Updated: Jun 7, 2019
1. Each session is led by a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) with extensive training in teaching social skills directly and in the group setting. Data is taken by a registered behavior technician so that the BCBA can closely facilitate and monitor interactions and capitalize on teaching moments. Data will be accessible to parents throughout each training sequence.
2. We have a thorough intake and assessment process to assist in determining the best fit group for each participant. It is important for us to get to know each participant before entering the program so that we are able to taylor each session to the unique needs of each individual and each group as a whole. Assessment of skill acquisition is ongoing and additional assessments may be conducted as necessary. Social validity assessments are regularly given to parents and participants to monitor the satisfaction of the program.
3. For each training sequence, parents are encouraged to host a biweekly play date with group members. For each play date, a BCBA will be available to assist in facilitation and be available for questions. This is a time for parents to receive training as a group and for social validity to be monitored by the BCBA. Social skills must have a generality component that is observable and measurable in the natural setting.
4. Parents are provided a 30 minute biweekly meeting with BCBA via webinar or phone to discuss progress, answer questions, and have general follow up. Regular communication between the BCBA and parents is essential in order for the BCBA to monitor social validity.
5. Each session structure is based on the previous session. Skill development of each participant is closely monitored in order to determine necessary modifications of teaching strategies or need of additional exercises or activities to address skill deficits. Each participant comes to the group with a unique learning history. It is for this reason that MILO ABA does not rely on one single curriculum. It is the learner that helps dictate what is needed for him or her to grow socially so if data or observation suggests that improvement is not made, modifications are made immediately.
6. MILO ABA is committed to using evidence based practices to teach social skills while maintaining a naturally welcoming environment which is carefully designed to foster generalization of skills to other settings. The BCBA consistently uses the most effective least intrusive levels of prompting in order to facilitate independent sustained group interaction while still monitoring for interaction that may need assistance.