Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) is a type of therapy for autism delivered by applying the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) in a specific intensive format. At ABA Toronto, we first conduct an initial assessment of each client in order to understand the specific issues and barriers facing the client and client’s family/caregivers. Once a client’s needs have been determined, he or she begins receiving IBI therapy. Our Intensive Behavioural Interventionists work with clients in one-on-one therapy sessions that focus on developing general learning skills, as well as addressing areas specific to each individual client’s needs and circumstances. The IBI therapy that each of our clients receive continues to grow and adapt as they acquire new skills, and progress is discussed with the family and/or caregivers on a regular basis.
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI).
Children on this program receive 20-40 hours/week of intervention, often in a 1:1 or small group format.
Our individualized programs provide curriculum across all developmental areas of need, making sure that we teach all the necessary skills for successful skill development. Skill areas can include but not limited to:
- Learning how to learn
- Learning via observation of others
- Language and communication skills
- Social skills (from basic to advanced)
- Play & leisure skills
- Conversational skills
- Imagination and creativity
- Sibling interaction and other family relationships
- Cognitive/ academic skills
- Motor skills
- School/Pre-school readiness behaviours
- Emotional awareness and regulation
- Self-help skills including dressing, eating, toileting
- Community living skills
- Organizational skills
- Self-awareness and self-evaluation
- Perspective taking
- Safety (in environment & with others)
- Generalization of these skills across people, materials and environments
There are many misconceptions about ABA. Some people believe that ABA is rigid or unsuitable for certain children. These misconceptions often come from a lack of understanding about the approach. We know that contemporary ABA is an extremely dynamic, child-friendly educational approach which can lead to tremendous outcomes for the children who participate.