Individual & Family Services

Comprehensive Skills Assessment

BISTA uses a criterion referenced assessment and skills tracking system for individuals with autism and other developmental delays. It is designed to assess a variety of domains to identify current skills and deficit skills of individual clients. Assessment areas include social skills, language and communication skills, self-help skills, academic skills, motor skills, executive functioning skills, and independent play skills.

Information for a comprehensive ABA program is gathered through direct testing and observation, parent and teacher interviews, and records review. The BISTA Center assesses clients using a variety of assessment tools including the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R), Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS), Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), and the Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS).

Social Groups

The BISTA Center also offers weekly social skills groups where both clients and typical peers work on various social skills. Social Groups take place after school throughout the year.
In addition, summer camps and social groups are provided throughout the summer for 8 weeks during June and July.

Social skills targets include:
• Greetings and body orientation 

• Understanding the importance of expectations and rules 

• Making and maintaining friendships 

• Functional Communication Training (communication before acting out) 

• Understanding and identifying deception and cheating 

• Eye contact during conversation and body orientation 

• Conversational skills (appropriate body language, exchanges, and exiting) 

• Sharing and taking turns with others 

• Perspective taking
• Understanding cause and effect (anticipating consequences of one’s actions) 

• Communicating feelings and assertiveness 

• Social problem solving 

• Reading and responding correctly to facial cues and body language 

• Giving/receiving compliments 

• Dealing with putdowns/teasing 

• Learning to calm down & manage behaviors appropriately 

• Seeking help when needed in social situations 

• Understanding when to move on or find a new friend 

• Critical thinking, abstract reasoning, & inferential thinking 

• How to better comply with limits set 

• Understanding non-verbal cues from others and groups of others 

• How to follow rules for groups, classroom activities, and sports 

• Basic sports skills, good sportsmanship, cooperation, teamwork


Severe & Challenging Behavior Assessment

Our severe and challenging behavior assessment is typically a functional behavior assessment that may include functional and structural analyses. The primary goal of the assessment is to determine the reason a particular behavior(s) is taking place and then reduce or eliminate using scientifically proven intervention strategies, including those rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis. A severe and challenging behavior assessment can be performed in the home, clinic or school setting.