Carolina Therapy Connection in Greenville is now the first Certified Autism Center (CAC) in Eastern NC!

Carolina Therapy Connection is now the first Certified Autism Center (CAC) in Eastern North Carolina. The CAC designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This certification requires staff to complete autism-specific training and professional certification. Carolina Therapy Connection is one of only two therapy clinics in NC with the Certified Autism Center designation. The Carolina Therapy Connection listing for becoming a Certified Autism Center can be found here.

“We are so excited for Carolina Therapy Connection to become an IBCCES Certified Autism Center! Our entire team of therapists, educational specialists and office support staff are all passionate about providing exceptional services to children and families throughout Eastern North Carolina,” said Cindy Taylor, MS, OTR/L, owner and occupational therapist. “We continuously strive to learn and develop a better understanding of the challenges that our children and families face to implement more effective strategies and deliver greater outcomes.  We are so thankful that the advanced autism training and certification allows for us to carry out our mission of ‘informing families, enriching lives, changing futures’ with greater perspective and resources for our families and community.”

Meet Our Level II Advanced Certified Autism Specialist and Level II Advanced Autism Certificate Holder

We want to extend a HUGE shout out to our knowledgable therapists who went above and beyond to receive their Level II Advanced Certified Autism Specialist (ACAS) and Level II Advanced Autism Certificates (AAC)! The ACAS and AAC certifications are for practitioners looking to increase their knowledge and expertise in the field of behavior intervention and ABA best practices. The program is designed to give professionals specific information on behavior techniques and other ABA-related information in order to incorporate these learnings into their day-to-day practice. This credentialing is specifically designed for individuals who currently holds an Autism Certificate (AC) or Certified Autism Certificate (CAS) from IBCCES. Learn more about these specific certifications HERE.

Our Level II ACAS & AAC certificate holders are: 

  • Amy Godfrey, MS, OTR/L, ACAS
  • Stevi Smith, COTA/L, AAC

 Carolina Therapy Connection Advanced Certified Autism Specialists LEVEL II Greenville NC

Meet Our Certified Autism Specialists

Visit our team page HERE for pictures of and a biography on our certified autism specialists and autism certificate holders listed below in Greenville, NC.

Occupational Therapists

  • Cindy Taylor, MS, OTR/L, CAS
  • Jenna Roth, MS, OTR/L, CAS
  • Kimberly Holt, MS, OTR/L, CAS
  • Amanda Easter, MS, OTR/L, CAS

Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Lauren Hodges, COTA/L, AC
  • Cheryl Holliday, COTA/L, AC
  • Brandie Covington, COTA/L, AC
  • Africia Reyes, COTA/L, AC
  • Amany Shaker, COTA/L, AC

Physical Therapists

  • Lauren Colucci, PT, DPT, CAS

Speech Therapists

  • Lindsay Grant, MS, CCC-SLP, CAS
  • Ashley Holloway, MS, CCC-SLP, CAS
  • Casey Snead, MS, CCC-SLP, CAS
  • Brandi Ayscue, MS, CCC-SLP, CAS

Educational Specialist

  • Becky Taylor, MaED, AC

Administration Team

  • Taylor Varnell, MS, CAS
  • Lydia Elmore, AC
  • Victoria Hardison, AC

Visit our team page HERE for pictures of and a biography about all our certified autism specialists and autism certificate holders listed below in New Bern, NC.

Occupational Therapist

  • Kelly Burton, MS, OTR/L, CAS

Administration Team

  • Melana Griffee, AC

Visit our team page HERE for pictures of and a biography about our certified autism specialist and autism certificate holders listed below in Goldsboro, NC.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Shelby Godwin, COTA/L, AC

What is the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and what do they do?

For more than 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for education, healthcare, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES provides evidence-based training and certification programs created in conjunction with clinical experts and individuals with autism in order to provide professionals serving individuals with cognitive disorders a better understanding of what these disorders are, industry best practices, and the latest research in these areas.

IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are the only training and certification programs endorsed by the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, The Autism Society of America, and recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders.

What was required by IBCCES for Carolina Therapy Connection to become the first Certified Autism Center™ in Eastern North Carolina?

All Certified Autism Centers™ meet the following requirements:

  • Dedicated to serving individuals with autism
  • At least 80% of staff is trained and certified in the field of Autism
  • Maintain compliance with National Healthcare/Education Accreditation standards
  • Committed to ongoing training in autism
  • Complies with HIPAA and ADA requirements

In order to earn the Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) credential, the Carolina Therapy Connection staff was required to complete these rigorous professional standards set forth by the IBCCES. Furthermore, these standards include a minimum of at least two years experience working with individual’s with autism, 14 continuing education hours that directly relate to autism, and a passing grade on the IBCCES autism competency exam. Check out the Carolina Therapy Connection team page, to see the Certified Autism Specialist credentialing for each staff member.

Receiving this type of certification demonstrates to our clients and colleagues a commitment to promoting a higher standard of care to the autism community.  The CTC staff has gained extensive knowledge and understanding in the area of autism and is able to use and apply that knowledge to help create and improve support plans and therapy for those with autism spectrum disorder.