ABA programs rely on records of a child’s skill sets and regular data collection to determine if the intervention being provided is effective. In order to provide appropriate services for any student, assessments are a necessary part of programming. If your child has not had a recent assessment, we may be able to assist with the following services. If, however, your child needs assessments beyond the behavioral realm such as neuropsychological testing, we will provide referrals to other specialists.
Language assessments provide information about your child’s language and communication skills and provide a baseline for future programming and/or IEP planning. We offer criterion-referenced assessments such as the ABLLS and VB-MAPP. In addition, we collect language samples in the natural environment to assess a child’s functional communication skills. Finally, if your child has a recent assessment, or is currently working with a speech language pathologist, we review the information your professional can provide. Our staff is trained to work collaboratively with professionals of other critical fields to enrich your child’s program.
Sometimes an ongoing program needs a fresh eye. Program analysis looks at the current interventions, goals and objectives as well as the implementation of the intervention to assess its effectiveness. This type of assessments requires a records review and direct observations in the home, school and community, as appropriate. Finally, a program analysis will include an analysis of the data collected and recommendations for future planning.
This assessment is similar to the program analysis. The educational assessment is more tailored to specifically address issues ongoing in the school setting that appear to be negatively affecting your child’s progress in attaining goals and objectives. An educational assessment includes a records review, direct observations in the school as well as the home and community. Parent and teacher interviews are required. Additional formal assessments may be used in conjunction with the observations. These may include social skills assessments, language assessments and behavioral assessments.