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Professional Development

Each training program is 6 hours in length. Please find a list of our common training sessions below.

We customize each program to your needs. Contact us to learn more.

Program 1

Autism & Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the Classroom

  • Explanation of Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Treatments for Autism: Research Based Interventions

  • History of ABA & Modern Day Applications

  • Using ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

  • Principles of ABA: Reducing & Increasing Behavior

  • Applications of ABA in the Classroom: Discrete Trial Training

  • Activity Schedules for independence

  • Natural Environment Training

Program 2

Functional Behavior Assessments & Functional Analyses

  • Participants will recognize the need for a behavior plan

  • Participants will identify the purpose of Functional Assessments

  • Participants will name the steps involved in carrying out an FBA

  • Participants will write operational definitions of behaviors within different scenarios

  • Participants will identify the components of the behavior plan

  • Participants will identify the four functions of behavior

  • Participants will determine Antecedent conditions (proximal and distal)

  • Participants will fill out an ABC recording form in three virtual observations of real children with behavior problems

  • Participants will Analyze Functional Interview assessment forms

  • Participants will Analyze data and formulate a hypothesis concerning the function of behavior

Program 3

Writing Behavior Intervention Plans Participants will recognize the need and importance of a Function-based Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)s


  • Participants will identify environmental adjustments that can be used to make the student’s problem behavior unnecessary. Participants will identify behaviors (skills) will be taught to replace or meet the same function as the student’s problem behavior and improve his or her ability to function more effectively.

  • Participants will identify consequences that may be managed to ensure the student receives reinforcers for positive behavior, not problem behavior. Participants will identify factors that allow the student to be independent and successful. Examples: modifying the curriculum, reorganizing the physical setting, clarifying routines and expectations

  • Participants will determine how to enhance the student’s overall independence, integration, and quality of life through a BIP.

  • Participants will recognize different types of measurement, data collection, and graphing of behavioral data.

  • Participants will complete a BIP template

Program 4

Assessment of Basic Learning & Language Skills

The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (The ABLLS ®-R) is an assessment, curriculum guide, and skills tracking system for children with language delays. It is based on the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis with Skinner's theory of Verbal Behavior along with research by Dr. Partington and includes 25 repertoire areas covering 544 skills. Staff will be trained on how to conduct this assessment, create individualized programs for students, collect ongoing data on student’s progress, and master goals/add new goals to program. The goals identified in the VBAMPP often match state standards/IEP Goals.

  • Participants will to the principles of Verbal Behavior

  • Participants will learn how to conduct an ABLLS-R Assessment

  • Participants will learn to create an ABLLS-R curriculum for their students

Program 5

Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment & Placement Program 


The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program was created by Mark Sundberg, PhD, BCBA-D in 2008. The VB-MAPP: Skills Assessment contains 170 verbal behavior milestones across 3 developmental levels and 16 different verbal operants and related skills. This assessment is based on the skills of typically developing children ages 0 to 4 years. The goals identified in the VBAMPP often match state standards/IEP Goals.

  • Participants will to the principles of Verbal Behavior

  • Participants will learn how to conduct a VB-MAPP Assessment

  • Participants will learn to create an VBMAPP curriculum for their students

  • Scoring Grids will be distributed to attendees. However, it is the responsibility of the school to purchase the program at

Program 6

Developing Skill Acquisition Programs using the Assessment of Functional Livings Skills in Home, School & Community (AFLS)

Developed by Partington & Mueller, The Assessment of Functional Living Skills is comprised of The AFLS Guide and six individual assessment protocols including Basic Living Skills, Home Skills and Community Participation Skills School Skills, Independent Living Skills and Vocational Skills assessment, These protocols assess functional, practical, and essential skills of everyday life across all ages. The AFLS can be conducted in the home, school, and community settings with the help of parents, caregivers, teachers and employers. Many of the skill areas match the Alabama State Standards which are used in IEP goal development. The AFLS can accompany or follow a skill acquisition program based on the ABLLS-R. Each module is different yet each is connected by unifying themes and overarching goals for maximizing a learner’s freedom, independence, and opportunities.

Participants will become familiarized with different AFLS protocols and identify at least 32 specific skill repertoire areas of functional skills Participants will learn to score the AFLS Participants will learn to select and prioritize targets to include in a client’s skill acquisition program

Program 7: ABA Model Classroom

ABA Model Classroom NEW!!!

What are the goals of Milestones’ ABA Classroom Program?
  • Increase skills in academics, language and communication, social skills, and independent living skills for all students.

  • Increase the internal capacity within school systems across the state of Alabama to work with and educate children with Autism and other similar disabilities.

What’s different about the Milestones ABA Classroom Program?
  • Housed in the school system and staffed with existing school system personnel with a more typical and feasible student-to-staff ratio.

  • Support and collaboration from a BCBA creates a sustainability

  • Intensive Staff Training for increased capacity within the school system - We create internal experts.

  • All classroom staff trained to implement ABA procedures, to collect and use data to make teaching decisions, to assess skills, and to develop appropriate educational programs focused on the student’s core deficits.

  • Teachers are trained to implement procedures, develop programs, and problem solve allowing increasingly better educational services to the children they will teach for years to come.

  • 3 year "train the trainer" model designed to increase the capacity of the classroom teachers and other staff so that they will be able to provide training and consultative services from within the school district

Services provided by Milestones Behavior Group School Staff Training Team:
  • Extensive, competency-based Teacher and Staff Training – both didactic and in-vivo throughout the school year

  • Academic and Behavior Assessment of students

  • Program Development of both skill acquisition programs (ex: DTT/ABA) and BIP

  • Support and Consultation in-vivo for the school year by BCBA

How long is the program?

300 hours of services in year one; 150 in year 2; 75 or as needed in year three

Services to be provided by the school system:
  • The school system will be responsible for providing the students (approx. 8 students), classroom staff (1 teacher and 2 paraprofessionals), and typical classroom materials

  • This program must be met with administrative support at school and district level.

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