WHAT IS THE BASS PROGRAM?
THE BASS PROGRAM PROVIDES INTENSIVE BEHAVIOUR CONSULTATION FOR FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE CHILD’S CHALLENGING BEHAVIOURS AND AREAS OF SKILL DEFICITS THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT, DEVELOPING A POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT PLAN, AND PROVIDING A RANGE OF SUPPORT, TRAINING AND CONSULTATION SERVICES. THE PROGRAM ALSO PROVIDES FAMILY COUNSELLING AND PARENT SUPPORT SERVICES.
THE FOCUS IS TO HELP THE CHILD OR YOUTH AND FAMILY:
- INCREASE THEIR NATURAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- REDUCE AND REPLACE CHALLENGING BEHAVIOURS
- IMPROVE FUNCTIONING IN THE HOME, SCHOOL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS
- IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION WITH EACH OTHER
WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?
- COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT, STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION
- INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY COUNSELLING
- PARENT SUPPORT AND EDUCATION
- SCHOOL-BASED LIAISON
- EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, AND INTERPERSONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT
- OBSERVATION AND FEEDBACK
- SUPPORT WITH INCREASING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN OUTREACH BASIS, ACROSS ALL ENVIRONMENTS, IN THE FAMILY HOME, SCHOOL, AND OTHER COMMUNITY SETTINGS.
HOW TO ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
THE BEHAVIOUR ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO:
Children or youth age 0-18 with a diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Mild, Moderate or Severe Intellectual Disability, Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions, or other special needs.
MCFD-CYSN-eligible children and youth diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum are eligible for services when it is determined that they are utilizing their autism funding for services, yet there remains a high need to address challenging behaviours and complex needs.
Children and youth eligible for CYSN services with the Ministry for Children and Family Development.
Referrals are only available through the child or youth’s MCFD-CYSN social worker.
The program serves eligible children and youth in the Central and South Okanagan regions.
HOW LONG DOES THE BASS PROGRAM WORK WITH FAMILIES?
Duration and frequency of service depends on the individual needs and goals of each family.
This service is time limited, with the goal of producing and implementing a positive behaviour support plan.
Service can be frequent and intensive, and may include observation, the gathering of data and information for the assessment, and integrated meetings with all relevant individuals involved in the young person’s life to implement the plan.
The care team of the young person will be able to implement and consistently follow the plan upon service completion.
There is also individualized follow-up available for the families and caregivers upon completion.
Candice Henriques, Program Director
250 763 2977 ext. 120