Many parents and caregivers struggle to know what to do to help their pre-school, school-aged and adult child (with autism) in daily living. Many adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder need guidance in managing independent living. In order to determine the best course of action, assessments are necessary to help establish clearly defined goals.
Assessments conducted will be determined in consultation with parents, guardians or with the adult client and are based on client-centered needs. A comprehensive parent, guardian or client interview is the first step in determining the direction of assessment needs. Following the interview process, an assessment plan will be formulated and initiated. Tamara Rogers has many years of personal experience with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Sensory Processing Assessments and utilizing concepts from the Floortime model of interacting with children on the Autism Spectrum. An holistic and individualized approach is used with every family to determine the best fit for each child.
Assessments may include any of the following:
1) Sensory Assessment – sensory issues are now deemed part of the ASD diagnostic criteria thereby demonstrating the importance of sensory processing and its impact in daily living for each individual
2) Behavioral Assessment – addressing challenging behaviors that families face
3) Functional Assessment of Daily Living Skills (self-care, productivity or leisure)- providing assessment and programming of functional tasks such as eating, feeding, sleeping, dressing, toiletting, bathing, play skills etc.
4) Social Skills Assessment – determining ways to facilitate social engagement in each child
5) Independent Living Skills Assessment – for adults with ASD who benefit from further independence in every day living skills (money management, transportation, grocery shopping, social and relationship skills, job preparation etc.)
6) For Veterans Affairs Canada, Occupational Therapy assessments may include: self-care, productivity, leisure, power mobility, cognitive and mental health assessments.
7) General Mental Health and Functioning – cognitive assessments and functional assessments are available for adults with general mental health concerns or formal diagnoses