During the initial consultation process:
What can I expect during my initial evaluation?
We will simply gather information about your child’s medical, behavioral, family and educational history as well as information about your current concerns. Your child will be observed in their natural routine and environment while we speak with you to gain information.
Will I be provided a treatment plan immediately?
Although we will be able to give you some general ideas about what to expect with treatment, it is not possible to provide you with a formal or specific treatment plan during the initial evaluation, in depth recommendations will need to wait for more formal data collection. We will provide initial recommendations following the initial evaluation that includes areas of strength and need, recommended service model and service levels.
What other important information should I be aware of?
If your child is in school and/or receiving services from any other agencies/providers then we will likely request permission to collaborate with them. This collaboration is crucial because any behavior change is most successful when consistency in the application of interventions occurs.
Who does what during treatment?
Your Child: Your child is, of course, present at all sessions unless we determine that a team meeting to discuss progress or concerns is necessary. Our focus is to make decisions that are best for your child, your family and the needs that present themselves. Keep in mind that your child may be initially resistant to some of the new strategies that we begin to implement across settings. Change is hard and your child is most likely comfortable and used to the way in which things operated prior to the start of therapy. As a result, your child may exhibit an increase in negative behavior before we see improvement. This is actually very normal and expected! We ask that if we do see this common pattern of behavior, that we all remain diligent and consistent in implementing the established plan and course of action as your child adapts to new rules and expectations.
Our Role: We will serve as a teacher, trainer, consultant and source of support/resource for you during services. We may work with your child individually sometimes, however, we value your participation in the services and find it imperative to successful outcomes. We are here to answer any questions that you have and hope to be a major part of the team that works with your child.
Your Role: It is vital that as a caregiver, you are an integral and regular part of the treatment and team. You will be taught various strategies, given ideas and resources and supported throughout the entire process of developing, applying and modifying interventions that are used.
Hopefully, this answered some of your questions. We understand there may be many more. We are very excited to start working with your child and your family.
Once services get started:
Do I need to buy anything?
You do not need to buy anything to prepare for home based ABA services. We come ready to work and have fun! We prefer that you allow for us to provide services in your child’s most natural environment. You do not need to specify an area for us to work in or a table for us to work at.
How long are sessions?
Session duration will be determined based on your child's specific needs and availability for services.
Do I need to take my other child/children out when you are here or keep them in another room?
Not at all! We welcome any opportunity to include our client’s siblings into services. After all, this is most natural for everyone.
Do I have to be home during services?
Family involvement in services is a key component of our treatment approach. However, we recognize that there may be times when you may not be able to be home or involved. An adult caregiver (over the age of 18) must be home during services.
Can you help with things like going to Target or getting my child to sleep in their own bed?
Yes! We can work on anything functional and appropriate that is going to improve your family's overall quality of life. Just let us know.
How will you track my child’s progress?
After initial observation and building a rapport with your child, more formal assessment and data collection will begin. Goals, interventions and a treatment plan will be developed based upon the information gathered throughout the assessment process. Treatment is a collaborative approach and we value your input in the process.