Family Resources & Advocacy
Milestones offers a variety of parent resources and training sessions. Many parents have questions about certain services, resources, and treatment types. Resources are available on request for topics to help families get connected and obtain the understanding needed on the topic. Maneuvering the early intervention and special education process can be intimidating. Many parents feel uninformed and under prepared. Milestones has advocacy services available to help.
Social Skills & Other Group Services
During vacation weeks and the summer months Milestones will occasionally offer Social skills groups to teach kids the ways to appropriately interact with peers. All groups are enrollment contingent or cannot be offered. Primary components include role-play, instruction and practice. Other groups offered include groups focused on reading, writing, and picky eating. A separate group brochure will be available when groups are being offered. Group services are not covered insurance and payment for participation must be made in full prior to the group start date.
There are four essential parts for fostering change in a child’s behavior patterns and helping them toward success. A behavior consultation may be beneficial to address toilet training, socialization, play skills, community skills, and behavior modification. Milestones has a behavior consultant available to help families navigate challenging behaviors. Key components of a good behavior plan include the following:
- A provider who can guide you through the process.Getting help from someone with experience and knowledge in addressing challenging behaviors is an essential first step.
- Identify the function of the behavior Â. It is especially useful in helping to identify the function of the behavior Â. There are four reasons that any of us behave: attention, escape/avoidance, access to a tangible item, and automatic reinforcement.
- Provide a replacement behavior.As a part of the plan, a replacement behavior should be determined and guidance on implementation provided.
- Provide reinforcement for appropriate behavior.A specific plan for providing reinforcement for use of a replacement behavior and any other desired behaviors is essential.