Screening and Assessments for Applied Behaviour Analysis/Behaviour Therapy
Monarch House provides a number of options for assessment services if parents/caregivers are concerned about skill development or challenging behaviours.
Monthly Screening Clinics
This monthly clinic is a free of charge, drop-in service for parents to address questions and/or concerns regarding their child’s development. The clinic is run by a qualified team of professionals, including: behaviour analyst, speech-language pathologist, and occupational therapist. They will be available to provide brief consultation in the areas of behaviour, communication, speech, language, play skills, pre-literacy skills, and motor development. The results of the screening will be discussed with parents and will indicate which areas of development are following a typical path and other areas which may require ongoing monitoring or additional assessment by a healthcare professional.
An interdisciplinary assessment is an initial, integrated assessment involving a Behaviour Analyst (BA), a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), and an Occupational Therapist (OT). The assessment involves an interview with a parent(s)/caregivers, observation of your child, standardized and criterion-referenced assessments, development of an interdisciplinary treatment plan (i.e., integrated written recommendations with input from each professional), which is presented at a follow up meeting with the parent(s).
- File Review – Gathering of background information including: past diagnoses; previous assessments and treatment services; and, family histories – developmental and medical;
- Interviews and Rating Scales – Interviewing of parents, teachers, caregivers, and other professionals in order to gather data regarding behaviour, past treatment, and/or assessment results. Checklists and rating scales may also be given to parents/educators to complete in order to provide additional information regarding behaviours in other settings.
- Direct Assessment and Observation – Behaviours should be directly observed in a variety of settings (if possible). Structured assessments such as the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLSr), the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), or the PEAK: Relational Training System or similar curricular assessments may be conducted with the client.
- Assessment from Other Professionals - Assessments from other professionals may be helpful in guiding treatment or assessing progress. Standardized and medical assessments from professionals such as Paediatricians, Family Physicians, Audiologists, Educators, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, and Speech-Language Pathologists may provide helpful information.
Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA) or Functional Analysis (FA)
At times, if problem behaviour is of a significant concern, a more detailed assessment and analysis of behaviour is required. A behaviour analyst (BCBA®), is qualified to complete an FBA and/or an FA to further evaluate and pinpoint the function and environmental factors that may be maintaining the problem behaviour. The FBA and FA include all components of the Behaviour Assessment above, as well as more detailed and direct measurement of problem behaviour. In addition, replacement skills may need to be identified during the assessment for subsequent teaching or instruction during the intervention phase.