Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)

Improve communication, social skills, play and daily living and reduce challenging behaviors.

What is Intensive Behavioural Intervention?

Intensive behavioral intervention is based on the theory that it is possible to teach skills in a methodical way to promote new and appropriate behavior in children.

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. This therapy promotes learning, skill development, and behavior change by breaking down tasks into smaller, easier-to-learn steps. As children learn each step, they are praised and rewarded. Challenging behaviors are analyzed to identify the antecedents and consequences that affect them and to implement effective interventions to decrease them.

Children in this service learn new skills using a variety of teaching techniques. Programs can also use daily interactions as learning opportunities for children. Children have many opportunities to practice their new skills (Natural Environmental Teaching and Incidental Teaching). As they learn skills, other skills are added to their programs. Over time, the skills combine into complex behavior, such as having conversations, playing cooperatively with others, or learning by observing others.

Who is this service addressed for?

Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) is used with children with significant developmental delays (hypothesis or diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Intellectual Disability).

What goals are aimed by this service?

Early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) is used to help children learn:

  • Imitation skills
  • Better focus better, even in the presence of distractions
  • Improve their understanding and use of language (use of alternative communication tools)
  • Develop play skills and social interaction
  • Increase their functional autonomy in daily tasks (toilet training, dressing, etc.)
  • Practice gross and fine motor skills
  • Prepare for Kindergarten by learning appropriate integration behaviors and emotional self-regulation skills

The therapists are trained in intensive behavioral intervention, and obtain support from the psychoeducator in setting up the intervention program. Continuous training takes place throughout the year to update knowledge.

Therapists offer their service at home, in the clinic or in daycare, depending on the needs of the child. The therapists all have a certification in first aid, updated every 3 years and a background check, when the therapy is done in daycare.

Supervision with the psychoeducator is scheduled every 3-4 weeks to assess the child’s progress, revise the program and support therapists in the application of teaching techniques.

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