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Paralegal & Bookkeeping Assistant Program

The Paralegal/Bookkeeping Assistant Program in Wellesley is designed for students

who need specialized instruction and support in the areas of vocational and

work-related social skills. The program is staffed with two Board Certified Behavior

Analysts (BCBAs) and utilizes evidence-based behavior analytic teaching strategies to

promote generalization of skills and foster independence.

Staffing for students will be individualized and based on the level of support required in

order to be as successful and independent as possible. Transportation will not be provided.

Students should bring in lunch, snacks, and a refillable water bottle.

Students are required to bring a mask/face covering as social distancing will remain a

priority. Families will be asked to answer some questions in writing regarding health


Sample Objectives

1. Given priming and accommodations as needed, the student will demonstrate

functional workplace communication by requesting assistance (i.e., by saying, “show

me”), calling if they are running late or out sick or transmitting a message from one

person to another with no more than one adult prompt, measured across three

consecutive opportunities.

2. The student will learn to carry out at least four new vocational tasks (i.e., data entry

onto a spreadsheet) to which they have been assigned in their current vocational setting

with 80% independence, measured across three consecutive sessions.

3. Given a mock interview of up to 5 questions, the student will utilize a script to

respond to said questions, including talking about strengths and asking up to two

questions to the interviewer as measured across three consecutive sessions.

Program Director: Mariela Vargas-Irwin, Psy,D., BCBA-D, LABA:

Dr. Vargas obtained her doctoral degree from Rutgers University, completed her

internship at Boston Children’s Hospital, and pursued post-doctoral training at the Baker

Children’s Center. She has over thirty years of experience working with children with

autism and other developmental disorders with behavioral challenges. Dr. Vargas has

worked as a home-based behavioral therapist, overseen home-based programs,

designed training protocols for ABA therapists and supervisors, and consulted with

families and schools. She was the second president of the Massachusetts Association

for Behavior Analysis and has presented in numerous national and international Autism

and ABA conferences. A licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst,

she is the founder and executive director of Applied Behavioral Learning Services

(ABLS). Her interests include inclusion, social skills, and executive behavior.

Sample Schedule (9:00-3:00)

9:00 - 9:30 Arrival/Group meeting: preview of the day

9:30 - 10:00 Snack/Social

10:00 - 10:30 Small Group Vocational Lesson

10:30 - 11:30 Competency Based Activities

11:30 - 12:15 Exercise Routine/Walk

12:15 - 12:45 Lunch Prep

12:45 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 1:30 Small Group Social Skills Lesson

1:30 - 2:30 Leisure Skills Exposure/Choice

2:30 - 2:45 Closing Meeting

2:45 - 3:00 Pack up and Prepare for Dismissal

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