Mississippi Center for Behavioral Sciences (MCBS)
Meeting the needs of children with Autism
Our goal for MCHS Educational Services is to provide every child in our care with the ideal surroundings for academic success. For this reason, we opened the Mississippi Center for Behavioral Sciences in our existing Jackson and Gulfport CARES Schools. Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome experience academic progress when their specialized needs are properly identified and addressed. MCBS offers clinical services, school-based consultation, parent training, teacher training, and comprehensive psycho-educational, and behavioral assessments to ensure the successful development of children on the Autism Spectrum.
Each MCBS classroom includes a licensed teacher, two behavior techs, and consultation from an education/behavioral consultant. Expanded services are provided by a licensed psychologist and board-certified behavior analysts. The curriculum is highly individualized based on a comprehensive educational and behavioral assessment, and it is developed in conjunction with school-based personnel and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) committee.
Special Features of MCBS
While in the care of MCBS each child is given a behavioral assessment, Individual Behavior Support Plan, intensive behavior and transition services. Access to a multi-sensory classroom and art and music activities are offered as well.
For admission to MCBS, a child must be a Mississippi resident between the ages 6 – 14 and of the 1st–8th grade classification. They must have a special education ruling of autistic or other help impairment. The child must have moderate frequency of disruptive behaviors, presence of mild/moderate self-stimulatory behavior, and moderate display of problems in social behavior, social responsiveness, and/or expression of feelings or the inability to recognize social interactions individually or in a group setting.
How to Make a Referral
If you know a child who may benefit from the MCBS program, please contact 601-352-7784.