How does the Family Collaboration Model work?
PHASE 1: CONTACT FAMILY LIAISON & CONSULTATION
Our families’ first point of contact will be with Beth Hodgin. It is great to know the services we offer, but even better to understand that the person on the other end of the phone understands what you’re going through regardless of where you are in the process. Having a son with autism, now 25 years old, helps give perspective on many life events and benchmark decisions. This paired with her expertise on what CBS can provide in the way of intensive ABA home programming makes her a wonderful resource to families as they navigate finding the best fit provider for their child(ren). She can help to answer questions regarding ABA, parent perspectives and help decide if an in-home program is right for each family.
After talking with Beth, families are able to schedule a consultation to meet Beth and one of our BCBAs to discuss the CBS service package. This process is free of charge and is meant to help families decide if we are the right fit for their child.
PHASE 2: ASSESSMENT
The assessment process helps our staff get an initial idea of the child’s current levels of responding across multiple skill domains. Assessments typically take place at the farm and include an evaluation with at least one BCBA and usually one or more RBTs present. The time is spent conducting interviews, testing skills, and observing interactions between the child and family members. A treatment plan is then created based on the individual needs of the child and family.
PHASE 3: FAMILY TRAINING
We understand starting an intensive intervention in your home can be big change of pace so this is one of the many steps we take to ensure that everyone has opportunities to learn about the program in detail. After the assessment, families participate in an in-home half-day training to learn about the history of ABA, the research that has taken place over the last several decades, and ABA principles. This is another opportunity for families to ask questions and participate in the discussion to ensure everyone feels informed before the first day of therapy.
This training will be used to introduce the structure of the in-home program and discuss what things will look like for your child and family from day to day. Your program manager will introduce programs and data collection methods so when therapy beings everyone is on the same page. We encourage families to invite anyone that is in the child’s life to participate in the family training. Teachers, caregivers, and grandparents alike are all invited.
A separate component of family training will include a meeting to introduce policies, points of contact and scheduling information. She also is able to answer questions and bring her perspective as a parent who has experienced many of life’s milestones in raising her son with autism.
PHASE 4: FAMILY COLLABORATION
Once the family training is complete, the family collaboration model can begin! Each session, family members partner with their team members to implement the newly developed, individualized programs. Family and team members will learn and implement programs together until everyone is confident and consistent. Future family collaboration sessions will introduce how to generalize programs, collect data to better understand behavior and implement ABA concepts learned about in family training in real life scenarios. Sessions typically last 3 hours and occur 3 times per week until the child, family and team are all ready for the next phase of therapy.
PHASE 5: INTENSIVE 1:1 HOURS
After concepts and strategies gained during phase 4 are consistently implemented both in and outside of structured sessions, additional 1:1 hours will be added to your child’s weekly schedule. While a family member must be actively engaged for family collaboration sessions, 1:1 sessions can begin without family members present if desired. Research supports an increased probability for children to reach what is considered “optimal outcome” when family members act as co-therapists implementing ABA principles and programs in their daily lives. CBS utilizes this intensive research-based model to provide quality and comprehensive wrap-around services.