Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) / Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
At Reaching Beyond Autism we implement student specific Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) programs based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Each program is designed to meet the child’s specific needs and incorporates numerous ABA principles such as reinforcement, prompting, task analysis, shaping and chaining.
What Do We Teach?
Our Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) programs involve teaching skills from a variety of different developmental domains such as receptive and expressive language, visual performance, imitation skills, self-help skills, play and social skills. Depending on the child’s age and abilities their program may also include teaching skills in the areas of reading, writing and math as well as improving conversational skills and more complex social skills. Specific assessments are conducted to determine a child’s strengths as well as the areas in need of development. The results of these assessments help guide what skills we teach a child. Just as important are the goals parents have for their child. Parents are encouraged to share their desires and goals and this helps to guide a child’s Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) program.
Classroom Readiness Program:
The “Classroom Readiness Program” has been designed to help strengthen many of the skills children with autism struggle with in a classroom setting. Several times a week several of our clients join together where we focus on participation in group activities, both academic and play, as well as strengthening skills with independent work.
Skills we target include;
- Raising his/her hand and attending to the teacher
- Sitting appropriately in a group setting
- Presenting to the group (eg. Show & Tell)
- Increasing functional play with peers
- Turn taking while playing games
- Group game activities
- Conversation skills with peers
- Following a classroom schedule
- Following verbal instructions (eg. to go line up)
- Transitioning to and from different activities
The “Classroom Readiness Program” is a very structured learning environment that systematically targets important skills required in a classroom setting. New activities are introduced regularly to maintain student interest and enthusiasm. We implement individualized reinforcement systems and prompting strategies for each student to maximize their learning potential. The learning environment includes several different stations including; the classroom, a play/carpet area, a computer station, a library and a gym.
Direct Funding Option (DFO)
The Ministry of Child and Youth Services provides funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) for children with autism. For families who have chosen the Direct Funding Option (DFO), we work closely with Psychologists and regional providers to meet the requirements for funding eligibility.
Where Do Clients Receive Service?
Reaching Beyond Autism offers services throughout Durham Region, Ontario. We have clients who receive their Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) at our centre location, while others receive IBI in their homes and/or daycare. Every family is different and has different needs. We work with parents to help determine the best fit for their family. We also run a “Classroom Readiness Program” where clients can join together to practice many of the skills required in a classroom environment. See “Classroom Readiness Program” for more details.
Reducing Challenging Behaviour
Understandably, a main concern for parents if often regarding their child’s challenging behaviours. The reasons why challenging behaviours occur vary from child to child and can at times be very complex. It is important to first identify the reasons the behaviours are occurring. The strategies can then be determined and implemented. Our clinical staff writes very specific behaviour protocols for the children based on each child’s specific needs. Our clinical staff carefully monitors the implementation of the protocols and frequently review the data to confirm gains are being made.
We also offer consultation to families who are interested in learning some behavioural strategies to help address their child’s needs or are interested in receiving parent training in a particular area or with regard to a particular goal.