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Cultivate @ SXSW Edu 2019:  Using Improv to Help Students Learn

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Cultivate @ SXSW Edu 2019: Using Improv to Help Students Learn

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. 

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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.

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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!

 

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Cultivate Wins Top Austin Workplace In 2018 By Austin American Statesman

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Cultivate Wins Top Austin Workplace In 2018 By Austin American Statesman

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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UNO for Kids with Autism: A Game Adaptation

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UNO for Kids with Autism: A Game Adaptation

UNO for kids with autism: A Game Adaptation. Are you working with students who are struggling to engage in play-based activities with friends? This can be so very isolating for our students. It can also be isolating for our students in the home environment, as they may have very limited activities that they enjoy sharing with their parents and siblings. So how are we to help them increase these very vital and socially significant behaviors? Modifying leisure so that it can be fun for all is a great first step

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Radical Candor Framework

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Radical Candor Framework

Rob has a 20 minute presentation on how Radical Candor can be utilized in behavioral health settings, and how our science intersects with that model specifically. 

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New Video: Life with All His Might

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New Video: Life with All His Might

"Life with all his might" is an encouraging story about a mom and dad, who have made so many sacrifices to receive pediatric behavioral health services. We were encouraged by this story and know that you'll be encouraged as well. Autism awareness is not about a single month, so please view, share, and reflect on "Life with all his might."

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Cultivate Receives Top 5% Best ABA Therapy Provider Accreditation

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Cultivate Receives Top 5% Best ABA Therapy Provider Accreditation

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.

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Labor Day 2017

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Labor Day 2017

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.

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Selecting An ABA Provider With The Right Clinical Model & Philosophy

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Selecting An ABA Provider With The Right Clinical Model & Philosophy

Many providers have a way of conducting business that's not conducive to learner progress, especially if the learner does not fit the model that the provider rigidly maintains. Note, there's a difference between conviction and rigidity. We at Cultivate have convictions as to how an ABA program should unfold, yet we're not so rigid to think that every learner will learn when we're using uniform tactics and strategies for everyone regardless of their needs and learning preferences. 

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WHY BLOG?

WHY BLOG?

When Bret, our good friend and website extraordinaire, suggested a journal for our site, I knew immediately that this would be a great idea. Why? Our field can often feel scattered and dispersed. This is a solution to that disconnection that we often feel.