MCC Specialized BHRS Program
Our Evaluation Process
A Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Evaluation (Psychological) will be conducted to assess the child’s history, presenting needs and determine the necessary level of care. Further assessment using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS) is also available when indicated by the evaluating psychologist or psychiatrist and authorized by the payor. The ADOS is considered a benchmark for excellence in diagnosing and assessing autism and it is useful in treatment planning and educational placement.
Recommendations from the initial evaluation often result in an authorization for a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and/or BSC support to start. Data obtained from the FBA can then be used to support the request for additional behavioral support.
A Functional Behavioral Assessment is necessary to determine the function of behaviors and is completed within the first 60 days of service. It includes a comprehensive review of the child’s history, presenting needs, interviews with caregivers, and observed behavior across multiple environments.
The treatment and crisis plan will be developed with the family from the FBA and when indicated, incorporate principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), which focuses on all systems in the child’s life (school, social, home etc) based on their specific needs.
ABA is a set of principles upon which educational and behavioral programs are based. Types of ABA programming include, but are not limited to:
- Discrete Trial Training (LOVAAS)
- Pivotal Response Training
- Verbal Behavior Approach
- Competent Learner Model
- Functional Communication Training
- Natural Environment Teaching
- Incidental Teaching