We believe that to provide the highest level of care, it is essential to maintain an effective partnership with the client’s diagnostic provider as well as the insurance company.
To facilitate this collaboration, we have built a system of reporting metrics on the child’s treatment plan with supporting progress charts we share with our partners. This information keeps everyone involved up to date on the client’s progress and future needs.
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Autism screening tools and assessment tools are not the same. Screening tools can help quickly identifying possible developmental “red flags” but do not provide conclusive evidence of developmental delays nor do they result in an actual diagnosis, which is needed by an insurance company in order for the child to access treatment. A positive screening result should always be followed by a thorough assessment. There are many tools to assess ASD in young children, but no single tool should be used as the basis for diagnosis.
Diagnostic tools usually rely on two main sources of information—parents’ or caregivers’ descriptions of their child’s development and a professional’s observation of the child’s behavior.
Specialists that assess and diagnose individuals with autism can include neurodevelopmental pediatricians, developmental-behavioral pediatricians, child neurologists, geneticists, and child psychologists. Below are links to a few common screening tools and assessment tools for diagnostic providers.
Research defines quality ABA programming as 1:1 services implemented 25-40 hours per week. It is shown that quality programming is best obtained via a center-based ABA model. Center-based services have been shown to have significantly higher staff supervision and training, higher rates of exposure to peers, higher guarantee of a full-time schedule, and an overall much higher caregiver satisfaction.
Naturalistic teaching takes the play activities children love such as racing scooters, building blocks, or going on a pretend bug hunt into meaning learning opportunities. Naturalistic teaching fills every minute of the child’s day with learning through observation and imitation within play. Consequences are embedded naturally as children sing, color, and bear-crawl through their day. Generalization of skills leading to lasting skill mastery is intentionally implemented through activities, settings, and people.