A language and skills assessment occurs during the first 4-6 weeks of service; however, skill assessment is also an ongoing process and will continue throughout the duration of the service delivery period.
A variety of assessment tools may be used during this process depending upon the age and skill profile of your child. Some examples include:
- The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised (ABLLS-R®, Partington),
- The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS®, Partington & Mueller)
- The Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP, Sundberg),
- Functional Independence Skills Handbook (FISH, Killion),
- Checklist of Adaptive Living Skills (CALS, Morreau & Bruininks),
- Early Start Denver Model (ESDM, Rogers & Dawson) Areas of development that may be evaluated / assessed for your child include:
- Learning Readiness Skills
- Language and Communication
- Social Interaction & Play
- Self Help (Independance)
- Pre-academic & Classroom Skills
Following the assessment period, an Individual Service Plan (ISP) meeting will be scheduled between the family and your child’s Senior Therapist / Behaviour Analyst and / or Program Supervisor. During this meeting goals that have been identified for your child during the assessment will be discussed and reviewed. Any additional goals that you have for your child will also be discussed and prepared for integration into your child’s plan. A recommendation may be made at this time on the number of hours of service that may be beneficial for your child.
Next step: Plan