St. Gerard House offers a variety of evaluations for those trying to understand more about their childs specific skills and areas of improvement. Below is a list of each of these evaluations with a short description of each. If you are interested in any of these, please call our office to schedule an appointment.


Needs Assessment
Often the first step in the planning process of intervention.  It involves questionnaires, interviews, and direct observations of behavior(s) of concern. Individuals, family members, and teachers are included in the accumulation of accurate information needed to determine appropriate recommendations for skill deficits and interfering behaviors exhibited by the person of interest.


Ecological Assessment
A protocol of assessment that examines the complex interrelationships between an individual’s behavior and his many environments.  It involves the collection of data and assessing behavior of the person of interest across multiple settings and people (e.g., home, school, community).


Functional Behavior Assessment
A systematic assessment system that obtains information for the explanation (function) of why a person demonstrates problematic behavior.  Results of the assessment are used to guide the design of a behavior-specific intervention used for decreasing problematic behaviors and increasing appropriate replacement behaviors.


Formal Functional Skills Assesment
Criterion-referenced behavior assessments such as the ABLLS (Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills) and the VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program) are used to identify areas targeted in individual intervention programs and to guide IEP/ IFSP goals.  In addition, various social skills and adaptive inventories are available to specifically identify social those that should be targeted for treatment.