All individuals are required to receive an assessment through AxIS before services will begin. Some exceptions are made depending on AxIS recommendation and funding source requirements.
A BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) or Qualified Assessor will conduct the assessment. The assessor will complete one or more of the following activities. These activities are based on the individuals need. They may include:
- Initial Call: Give us a call and speak with an office staff member about your interest in the services. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and to get you started on the path to services.
- Assessment Packet: Many insurance companies and AxIS programs require the individual or family to fill out paperwork which may include: demographic information, individual preferences, observations of the individual’s skills, release of information, etc. The Assessment Packet may also ask for a diagnosis report from a physician, past assessments, Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or other records of importance.
- Initial Assessment Meeting: This meeting could either occur in the AxIS office or in the individuals home. The goal of this meeting is to learn more about the individual’s needs and family priorities. These meetings tend to be 30 – 90 minutes in length.
- Formal Assessment Completion: Many individuals will be assessed using a formal assessment tool. This may require additional interview conversations to complete the assessment.
- In-Home Observation: The assessor may want to observe the individual during daily home life. These observations tend to be 60 – 120 minutes in length.
- Natural Setting Observation: These observations may occur at school, at a park, on a play date, or in another community setting. The goal of this observation is to gain insight on skills and behaviors outside of the home. The setting will be discussed based on the individuals need.
- Additional observation: At times an assessor may want to do an additional observation in the home or in a natural setting in order to complete the assessment.
- Assessment Review Meeting: At this meeting, the assessor will review the assessment and describe the recommended services for the individual. This can be a face-to-face meeting or completed over the phone.