What is a home program?

Intervention plans are developed and ABA implemented for a child targeting specific developmental areas (e.g., imitative skills, receptive and expressive language skills, fine motor skills, etc.) which are derived from an assessment of those areas. The program is then implemented or taught within the home of that child. An individual trained to carry out program goals is known as a Behaviour Interventionist (BI).

For children under the age of 6 a home program will typically range between 8 to 40 hours per week depending on the goals developed for a particular child (and family budget). Guided by a Program Manager (Behaviour Consultant), BIs will work with a child for a set amount of time per day and week teaching the skills required to attain the goals outlined in the child’s program. A BI will use various techniques and teaching methods, guided by the science of ABA. They will be taught techniques empirically proven to be effective and for which they are trained and supervised by senior staff that are experienced and skilled.

In addition, a BI will work with other team members to support the overall implementation of a child’s program. The direct service intervention team consists of a Program Manager who develops and monitors the entire program, (may include a Program Supervisor) and who supervises and trains BI’s, and BI’s who teach the specific skills to achieve the goals. A team meeting typically occurs once per month and includes the child’s parents, PM/PS, and BIs. During the team meeting goals are developed and programs reviewed. It is at the team meeting where goals, objectives, strategies and problem solving are discussed to ensure the success of the child and to identify any appropriate changes needed so the child progresses successfully.

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