Initial Consultation

Nikki Condit (BCBA) and Rodrigo Pellet (Lic., BCBA)

The initial consultation is primarily about getting to know the child, their family and their environment as well as creating an initial therapy program. The most important "socially significant" subject areas are addressed by means of conversations and observations and prioritized together with the client and/or the family so that the focus of the intervention can be determined.

Afterwards, an initial developmental assessment of the prioritized relevant behavioural dimensions will be carried out in addition to an analysis of everyday behaviour.

Examples of developmentally relevant behavioural dimensions include, but are not limited to: the functions of language and communication, play and social behaviour, visual performance (logical perception of visual stimuli), maintenance and generalization skills, motor skills and academic skills (reading, writing and math skills).

Everyday behaviours focuses on family and other caregivers, eating habits, toiletting, personal hygiene, temper tantrums, stereotypical behaviour, aggressive reactions, and so on.

Based on the developmental assessment as well as the behavioural analysis, a first therapy program is created which describes intervention goals and measures and also includes a summary of the development assessment. The therapy program is constantly updated in all components. The initial consultation takes place in one day or in two half day sessions.