inclusive communities and express diverse viewpoints.
How Can We Better Serve You?
Wanna be a part of the Cultivate team? Currently, we are hiring Behavior Technicians (BTs/RBTs) & Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) in the San Antonio, Austin, and the Houston area. Apply to become the next Cultivator today!
Ever since Cultivate was born into existence, we had this mission of being an anomaly in the autism services industry. We wanted to play the game so that our staff and patients could win and thrive, and we were determined to never settle for mediocrity. We had the clinical expertise to ensure that our patients would excel, yet we really needed to focus on building an operational culture that was commensurate with our clinical excellence. That has proven to be one of the most rewarding and challenging professional ventures of my career.
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We have been awarded the “Top 50 Autism Blog” in 2018 by FeedSpot, a content reader with more than 1.7 millions readers!
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The Best ABA Therapy provider BHCOE accreditation was our validation, and we’re honored to have been recognized as a BHCOE provider that scored in the TOP 5% when compared to other BHCOE providers. In this post, I’ll share more regarding the professional experience in working with the BHCOE, and what it means to the Cultivators and the incredible clients that we serve.
Autism Awareness Day is today. It’s a day where we all rally and support the individuals that we know, that have been affected by autism in one way or another. It’s 2018, so most everyone should know what autism is, and this post is certainly not about autism characteristics or history or anything like that.
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At Cultivate, we're proud that we get to engage and employ the best BCBAs in a given market. As of this week, we officially employ 9 incredibly skilled BCBAs. That said, we thought it would be helpful to share a high-level overview of our hiring practices when it comes to the BCBA role specifically, and share a bit about BCBAs along the way.
Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education is an ABA therapy provider and sponsor of the 2017 Autism Speaks Austin Walk.
Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education is an ABA therapy provider in the San Antonio Autism Speaks Walk 2017.
Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education is expanding it’s FAN-TAS-TIC ABA therapy coverage area to the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX!
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To the whole Cultivate Team, the hustle is apparent. We grind on all cylinders, and because that's the case, we've made significant progress TOGETHER. You should be proud.