Bierman ABA Autism Center :: October Clinical News, Notes & Happenings 
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Clinical Corner: Our Priorities 

We've talked about our theme of being the best provider of services for children with autism. This year we've been working across our locations on multiple projects to continue to enhance our skills.

Some of the key highlights include training our teams to use the world around them to teach in an even more playful and naturalistic way, focusing on social reinforcement as our primary goal to teach new behavior, and taking a closer look at our system of measurement to ensure efficient progress.

As we look ahead to the next few months, we have several exciting and challenging projects that we're actively working on. Here's a quick sneak peek at our clinical priorities list:

  • Enhancing our consultant training
  • Continued development of key clinical processes:
    • BIP's (Behavior Intervention Plans)
    • Program Binder Organization
    • Data Rules 
    • Error Analysis
    • Case reviews
    • Mand flow data sheets
    • Implementation of Precision teaching & Fluency based instruction training
    • Development of Electronic Training Platforms (Lessonly)
A clinical team comprising Liz Lefebre MA BCBA, Laura Grant MA BCBA, Danielle Pelz M.Ed BCBA, Chrissy Barosky MA BCBA, and myself is leading the development and implementation of these projects.
Finally, we've made great strides this year as a team. I am incredibly proud of our team and the great effort that gets put in every day. Let's continue to raise the bar and expand the scope of what's possible with our kids.

- Courtney, President Clinical Development

One topic that I want to expand upon from the clinical priorities list is precision teaching & fluency based instruction training... 

We know that in order to make the most meaningful gains with our learners,we need a strong system of measurement in place. Measurement allows us to make decisions about what we are teaching and how we are teaching it. The better the measurement, the better the decisions. The better the decisions, the better the learning. As a team, our primary goal is to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of our instruction so our children can grow as quickly as possible. Precision Teaching is a method of standardized measurement and visual analysis using “the chart”, and is based on core behavior analytic principles. All locations have received training and are introducing the “chart” into their programs. Over time, we will develop more intense trainings to teach our clinical team how to develop programs and make quick decisions based on data patterns.

Laura Grant
Vice President of Clinical Development

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how proud I've been of all of the openness and positivity I've felt from our teams at every location in regards to the clinical movements we've been making. There's nothing that inspires me more than a group of individuals motivated to grow and learn so that others can grow and learn with them.  

Within our organization our "others" are, of course, our kids.  And the tool we have to guide us through our continued learning is our BTBO (Basic Training Binder Objectives.) This tool can be used to identify areas for growth, for setting goals and expectations for individuals within teams, for providing feedback and tracking improvements over time. It can be used by anyone, including clinical leads to ensure their therapy skills stay sharp, consultants developing programming while considering the delivery of instruction, and therapists observing their own teaching through a video and assessing where they would like more training.  It's designed to work as a guide, not as a report card. Remember that every individual's learning and performance will fluctuate across kids and programs, and that as our learning as a team grows and changes, our BTBO will change with it.  And like the expectations we have for our kids, our team will never stop improving. 

As always, thank you for being the key to our kids growth.

Laura Grant
Vice President of Clinical Development
Clinical Corner: Meet the Clinical Development Team

Laura Grant, MA BCBA
Vice President of Clinical Development
Laura has been applying the science of human behavior within organizations specializing in providing intervention for individuals diagnosed with Autism since 2006. She has dedicated her professional life to behavior analysis, keeping up with advancements in treatment for autism, and continued professional development. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, adjunct faculty at Ball State University and an executive member of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Kansas and her master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Laura enjoys traveling internationally and has spent time in Thailand, Romania and Australia.

Danielle Pelz, M.Ed BCBA
Regional Vice President, Indiana
Danielle has been working in the field of behavior analysis since 2005. She received her Masters degree in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and has earned her BCBA. She has worked with children with varying abilities and ages and has extensive experience in decreasing undesirable behaviors. She is passionate about working with parents to ensure learning occurs across all environments. Danielle loves training and supervising other behavior analysts as well, encouraging them as they continue to do great work with children! Danielle enjoys playing golf with her husband and hanging out with her 2 dogs!  

Courtney Bierman, MA BCBA
President & Founder

Courtney is a behavior analyst and has extensive experience designing, implementing, and training families over the principles and techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2003.

As founder and president, Courtney is passionate about ensuring that Bierman ABA stays true to its approach in putting together quality programs. 

She first earned her BCaBA through the University of North Texas before completing her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through Ball State University to earn her BCBA.

Liz Lefebre, MA BCBA
Vice President of Strategy & Programming

Liz Lefebre began working with children with Autism in the field of Behavior Analysis in 2005.  Liz has a passion for helping children access high quality behavioral and educational services in all environments.  Her broad clinical experience, ranging across a variety of areas including Precision Teaching, Direct Instruction, instructional design, early intervention, intervention of challenging behavior, curriculum development and modification and academic skills informs her ability to develop meaningful and appropriate treatment plans.  She also has expertise in staff training, development of training systems and models, and consulting in a variety of contexts including schools, homes, and other private organizations. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and currently holds a Certification as a Counselor in the state of Washington. 

Lefebre earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in ABA from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2008.  Lefebre earned her bachelors degree in the in Speech and Hearing Sciences from at the University of Washington in 2005.

