Best Pals services
BEST PALS is set up to deliver their services in a "natural"
environment - meaning that all environments and learning events
will be utilized, as well as designing learning situations to meet
the child's and family's needs. Services are based in the home and in the community to address goals in the areas of social, behavioral, educational, sensory, parenting and life skills.
BEST PALS staff are trained and educated to recommend and teach
activities individually with the family or in a group setting, if
peer or social activity is a targeted goal. Depending on a child's
needs, and goals, the staff will set up a
necessary training ratio - usually one-to-one.
Parent training is essential to functional skills training and
parent involvement is an important and required element. Ongoing
participation in this service is always based on the parents ability
to show progress with goals enabling them to maintain and generalize
behaviors across environments.
Parents begin to work with their child as soon as they enter the
program. Parents may be trained in several areas depending on personal
needs and targeted objectives. New skills and behaviors are more
readily utilized, effectively generalized, and maintained over time
with parent education.
Perhaps the most important key to the success of the program is
the foundation of the team approach. This involves collaboration
of all agencies involved with the child and the family which
will then encourage a continuity of services, the maintenance of
desired outcomes beyond the completion of the program, and avoid
the duplication of targeted behaviors.
At the end of a child's time in the BEST PALS program, the following
criteria will have been met:
- Targeted behaviors are brought to developmentally appropriate
levels and are maintained.
- The child will demonstrate the ability to maintain the targeted
- Family/client chooses to discontinue services.
- Agency funding ceases.
- Repeated cancellation on the part of the family.
- Child is referred to another agency for continuation of services.
BEST PALS services are provided 12 months a year to ensure continuance
of care, respecting national and regional center observed holidays.
Service hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
with expanded hours determined on an individual basis. We may make
an after- hours appointment with a parent who cannot otherwise participate
directly. The actual weekly schedule for the services are designed
to meet the needs of the family and will vary accordingly, from
staff to staff and family to family.
We are excited to begin this program, and continue to work with
all of our families to extend the best and most appropriate services
to each child.