Programmes

INTENSIVE (Barcelona and province)

  • The intensive service is offered only when the family is prepared to follow the process of steadily increasing hours, up to 35-40 per week, depending on clinical criteria. The treatment starts in the home setting normally with an average of 20-24 hours per week (divided into 11 sessions per week) and continues to build, depending on how the child adapts to the new way of working, up to 35-40 hours per week with the same number of sessions as at the start.
  • The clinical team is made up of between two and four people with higher education qualifications, who are employed by the Planeta Imaginario Foundation and participate in continuous internal training. All members of the team are trained in the Lovaas method. The team of educational specialists is supervised by a clinical consultant who carries out observations at the child’s home during the educational sessions (between two and four per month depending on the clinical phase).
  • Supervision: weekly clinical sessions lasting between three and four hours are held in the child’s home with the participation of the child’s entire clinical team and the parents attending for the last hour. The Clinical Director carries out observations at the child’s home once every six months and whenever the parents think it necessary, subject to other commitments.

 

SEMI-INTENSIVE (Barcelona and province)

  • The semi-intensive service includes 20 hours a week of individualized treatment in the family setting divided into five four-hour sessions from Monday to Friday, always with the same timetable (a morning or an afternoon timetable depending on the team’s availability and the family’s preferences). The increase in the number of hours unfolds in a similar way to the intensive programme, in other words starting with two-hour sessions and gradually building up in line with the child’s ability to learn for longer.
  • The clinical team is made up of two people with higher education qualifications, who are employed by the Planeta Imaginario Foundation and participate in continuous internal training. Both members of the team are trained in the Lovaas method. The team of educational specialists is supervised by a clinical supervisor who carries out observations at the child’s home during the educational sessions (between two and four per month, depending on the clinical phase).
  • Supervision: fortnightly clinical sessions of between three and four hours are carried out in the child’s home with the participation of the child’s entire clinical team and the parents attending for the last hour. The Clinical Director carries out observations at the child’s home once every six months and whenever the parents think it necessary, subject to other commitments.

 

CLINICAL EVALUATIONS

Two evaluations are carried out for the intensive and semi-intensive programmes:

  • 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 intervention package both for intensive as well as semi-intensive treatment.
  • Annual Standardized Evaluation. Different standardized tests are administered depending on the age of the child. The tests that are used give different approximations of the levels of development in accordance with the various standardized areas.

The evaluation takes place at the Foundation before and during the intervention. A report is drawn up which is discussed with the parents at a meeting with the case supervisor, the team coordinator and the Clinical Director.

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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Consultancy Service

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.

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