For this type of programme the Foundation does not provide its own personnel; rather it trains external personnel for whom the family are responsible both contractually and in terms of remuneration.

INITIAL WORKSHOP

The intervention is begun at the child´s home with a session known as the initial workshop, which lasts 16 hours divided over two consecutive days, with a slight variation as set out below:

  • Day1 - Morning: observation of current work with the child’s educational specialists and functional assessment of the child using::
      • LIFE Curriculum Assessment (mentioned previously).
      • ELAP-R: Early Learning Accomplishment Profile-Review (mentioned previously)

These tests enable us to evaluate if there is delay and to what extent and to programme the design of the skills necessary to reduce these months of delay; and on the basis of this assessment specific targets are set which are reviewed after six months.

  • Day1 - Afternoon: if it has been possible to conclude the assessment, the next step is to draw up a plan of the skills to be worked on and address the behaviours that may prove challenging (if there are any), the training of the educational specialists regarding the targets set with the parents, as well as guidance for the parents and whoever else may need it (school teachers, babysitters, family members etc.)
  • Day 2: Work continues along the same lines as in the afternoon of Day 1.

The initial workshop is attended by the Clinical Director and the supervisor in charge of the case.

 

FOLLOW-UP SUPERVISION

  • Monthly supervision of eight hours a month (one day of work). Includes:
      • Review of procedures.
      • Design of new skills.
      • Tackling aspects of behaviour.
      • Training of the team.
      • Advice for the parents and school.
      • Meeting with parents at the end of the workshop.
      • Written report on the guidelines to be followed.
      • Weekly monitoring between workshops by telephone, email or video.

 

  • Monthly supervision of 16 hours a month (two consecutive days of work). Includes:
      • Review of procedures.
      • Design of new skills.
      • Tackling aspects of behaviour.
      • Training of the team.
      • Advice for the parents and school.
      • Meeting with parents at the end of the workshop.
      • Written report on the guidelines to be followed.
      • Weekly monitoring between workshops by telephone, email or video.
      • There is no restriction to the consultation, to the time of the consultation or the format (video, email, telephone etc.).

 

  • Fortnightly Supervision of eight hours each (16 hours of work divided between two working days - 8 + 8). Includes:
      • Review of procedures.
      • Design of new skills.
      • Tackling aspects of behaviour.
      • Training of the team.
      • Advice for the parents and school.
      • Meeting with parents at the end of the workshop.
      • Written report on the guidelines to be followed.
      • Weekly monitoring between workshops by telephone, email or video.
      • There is no restriction to the consultation, to the time of the consultation or the format (video, email, telephone etc.).

CLINICAL EVALUATION

In the implementation of consultative programmes the following evaluation is made:

Six-monthly Functional Evaluation.

This procedure is undertaken every six months to evaluate the targets established and the design for the next six months. A range of non-standardized tests devised by the Lovaas programme are used.

  • LIFE Curriculum Assessment. A non-standardized test based on 862 items that track the development of the child’s skills every six months.
  • ELAP-R: Early Learning Accomplishment Profile-Review. This test tells us how many months of development the child has in seven basic areas: gross and fine motor movement, pre-writing, cognition, comprehension and language, self-help and socialization.
  • The cost of the six-monthly evaluation is included in the Consultancy Service package.

The Clinical Director usually attends this evaluation to give the family information about development and to give a global overview of the work in the presence of the supervisor and the educational specialists employed by the family.

If the family requests it and it does give rise to any clinical difficulties, the decision may be taken for the Clinical Director not to attend in order to optimize resources, in which case the supervisor will report on the attainment of targets.

National Consultancy

The Foundation has a presence in the following towns and cities:

Badalona, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cabrera, Cádiz, Castellón, Castro Urdiales, Cornellà, Esplugues, Granollers, Eïvissa, Lliçà d'Amunt, Madrid, Málaga, Mallorca, Manresa, Matadepera, Reus, Roses, Sant Cugat, Sant Quirze V., Terrassa, Tortosa, Valencia, Vila Nova, Vilafranca P., Zaragoza.

International Consultancy

The Foundation has a presence in the following countries:

Andorra, Argentina, Spain and Italy.

Lovaas Institute

Instituto Lovaas

Assessment

The Initial Functional Assessment enables the Foundation’s team to get to know the child in depth and the child to become familiar with the personnel and the method.

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