About

So, who is Milestones?

Milestones specializes in teaching children who may be behind in their language, behavior, or social development. We use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to make learning fun while helping students reach new heights. At Milestones, it is our mission to help each child reach his or her developmental Milestones.

Our team is comprised of multiple Licensed Behavior Analysts with outstanding backgrounds. LBAs provide frequent supervision of line technicians and are heavily involved with each students’ program. This leads to rapid analysis of data and increased rates of progress. Our line technicians are carefully chosen based on background, experience, and personality. Additionally, our Owner and Director, Melissa Raymond is a Licensed Behavior Analyst herself! Incorporating best practices into every aspect of Milestones is part of her personal mission.

ABA Theapy in a Nutshell

ABA Therapy in a Nutshell

Behavior Analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) uses these principles to bring about meaningful and positive change to behavior. The teaching methods of ABA have been well researched and shown to be effective in creating behavioral changes. Positive reinforcement, among other principles, are applied to create increases in desirable behavior (language, play, communication) and decreases in problematic behaviors (tantrums, aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors).

Melissa CoCo Raymond

Licensed Behavior Analyst
Owner / Director

Melissa Raymond, owner and director of Milestones Behavioral Services, has always had a passion for helping others. She was introduced to the field ofABA in 2004 and opened Milestones Behavioral Services in 2012. Her passion and commitment is passed down to her exceptional staff of Licensed Behavioral Analysts and Registered Line Technicians. Melissa’s mission is to help children reach their developmental milestones and to provide a fun and happy learning environment of all of those who are a part of the Milestones family.

Melissa CoCo Raymond Licensed Behavior Analyst
Highly trained professionals

The Milestones Staff

melissa coco raymond licensed behavior analyst lake charles

MELISSA COCO RAYMOND

​MA, BCBA, LBA

About Melissa

Melissa Raymond, owner and director of Milestones Behavioral Services, has always had a passion for helping others. She was introduced to the field of ABA in 2004 and opened Milestones Behavioral Services in 2012. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from McNeese State University in 2006 and her Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis in 2009 from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Melissa became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2009 and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in 2014. Melissa is also a founder of Autism Scholar Inc. which is a non-profit organization with a mission to facilitate scholarly opportunities for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is also an active member in the Louisiana Behavior Analysis Association. Melissa's passion and commitment is passed down to her exceptional staff of BCBAs and Registered Line Technicians. Melissa’s mission is to help children reach their developmental milestones and to provide a fun and happy learning environment of all of those who are a part of the Milestones family.

KAYLA WILBURN

​MS, BCBA, LBA

About Kayla

Kayla joined the Milestones team in 2013 and currently serves in the role of Licensed Behavior Analyst. Kayla oversees all of our students who receive services in the school setting. She began working in the field of ABA in 2010 as a line technician. Kayla received her bachelors degree in psychology from McNeese State University in 2012 and her master’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis on ABA from St. Josephs University 2016. She earned the BCBA and the LBA credentials in 2016. Kayla loves working in the school setting where she is able to watch her students thrive academically and socially. In her spare time Kayla enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Michelle Stokes Licensed Behavior Analyst Lake Charles LA

MICHELLE STOKES​

​MS, BCBA, LBA

About Michelle

Michelle joined the team at Milestones in 2013 and currently serves in the role of Licensed Behavior Analyst. She joined the team at Milestones as a line technician while earning her bachelor’s degree. In 2015 Michelle was promoted to a lead line technician and she began training new employees as they joined the team. Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in 2016 in Psychology, and Social and Criminal Justice in from Ashford University. Michelle earned her Master’s degree from Capella University in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017. She earned the credential of BCBA in 2017 and LBA in 2018. Michelle's primary focus is on level 3 early learners because she enjoys problem solving in order to begin the path to learning to include working on early communication skills, play skills, potty training, and home skills. Michelle enjoys working with early learners, training others in the field of ABA, and working closely with parents on the clients goals. Michelle has two children on the autism spectrum. When she saw the impact that early intervention can make she made the decision to pursue a career in ABA.
Jennifer Lange Licensed Behavior Analyst Lake Charles LA

JENNIFER LYNNE LANGE

​MS, BCBA, LBA

About Jennifer

Jennifer joined the team at Milestones in 2017 and currently serves in the role of Licensed Behavior Analyst. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University in 2014. Jennifer specialized in developmental psychology and received a double minor in neuroscience and linguistics. She graduated summa cum laude. Jennifer earned her master’s degree in psychology from McNeese State University in 2017. She graduated summa cum laude. Jennifer earned the credential of BCBA in August 2017 and the LBA credential in November 2017. Jennifer is passionate about the field of ABA and her interests lie in early intensive behavioral interventions, EIBI. She is particularly interested in the development of early language skills. She enjoys spending time with her husband hiking, watching movies, and traveling.

SHELBY SONNIER

M.ED., BCBA, LBA

About Shelby

Shelby entered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in July 2015 as line technician at Milestones Behavioral Services. She continued in this role until June 2017. After earning her Master’s Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in High Incidence Disabilities and Applied Behavior Analysis from Nicholls State University, Shelby rejoined our team as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in 2019. Shelby earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from McNeese State University in 2015. She has a special interest in the reduction of problem behavior, specifically the reduction of stereotypical behaviors. She works with children in the clinic and school setting and loves watching her kids make progress towards their goals. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym, painting, or watching tv.
Linda Johnson Licensed Behavior Analyst Lake Charles LA

LINDA JOHNSON

​MA, BCBA, LBA

About Linda

Linda joined the team at Milestones Behavioral Services in November in 2018 as a registered line technician. Soon after graduating with her master's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from McNeese State University, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in March 2019. Linda has a special interest in organizational behavior management and plans on specializing in feeding interventions. Linda also has a degree in painting and enjoys doing art in her free time.

ABA INSTRUCTORS / LINE TECHNICIANS

ABA INSTRUCTORS/LINE TECHNICIANS

All of our instructors are carefully chosen to ensure that your child receives nothing but the best. All instructors receive hands on training in addition to classroom training. They are registered with the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board and have passed a national background check. All instructors have past experience working with children and possess a passion to teach and help our students learn!