Implementation starts with a comprehensive assessment in collaboration with family insurance or private pay. In addition to standardized measures, a family interview will help guide the evaluation. Results of this assessment guide the type of intervention as well as frequency and goals. The majority of our clients receive OT and/or ABA in the home setting, though services may also be provided in a private school or daycare setting. When provided in home, a caretaker must be home for the duration of the treatment session.
BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL SKILLS
The foundation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is to improve an individual’s functioning by teaching and reinforcing appropriate skills. ABA as well as any other behavior intervention is provided in a 1:1 model by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with the client. Natural activities such as play, games, and conversations are used to promote social skills and address areas of concern. Caregivers are encouraged to observe and participate when possible. Services are intended to be temporary, with parent training as the focus of the intervention. In this way, a short term investment can have lifelong benefits.
BPBOT has aligned with Dr. Michelle Garcia to implement PEERS, starting in 2020. More information will be available as the COVID situation allows. Presently, groups targeting adolescent social skills are being arranged and will be delivered via telehealth.
The ultimate goal of an OT is to discover what “occupies” one’s time and use that towards rehabilitation. It is the job of an OT to discover meaningful activities in order to tailor intervention. In other words, we get to find out what makes a child tick in order to help him/her achieve goals. Most children love to play, but not all play in a way that is acceptable to the general public. Once a child has buy-in, treatment sessions are more fun and essentially more effective. OT seeks to use motivating themes in order to improve motor functioning, independence in self care, social interactions, and overall coordination. It is also important to address sensory processing and tailor intervention to address any sensitivities as needed. While sensory strategies are included in most treatment plans, some children present with more serious dysfunctions in sensory integration requiring specific techniques in conjunction with addressing motor development.