EVALUATION & ASSESSMENT OF BEHAVIOR, LANGUAGE & SOCIAL SKILLS
Our comprehensive Evaluations & Assessments of Behavior, Language, and Social Skills can help identify:
potential causes of challenging behavior in the home environment
barriers that may impact your child's learning and/or
your child’s abilities & performance in terms of language, communication, social, play, and/or self-help skills
The Evaluation & Assessment process is completed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and typically involves direct observations of your child in the home setting, various testing & assessment procedures, and family feedback and interviews. Once completed, the BCBA will provide an Evaluation & Assessment report that includes specific recommendations that are individualized for your child and family.
Our team can help you select from a variety of assessment methodologies that are supported by empirical research:
Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
A Functional Behavior Assessment helps determine the function of behavior or, in other words, why challenging behaviors might be occurring in the home setting. After determining the function, recommendations can be made for how to reduce these challenging behaviors and how to teach alternative, replacement behaviors that serve the same function, but may be more appropriate.
Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment & Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
The VB-MAPP assessment analyzes verbal behavior and measures your child’s performance on a variety of language, communication, and social skills benchmarks. This assessment provides an approximate developmental age for each skill as it compares to the typical verbal development of children. The VB-MAPP includes a Barriers Assessment that identifies potential challenges that may impact learning and a Transition Assessment that is useful when determining the least restrictive environment or most appropriate placement for a child to learn. Recommended to be completed every 6-12 months.
Assessment of Basic Language & Learning Skills (ABLLS)
The ABLLS assessment measures the skill level of a child across a variety of benchmarks that have been noted as common areas of deficits for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or special needs. These benchmarks include a child’s receptive and expressive language/communication, response to reinforcement, social and play skills, imitation skills, and more. This assessment can be used to identify individualized goals based on a child’s current functional skill level or to gauge progress in these particular areas. Recommended to be completed every 6-12 months.
Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
The AFLS assessment measures an individual’s ability and performance across several skill areas, such as Basic Living Skills, Home Skills, Community Participation Skills, School Skills, Independent Living Skills, and Vocational Skills. Used with individuals of all ages, the AFLS assesses functional, practical, and essential skills of everyday life and can be used to help individuals achieve independence and meaningful participation in their daily lives.