The purpose of the initial assessment is to determine your child's baseline skill level in the areas of receptive and expressive language, social skills, play skills and adaptive functioning. The assessment is also designed to identify any challenging behaviours which interfere with your child's learning. Of utmost importance is the identification of effective reinforcers given to your child that will motivate your child while working with the ABA programming. ABA programs must also include the skilful art of differential reinforcement.
Once this information has been collected and analyzed an Individual Behavioural Plan is developed which outlines your child's baseline skills and immediate goals in programming.
Following the approval of the child's Individual Behavioural Plan, I will provide the family with a program binder that details the child's programs to be initially worked upon. Once the Instructor has been hired by the family, I will schedule an initial home-visit at which time the program goals will be reviewed. At the first in-home appointment a regular schedule for program supervision will be set with the family and which is in keeping with the contract requirements.
Behaviour analysis is a set of principles and practices. There is a wide range of variation across programs regarding the application of those principles. I work together with the family to develop an individualized program to meet their child's needs. Applied Behavioural Analysis is empirical in nature. All goals and strategies developed are based in assessment. The child's progress towards those goals is carefully monitored through the ongoing collection of data.
All children have the right to effective intervention. Some of the strategies used to insure effective intervention include, but are not limited to
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