ABA Interventions

IBI vs. ABA Short Term Goals

An ABA-based intervention can address a broad range of skills and behaviours, or can target a specific skill that you want to increase for your child. Depending on your child’s needs, your resources, and the timeline you want to follow, you may choose an IBI-style intervention or an ABA short term goal. Both intervention techniques are based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, and both will be designed and implemented by Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). The difference lies in the duration and intensity of the intervention plan.

ABA is most effective for many children with ASD when delivered in a more intensive format but the BCBAs at Spectrum Solutions understand that not all families have the time and resources to dedicate to IBI intervention. We will work with you, using the most appropriate assessment methods to determine the most important and socially significant goal(s) for your child, and develop a custom ABA intervention plan to implement that best matches your child’s needs and your budget.

Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI)

Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) is the intensive application of ABA-based strategies to address multiple skills and behaviours at the same time, involving many therapy sessions a week. IBI has been shown to be the most effective treatment for children with Autism, and was designed to be implemented for a minimum of 25 hours per week in preschool aged children with ASD. Evidence shows that the earlier and more intensive the intervention, the better the developmental prognosis. The BCBAs at Spectrum Solutions will create a custom IBI intervention program for your child that will be implemented by a team of highly trained Behaviour Therapists in your home or in the Centre.

ABA Short Term Goals

ABA short term goals are intervention strategies that address a specific behaviour or set of skills in a less intensive manner over a shorter timeline. Typically this style of behaviour intervention involves one or two shorter therapy sessions per week for a few months at a time, in the format that ABA services were delivered prior to the changes in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). ABA short term interventions can address anything from developing healthy routines (i.e. bedtime, after school, moring), mastering a specific skill (i.e. toilet training, dressing, using an AAC device), or replacing a challenging behaviour (i.e. teaching to ask for a break instead of throwing a tantrum, or use a communication method instead of engaging in challenging behaviours to access attention or a desired item).