How Children with Challenges Communicating are Assessed

When it comes to Aurora applied behavior analysis, you will often find that a focus is placed on building skills in areas like communication for various reasons. The first reason relates to the fact that learning and acquiring language is considered a learned behavior, also called verbal behavior. The principles of applied behavior analysis can be used to teach many components of communication.

Secondly, based on the DSM-V, a core symptom of autism in both adults and children is difficulty engaging in effective communication. It is not uncommon for individuals with autism to have challenges that include language delay. This can lead to further challenges when it comes to social awareness, communicating, and understanding others.

One of the most common methods for assessing communication challenges in children is the VB-MAPP, or the verbal behavior milestones assessment and placement program. This particular assessment takes the concept of communication and then breaks it down into sixteen different areas of language development. These areas are all displayed by children from infancy to the age of four when learning and acquiring language skills.

The areas that are included are vocal output or expressive language, listening skills or receptive language, social play, visual matching skills, and independent plan. In addition to that, the assessment will look at a child’s language and learn barriers and determine what may be inhibiting further development of language. From there, it can be determined that skills might help a child learn these things but in a safe environment. Depending on the child being assessed, it may take anywhere from two to ten hours to complete this assessment.

An advantage of the VB-MAPP is that it is capable of being combined with other assessments, such as self-care assessments. This can help to build an effective and balanced Aurora applied behavior analysis program for a child or even an adult.

Cornerstone Autism Services offers many types of programming and therapy for individuals of all ages who have autism. Applied behavior analysis is one of the most successful programs available. The therapists at Cornerstone are qualified and trained to provide assessments, write treatment plans, and help parents be involved in a child’s treatment.

If you are curious to learn more about applied behavior analysis, or have questions about our services, you can reach us by phone at 855-855-2712. We can offer you a free consultation with one of our experienced behavior analysts.

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