The purpose of a behavioral assessment is to identify the baseline level of a child's/student's skills. If an intervention program is warranted, the data from the assessment should provide important information for determining the instructional program, such as which skills need to be the focus for intervention; what level of the skill should the program begin with and barriers that need to be addressed to facilitate learning , for example, maladaptive behaviors. Through obtaining a representative of the child’s/ student's existing skills and identifying barriers to learning, the behavior consultant can develop specific intervention strategies to help overcome these problems, which can lead to more effective learning.
helps people with injuries or disabilities increase their independence and participate in daily routines through participation in therapeutic activities. A child has several “occupations”, including school, play, and taking care of daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, feeding, etc.
Occupational therapists work with children diagnosed with a variety of conditions, such as
cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and autism. In therapy, the OT works on a variety of skills, depending on the area of need.
Here is a list of difficulties that an occupational therapist might address.
· Poor fine-motor skills (grasping, cutting, shoe-tying, utensil use)
· Poor playground skills (fear of climbing, low muscle tone, core weakness)
· Visual Perceptual problems
· Poor handwriting skills
· Problems with eye-hand coordination
· Poor sensory processing
· Dependence with Daily living Skills (bathing, tooth-brushing, dressing, self-feeding)
often informally known as speech therapists, are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. SLPs assess speech, language, cognitive-communication, and oral/feeding/swallowing skills to identify types of communication problems (articulation; fluency; voice; receptive and expressive language disorders, etc.) and the best way to treat them.
Here is a list of difficulties a Speech and language pathologists might address:
. identify children's developmental speech and communication difficulties/disorders;
. assess and treat swallowing and communication difficulties arising from a variety of causes, e.g. congenital problems (such as cleft palate) or acquired disorders after a stroke or injury;
. devise, implement and revise relevant treatment programmes;
. advise carers on implementing treatment programmes and
. training other professionals in therapy delivery; assess communication environments.
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