Best Practices: Ensuring Quality Intervention
It is important to ensure your child is receiving high quality intervention. The following are best practices for implementing autism services and treatments:
- Development of an individualized plan of intervention based on a curriculum that emphasizes six basic skill domains:
- social/play skills
- emotional/self regulation
- motor/sensory functioning
- independence/life skills
- Intensive, direct one-to-one intervention at home, in pre-school programs and in a variety of community settings on a year round basis.
- High levels of predictability and routine.
- Highly supportive, structured teaching methods, based on the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA), that incorporate a variety of strategies to help your child acquire, generalize, and maintain new skills.
- Use of functional assessment and positive behavioural support techniques to address problem behaviours.
- Collaboration between behaviour consultants a.d therapists such as speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.
- Interaction with typical children in preschool or day-care settings.
- Family involvement in development, implementation and review of intervention plans and receive training in order to help their child progress.
- Trained and adequately supervised staff.
- Regular, ongoing monitoring of the child’s progress by parents and professionals, and periodic re-assessment and evaluation of the program.