Services

At the Lovaas Foundation we are highly specialized in early and intensive intervention programmes for children within the autistic spectrum (AS).

In fact, the Lovaas Foundation was created to carry out a replica of the Lovaas/UCLA programmes for young children with autism in Spain.

This programme consists of a psychosocial intervention, enjoying ample scientific support in terms of its efficacy, with the goal of integrating the child into the school, family and social settings in the most inclusive and normal way possible.

PROTOCOL FOR MAKING AN APPOINTMENT

To arrange a first appointment and get the most out of your visit it is advisable to follow these steps:

  • Send the Foundation COPIES, NOT ORIGINALS of the diagnostic report or reports, as well as any other reports, whether they are from educational institutions, specialist stimulation centres or professionals who have worked with the child. It is also recommended that the parents send a personal evaluation focusing on the child’s skills and deficits, as well as any progress they have been able to observe to date.
  • Send the Foundation COPIES, NOT ORIGINALS of the diagnostic report or reports, as well as any other reports, whether they are from educational institutions, specialist stimulation centres or professionals who have worked with the child. It is also recommended that the parents send a personal evaluation focusing on the child’s skills and deficits, as well as any progress they have been able to observe to date.

The paperwork should be sent for the attention of Ester Calvo Cuscó by one of the following:

  • By post:
      • Fundación Planeta Imaginario, for the attention of Ester Calvo Cuscó
      • ESADE Creapolis. Avenida Torre Blanca, 57
      • 08172 Santa Cugat del Vallés
      • By Fax: 932 802 157
  • By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIRST APPOINTMENT

At the first visit, which lasts between three and four hours, a supervisor and the Clinical Director conduct an interview with the parents and a parallel behavioural observation of the child without administering standardized tests. A profile of the child’s skills is constructed in this observation using various tasks that measure performance in visual and auditory discrimination, play skills and behavioural elements such as tolerance/flexibility, self-stimulating behaviours and so on.

It is advisable for the family to bring with them, or leave with the clinical team carrying out the observation, some of the child’s favourite objects or toys so that there is a means of facilitating the work with the child and familiarization can take place more quickly.

The first appointment enables both the parents and the Lovaas Foundation to satisfy themselves that the child will be able to derive clinically significant benefit from following a one-to-one intensive behavioural intervention. The appointment concludes with the opportunity to clarify information regarding the treatment and resolve any doubts of the part of the parents.

Then, if both parties are in agreement, a date is fixed for starting the Initial Functional Assessment.

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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Programmes

We can administer two types of programme: Intensive and Semi-Intensive and in both cases two clinical assessments are carried out: one six-monthly and another annually.

 

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