Providing Early Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis to Northern California and Vermont
What to Expect
A child’s journey with autism and/or developmental delays is full of uncertainty and unique challenges; families need to partner with a trusted provider for key treatments and support. As part of our belief of respectful family care, we listen and honor the family perspectives. Whenever possible, we incorporate family knowledge, values, and beliefs into our planning and delivery system. AAI encourages and supports families to participate and share in the decision making process.
At the same time, the family must recognize their role in the intervention process. It is essential for the family to recognize that for their child to meet maximum potential, their commitment for follow-through is required. During the team meetings, strategies are discussed with the family, and generally they will include family training as well as practicing the intervention during and outside of the scheduled sessions.
You were referred to AAI either by a department for family services, Regional Center, NKHS, your insurance provider, or you simply found us along the way. Chances are you have a child diagnosed with autism or is presenting some form of a developmental delay. For us to help, we will need to conduct an assessment. The assessment process is utilized to define an individual’s need(s) and helps us form our recommendations for intervention.
The assessment process takes time. Why? Because we want to make sure that we are thorough, and that we have collected enough data to help develop an effective intervention plan.
Often, following the assessment, service hours and goals are recommended. Service hours can range from 1 hour a month to 40 hours a week, depending on the team's recommendation.
Once agreed, AAI will provide your family with a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). The RBT will work directly with you and your child. You'll observe the RBT implementing intervention strategies, playing with your son or daughter, and often teaching learning-to-learn skills (e.g.; self help and functional communication) at the table. All RBTs are assigned a supervisory staff that will make scheduled visits to your home to see how things are coming along.
Generally, added to any plan is parent training. It is highly recommended that you participate in the training and continue implementing the intervention strategies while we are not at your home or you are away from the clinic. This helps transfer instruction from us to you and supports generalization.
This all takes time, and we will be around to help you along the way. You can expect us to communicate regularly with you, present you with progress updates, and encourage you and your family to continue participating in the intervention.
Every six months we will sit together as a team to review progress, adjust goals and service hours as needed. In some cases all services may be discontinued due to your child's progress.
Lastly, it is important to us that you know AAI respects the fact that we will be in your home regularly or at least a part of your family life. We uphold a strong moral code regarding each family's life style, profession, privacy, and cultural background.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.