The Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts, PLLC. (MGABA) center-based services is equipped to provide services to a diverse group of individuals.
At MGABA, we understand that each person is unique with his or her individual learning style. Because we value and honor the individuality of each of our learners, MGABA employs individually designed programs and behavior management plans. We nurture each learner’s interests and aim to encourage learning through structured programs utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
In order to create each of our learner’s program, assessments are completed to determine the acquisition and retention rates of skills across a multitude of areas. Behaviors are evaluated, and through the use of established assessments, we are able to identify barriers to learning and adaptive functioning. As a result of these assessments, programs are designed to suit the needs of each individual. As learners progress through each of their own plans, they are able to break through the barriers and build lifelong skills.
Regular review of progress and services allows our instructors to make adjustment to learners’ programs systematically. A tiered approach is utilized to monitor all behavior and skill acquisition programs. Qualified ABA instructors work directly with each of the learners and graph data daily to document progress across all skill areas. Licensed Behavior Analysts work on site daily with our team and review the data regularly to assess progress. The Clinical Director of MGABA is readily available and oversees all skill and behavior management programming.
As advancements are made, transition planning is evaluated. It is the goal of MGABA programs to re-integrate our clients back into the community and public school setting as soon as possible. When appropriate, our team will act as a liaison between the MGABA program and the learner’s school. We will systematically fade the client back into their public school setting, or out-of-district placement, with the use of our team. The MGABA team member will work with the learner’s school to train the teachers and support staff on utilizing effective behavior plans to manage the learner’s behavior, while systematically transferring instructional and stimulus control to the school staff members.
Sample Programs Schedule
The schedule for the MGABA Center site for ABA services listed below contains approximations of time. Each program component will be executed based on the completion of the previous scheduled activity. Program schedules are largely individualized based on the programming needs of each learner. Additional schedule components will be implemented in an organized and structured manner throughout each day. Learners will access the following based on individual needs and according to the schedule and availability of the programs: additional toileting and hygiene routines, snack time, special events, etc.
*Daily schedules are subject to change based on the learner’s behavior and ability to progress through the day successfully.
Morning Conference Session: (8:00-8:45 AM)
Day Services Sessions Arrival/ Attendance: (9:00-9:15 AM)
Morning routine: (9:15-9:30 AM)
Morning Work Session: ( 9:30 AM -12:00 PM)
Lunch: (12:00 -12:30 PM)
Leisure: (12:30-1:00 PM)
Afternoon Work Session: (1:00-2:45 PM)
End of Day Transition: (2:45-3:00 PM)
Day Services Complete: (3:00 PM)
Afternoon Services Session (3:15-6:15 PM)
The MGABA Center Services has a variety of unique opportunities for the learners who attend our programs:
Social Skills: Promoting social skills is of the highest priority of the MGABA program. Learners have first privilege to enroll in the afternoon and weekend social skills program. This unique program offers an extension of skills taught during the day and encourages generalization to similar aged peers. Further, the program allows the parents and families of our learners to receive family training services matching the skills being taught to our learners. The social skills program runs 12 weeks and includes direct instruction and family training at the Center location.
Beautification Projects: Learners will be encouraged to learn vocational and daily skills living through outdoor beautification projects in our large outdoor nature space such as planting flowers or a vegetable garden, painting murals, etc.
Cooking: The MGABA center-based program offers a kitchen for learners to build independent and assisted daily living skills. Clients will be afforded opportunities to learn to follow a recipe, make a list, purchase items and cook a meal.
Program Celebration and Social Function: Throughout the year, the program will encourage learners and invite families to attend social functions. These may include: Thanksgiving Feast, Spring Fling, Summer Time BBQ, Winter Party, etc.
While working on building age appropriate skills, the team at the MGABA Center will also work to increase adaptive behavior across a variety of settings. While implementing robust behavior plans to address challenging behaviors, adaptive behaviors are targeted to be the focus of functionally equivalent replacement skills and individualized reinforcement programs.
At MGABA we value the individuality of our learners and design programs to address each person’s specific needs across a range of skill areas. Individuals who attend MGABA Center services will work toward lifelong socially significant achievements.
The list below outlines some appropriate goals that are frequently implemented in our ABA programs:
Reciprocal conversation Spontaneous commenting
Speaking in front of a group
Team building and participation
Daily Living Skills
Preparing food, setting table, eating independently, etc.
Following a recipe, measuring ingredients, cooking a meal
Hand washing, teeth brushing
Tolerating a hair cut
Routines and schedule
Following daily and task related schedules
Looking for a job to suit personal interest and skills