When your child is first diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can be quite overwhelming to navigate through all of the treatment options available for your child. When choosing treatments for your child, it is important that the treatment is evidence-based. This means that the treatment has proved to be effective for children with autism in several published, peer-reviewed studies. Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention is backed by a tremendous amount of research, which results in large gains in the development of children with autism.
Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) is programming based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and designed specifically for children with ASD. This program teaches skills to prepare your child for Kindergarten (e.g., listening skills, early academic skills, imitation skills, toilet training, play skills, etc.) in addition to working on enhancing communication skills and decreasing challenging behaviours that may interfere with learning and social development. It is called Intensive Behavioural Intervention because of the number of prescribed hours of intervention per week, which ranges from 20-40 hours.
Our IBI services are provided in home by a team of Instructor Therapists, a Senior Therapist, and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. All IBI programs are based on a skills-based assessment and functional behaviour assessment and then individualized to suit the needs of each child and family we support. The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R) and the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) are common assessment tools used to assess your child and develop programming.
Our IBI services follow the Autism Intervention Program Guidelines set out by the Ontario government and the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
Additional resources for parents with children who have autism:
- The Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides funding for those deemed eligible for IBI services. To access this funding, families must apply for IBI through their Regional Service Provider. The Regional Service Provider completes an assessment and determines eligibility. Once deemed eligible, parents can choose the Direct Funding Option to use their funding for the IBI services that we provide.
- A flowchart of the application and eligibility process to access government funded IBI
- A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism (National Autism Centre, 2011)
- Research summaries for psychological, educational, therapeutic and biomedical interventions (Association for Science in Autism Treatment)
- Ontario’s Intensive Behavioural Intervention Program Guidelines