ABA

Milestone’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy program consists of comprehensive in-home and clinic based therapy for children from birth to 10 years of age with a diagnosis of Autism. Individualized long and short-term goals are implemented by highly trained and dedicated staff including Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) with supervision from Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).

Programs are written based on family and client needs, as well as an all-inclusive assessment conducted by a BCBA using a standardized tool such as the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VBMAPP). This information is used to establish goals that may focus on a variety of skill areas including but not limited to: expressive communication, receptive language, independent completion of adaptive and daily living skills, social readiness and social interaction skills, as well as a focus on reduction and replacement of challenging behaviors.

RBTs help to ensure that your child’s use of mastered skills are effectively translated to the natural environment. BCBAs team up with parents and caregivers to ensure carryover of successful strategies and skills across environments and with those outside of each client’s therapy team. The ultimate goal of our ABA therapy program is to help each client work toward independence while also supporting parents and caregivers so they feel confident in implementing effective strategies at home and in the community.

From initial inquiry to assessment to treatment and subsequent discharge, Milestone ABA Therapy provides a dedicated BCBA to guide you along the way. Our ABA therapy sessions consist of a combination of direct teaching, natural environment teaching, and having fun learning! In the beginning stages of therapy, your BCBA and team of RBTs will focus on pairing with your child by following their motivation and using those items or activities to pair themselves with reinforcement. We recognize that ABA therapy is intensive. You will see our faces frequently and we want the experience to be positive and beneficial for everyone.

ABA

AMY KRINAKIS AMY
KRINAKIS

Amy graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies and a minor in sociology. She has been practicing applied behavior analysis for almost five years and obtained her RBT certification in 2017. She has experience in both clinical and home settings. Amy started her journey at Milestone Therapy in January of 2020.

JOIE ADAMS JOIE
ADAMS

Joie graduated from Indiana University in 2019 with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a counseling minor. While she originally planned to go on to grad school and become a mental health counselor, she ended up landing a job as a RBT and fell in love with the position. She has currently put graduate school on hold, as she is conflicted with the program she would like to pursue, but plans on returning to school to receive her master’s degree in the near future. Joie has worked with kids for years and plans to continue to do so for the entirety of her career. When Joie is not working, you can find her enjoying quality time with her family and friends.

AMANDA FAVIA AMANDA
FAVIA

Amanda graduated from Governors State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders. Amanda worked in special education as a paraprofessional for almost four years before coming to Milestone Therapy. Amanda’s personal goal is to become a speech-language pathologist, working with pediatric dysphagia. Amanda has a chocolate Labrador and two very active cats that she loves to spend time with!

KAROLINA ZIELINSKI KAROLINA
ZIELINSKI

Karolina graduated from Western Michigan University in 2009 with her master’s degree in behavior analysis. She has worked with children, teenagers and adults for over ten years in northwest Indiana. She enjoys supporting those working towards becoming certified as RBTs and BCBAs. She has worked in school settings, Early Intervention, in-home, in the community and day program sites. She began working with Milestone Therapy in 2019 as a Behavior Analyst. Karolina is married, has two dogs and enjoys being in nature.

DAN TIJERINA DAN
TIJERINA

Dan graduated from Governors State University, Illinois with his bachelor’s degree in psychology. After pondering a master’s degree in counseling, Dan began to work in the field of applied behavior analysis and decided to enroll at Ball State University to pursue a master’s degree in ABA. Dan is a new addition to the ABA department and works with children as a Registered Behavior Technician. Dan enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and watching sports, rooting for the Bears, Blackhawks, and White Sox.

TINA SULLIVAN TINA
SULLIVAN

Tina graduated from Purdue University in 2016 with her bachelor’s degree in sociology. She began working as an ABA therapist in 2012. She has experience with a wide variety of developmental levels and ages. Tina joined Milestone Therapy in 2019 as an RBT in both the home and clinic setting. She enjoys working with families to help their children learn new skills. Tina has two little ones of her own. She loves spending time with her family and staying active.

MEGAN MAHONEY MEGAN
MAHONEY

Megan has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis for three years. She obtained her RBT certification in 2018 and has worked mainly in a clinic setting. Megan is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in applied behavior analysis at Ball State University with plans to graduate in 2021. After graduation, she will begin her master’s degree in hopes of being a BCBA. Outside of work and school, Megan enjoys spending time with her daughter and friends.

BECKY RICHARDSON BECKY
RICHARDSON

Becky graduated from Purdue Calumet in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She obtained her first job in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis shortly after graduating. Becky has been in the field for over a year and has had her Registered Behavior Technician certification for over 8 months. She fell in love with working with children and found her passion in Applied Behavior Analysis rather quickly. Shortly after, she applied to Ball State University’s master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis program and began in August 2018. Her goal is to sit for her boards and become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in the year 2020. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

CORINA RAMIREZ CORINA
RAMIREZ

Corina is currently enrolled at Purdue University Global and is pursuing her bachelor’s in applied behavior analysis. She began working in ABA at a young age and has found that this is her passion in life. She has had experience working in both clinical and in-home settings. Corina began at Milestone Therapy in 2019 and truly enjoys working with clients. She is married and has many furry babies.

SHANON OZINGA SHANON
OZINGA

Shanon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2015. Shanon has over 15 years’ experience working with both children and adolescence diagnosed with Autism and developmental disabilities in both home and school settings. Shanon specializes in curriculum assessment and program development for young children with autism, applying verbal behavior methodologies into programming, play based learning, incidental teaching, and functional communication training.

LIZ ROSKO LIZ
ROSKO
LIZ ROSKO

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Liz obtained her undergrad degree from Ball State University in Special Education. After working in the field for eight years, she obtained a master’s degree in Educational Leadership followed by certification in ABA from Florida Institute of Technology in 2015. Liz has 12 years experience working in various public school districts developing and implementing ABA-based programs for children ages 3-10 with Autism. As a BCBA, Liz specializes in parent education and training. Liz has provided several presentations to educators, parents, and colleagues over the years including topics such as: Autism 101, ABA Strategies for Home and School, An Intro to Communication and Social Skills, and more.

ANTHONY GIANNINI ANTHONY
GIANNINI
ANTHONY GIANNINI

ANTHONYGIANNINI

Anthony is a student at Fox College pursuing his associate degree in applied science and his occupational therapy assistant certificate. Anthony joined the Milestone ABA team in the spring of 2019 and has previous pediatric experience in the clinic, daycare, home and school settings.