Once initial contact is made, you will be assigned to a consultant. Your consultant will schedule a time to have an initial consultation, either at the office or your home. During this meeting they will discuss basic company policies and procedures and your goals for your child.
At this point, the consultant will choose an assessment that is appropriate for your child. We employ a variety of assessments, such as the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R), the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), the Social Language Assessment, or Test of Pragmatic Language 2 (TOPL-2). Additional assessment is conducted through controlled and natural environment observation and through functional behavior assessments (FBAs) as needed.
Your program consultant will collect data and create a personalized program based on assessments, observations, and parental input. No BCS program is the same, as we take a highly individualized approach to our programming. Skills that are worked on may be as simple as imitation skills or as complex as theory of mind tasks. Communication and socialization are the core deficits of autism, so these will always be considered in our programs. Behaviors that impede learning or positive social interactions will also be program priorities.
Once a program is designed, it is implemented in sessions conducted by our therapists. Sessions primarily occur in-home, but also might involve social skills training groups, community outings, school shadowing, or other environments.
The initial sessions with clients are called “pairing” sessions. These sessions allow the therapists to establish a rapport with the child and to conduct a reinforcement assessment for future sessions. In “pairing” sessions, the goal is for the therapist to establish themselves as reinforcing individuals so that your child finds sessions exciting and enjoyable. Although the therapist will be doing mostly play during the pairing process, they may do some informal testing and assessment during this time. The therapists will identify environmental manipulations that might be made to assist in promoting language and communication.
We consider parents to be partners in the services we provide. Parent training is conducted at the onset of therapy services and is ongoing as needed. We want parents and siblings to be an integral part of the therapy process so that methods learned can be continued beyond our time with clients.
Monthly Team Meetings
Each month the program consultant will analyze daily data and make program decisions and adjustments based on the child’s data and the team’s input. A meeting is held, preferably with the parents present, and the entire therapy team to discuss current progress and future goals.