How long does it take to conduct an assessment for program planning?

The typical assessment is conducted over two to three sessions which are each about two hours long but this may vary based on the level of the child’s cooperation and present skills. During the first two sessions the Program Manager/Supervisor assesses child’s current skill level in the area of referencing, joint attention, language, basic learning skills, academic and motor abilities. Interview is conducted with parents and caregivers who can often provide information about the child’s self-help skills, preferences and strengths. Parents are encouraged to share their concerns and to identify their priorities regarding the objectives for intervention. When appropriate, caregivers will be asked when they would like the assessment of their child’s social skills. This assessment is conducted in the student’s preschool or school where the Program Manager/Supervisor observes how the child interacts with peers and follows group or individual instruction.

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