The methodologies we subscribe to in our practice are the following:
The Assessment Process
Initially, the child receives a comprehensive assessment. Parents are interviewed in order to identify their concerns as well as the child’s specific developmental needs, relative strengths, and relationship capacity. Further information is obtained through interviews with teachers and other professionals, and may incorporate informal assessments as well as observations of the child in different settings. The assessment process provides the team with information to develop an individualized treatment program. The following are important clinical observations and assessment: the child’s use of unstructured time at home/school/community; the ability to use social communication for communicative intent; the ability of the child to play concretely, purposefully and creatively with age-appropriate materials; the child’s capacity for development of emotions and expression of feelings; the child’s ability to share, take turns, join in, and adapt to change with adults and peers; and their ability to function as independently as possible in regards to daily living skills within their home and community. These are some of the critical components involved in developing a comprehensive assessment and intervention program.