Chrissy Barosky, MA BCBA
Regional Vice President, Massachusetts

Chrissy Barosky is a BCBA who began working in the field of autism in 2006. She holds a Masters degree from Columbia University in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Bachelors degree from Northeastern University in Human Services. She is also a part time instructor for Northern Arizona University in their Positive Behavior Support program. Chrissy's experience includes designing and implementing behavior intervention plans and instructional programs for children in home, center based and school settings. She is passionate about training and supervising other behavior analysts as well as mentoring future behavior analysts. Chrissy is currently working toward her PhD at Simmons College in Behavior Analysis and likes to spend her free time playing with her toddler. 
Updates and Reminders Across Locations

2015 Holiday Closures
We will be closed November 26th and 27th (Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.)

We will be closed December 24th and 25th, as well as the entire following week, December 28th through January 1st.
(We will remain OPEN December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.)

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace
November 1, 2015:
 Open Enrollment starts — first day you can enroll in a 2016 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016. to compare rates and plans for your health care coverage needs. 
Bierman ABA Virtual Bookfair

Bierman ABA with Usbourne Books is hosting a virtual book fair. 50% of all purchases made during this Book Fair will be returned to Bierman ABA in resources to be distributed throughout their locations, and in books that will be donated to deserving Bierman families! Help us spread love and literacy this holiday season! Find details about the event here!

To purchase from the Bierman ABA Book Fair, please visit:
Halloween Happenings Across our Locations: 

• Each location is hosting it's own version of a Halloween party! 

• 'Treats' will be planned at each location to accommodate the individualized dietary needs.

• Kids are welcome to wear their costumes all day on the day of their party.

• Activities have been planned at each location to be appropriate for our learners. 

• Parents are welcome to attend our celebrations! 
Boston Celebration: Friday, Oct 30th 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Fort Wayne Celebration: Thursday, October 29th (different scheduled times)
Avon Celebration: Friday, October 30th 3:00 - 4:30 PM 
Broad Ripple Celebration: Friday, October 30th 2:30 - 4:00 PM 
Westfield Celebration: Friday, October 30th 3:30 - 4:00 PM
Boston Location Updates
2015 BABAT Conference 
Members of our clinical team attended the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) annual conference. Our team benefits greatly from ongoing education at conferences throughout the year and this is one of the best. Our BCBA's attended workshops on a wide variety of topics that will help us to design better and more effective programs for our kiddos. Our team is also dedicated to presenting at next year's conference. 
Walk Now for Autism Speaks
This past weekend was the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks. We bundled up to brave the cold and were warmly received by all of the walkers, volunteers and new friends we made! Thanks to everyone from ‪#TEAMBIERMAN‬ who came out and thanks to Autism Speaks for hosting this large annual community event.

It's a PARTY and you're invited!

We will be having a fall festival open house on Saturday, October 24 from 9:30am-11:30am. We will have refreshments, games, pumpkins, and face painting for the kids. Our new SLP, Hannah will also be there to get to know all of our families.

Fort Wayne Location Updates

Flex Project: 'Messy Room'

Kyrea & Alicia teamed up to create a 'messy room' for our kiddos! This room has water and sand tables, textures to explore, a finger painting station, and a cool sound board! This room is a great retreat for our kiddos and also something they find very motivating. Good work, ladies!

Circus Party Wrap Up

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Open House Celebration at our Coldwater Location on Saturday, September 26th. It was terrific to see so many faces! We truly appreciate your support in everything we do! Good times were had by all! Photos are posted on our FB for your viewing here!

Project RAK: Random Acts of Kindness
Did you know that November 13th is World Kindness Day? Leading up to Thanksgiving, our Fort Wayne locations are celebrating random acts of kindness every day. In addition to holding a food drive and volunteering, we have posted a kindness center at each of our locations with 'pay it forward' kindness tags written out. Staffers can grab tags they wish to carry out and then once completed, they will know they have put a smile on some one else's face. This project was launched by our very own ray of sunshine, Rhonda! 


Central Indiana Area Updates

HABA Conference: ongoing education for our professionals 
Members of our teams from Indy and FW will be attending this year’s HABA’s 7th Annual Conference on October 23 and 24. The Annual Conference will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.  This year’s conference is titled: Behavioral Pediatrics from Research to Practice. Dr. Patrick Friman, President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine will deliver this year’s keynote address.

Trunk or Treat at St. Vincent's
#TeamBierman will be at St. Vincent Pediatric Therapy in Carmel for the 2015 Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 24th from 1-3 pm at 12425 Old Meridian, Carmel, IN 46032. A 'Trunk or Treat' is a chance for children to experience Halloween in a safe environment. We hope to see you there!

Avon Friends: Fall Family Festival

When: Friday October 30th 2015

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 pm

Where: 301 Satori Parkway S, Avon IN 46123

Kids are welcome to wear Halloween costumes all day or bring them for the party. Silly Safari's Animal Show will be performing and you don't want to miss their show!

There will be Fall themed activities, crafts, and peer interaction games for children of all ages. Activities to include: apple stamping, pumpkin painting, Fall sensory bins and plenty of fall themed games. *IF THE WEATHER cooperates, this event will be outside, so plan accordingly, however, the weather may direct us to celebrate inside* 

All family members and friends are invited to join in on the fun!

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