1. What assessments are used to guide ABA programming?
There should be a number of assessments available to families that will help identify areas of strength and need of the client. Be cautious of providers who rely on only one or two assessments regardless of client.
2. How are assessments chosen?
The assessment should be chosen based on the goals of the family and the learners profile. Be cautious of providers that have already selected an assessment prior to interacting with or observing your child.
3. When can I expect results of the assessment?
Results should be provided no more than 30-45 days after the start of service and parent communication should occur continually. Be cautious of providers who complete reports in a shorter or longer amount of time or who are not transparent of delays.
4. How will the results be provided to me?
Results should be summarized in a manner that allows for ease of interpretation, documentation and tracking. Be cautious of providers who do not provide an opportunity to review or discuss the results with the individual responsible for the assessment.
5. What are the assessments for?
Assessments should be used to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Be cautious of providers who are unable to identify why a particular assessment is being conducted or how the results will be used.
6. What does an assessment look like?
Assessments should consist of probing skills in a manner that isn’t intrusive or stressful for the client. It should be overseen by a qualified professional who is actively involved and primarily take place in the natural environment. Be cautious of providers who do not use antecedent or natural environments to probe skills or are not actively involved.
7. How often are assessments completed?
Assessments should be completed on a fixed time frame. Be cautious of providers who do not complete reassessments or complete assessments too often/not often enough.
8. Are there additional costs for the assessment?
Additional costs may be associated however these should be discussed prior to commencing. Be cautious or providers who can not provide an exact charge for their assessment.
9. What happens once the assessment is done?
Once an assessment is done the results should be provided to parents that outline a course of action. Be cautious or providers who do not created a treatment plan/programming once the assessment is complete.