Assessment Guides Our Intervention
Our comprehensive assessments cover a wide range of areas
With a specific focus on areas of difficulty for individuals with Autism. Communication, social, and behavioral skills are a common focus. Assessment of behaviors at Acuity Behavior Solutions includes a functional behavior assessment. This is crucial to intervention.
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A highly-trained Board Certified Behavior Analyst will conduct an interview, observation, and direct testing with your child to fully assess the behaviors of concern and the areas where additional skills are needed.
Assessment of problem behaviors at Acuity Behavior Solutions includes several components:
- Defining behavior clearly - through something we call an Operational Definition
- Determining common triggers and events surrounding that behavior – often referred to as analysis of the Antecedents and Consequences
- Seeking to identify the reason the behaviors appear to be occurring – technically referred to as the function of the behavior
- Collection of both reported and observed behaviors to support the analysis of the behaviors
Additionally, our experienced BCBAs will ask you questions and assess your child directly through the use of some of our standardized and developmental assessments including, but not limited to:
- Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – Edition 3 (Vineland-3)
- Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
- Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
- Developmental Assessment of Young Children-Second Edition (DAY-C 2)
- Behavior Assessment System for Children 2 (BASC 2)
- Other assessments, as needed
Our clinicians/BCBAs determine which assessment(s) are the most beneficial for your child’s therapy, as well as which assessment is required to request services through your insurance company.
At the end of the Functional Behavior Assessment with the BCBA, we will create a comprehensive report including a full analysis of the child’s problem behaviors, a plan for intervening on those behaviors to reduce them, a list of the top prioritized goals for increasing your child’s skills, goals for parents/caregivers, and a set of recommendations for how many hours of ABA is medically necessary.
Recommendations for the number of hours of ABA by the clinician are typically based on:
- Clinical need
- Skills to be acquired
- Child’s estimated rate of skill acquisition
- Severity and number of problem behaviors to reduce
- Overall assessment of child’s needs and levels of functioning
Goals will be objective, measurable and achievable. Goals are often in the areas of:
- Behavior Reduction
- Social Skills
- Independent Living Skills
- Play Skills
- Leisure Skills
- Community Integration
- Cognitive and Pre-Academic Skills
- Coping and Tolerance
Our comprehensive reports typically exceed the minimum report requirements for each of the insurance companies we are contracted with. This means our reports have more information and resources than required, to ensure the highest quality of care.