Applied Behaviour Analysis & Intensive Behavioural Intervention
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ABA and IBI Therapy is an individualized service. Fees will depend on the type and frequency of services. Please click here for more information about funding options.
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What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a treatment method that has been clinically proven to help children learn new skills. It is based on the belief that when behaviour is rewarded it is more likely to be repeated, and behaviour that is not rewarded, is less likely to occur. In ABA programs, skills are broken down into their simplest components and taught in a step-by-step progression. ABA can be useful in a variety of forms in order to impact a child or adolescent’s behaviours in a positive and long-lasting way.
What is Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI)?
IBI or Intensive Behavioural Intervention is a specific type of teaching for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. IBI applies the principles of ABA in an intensive and highly structured setting, approximately 20-40 hours of therapy per week. A therapist works one-on-one with the child while working on a range of targeted skills. The goal of IBI is to increase learning and skill development by closely monitoring development and making adjustments to programs in order to promote significant change. For example, programs may target functional communication, social skills, matching and imitation skills, and self-care skills while simultaneously decreasing challenging behaviours.
Behaviour Consultation Services
Behavioural Consultation services work with children and their families to determine individual goals and implement evidence-based strategies to aid with a variety of behavioural challenges. These challenges may include, but are not limited to; difficulties with noncompliance, transitions, and activities of daily living such as hygiene routines, eating, and toileting. Behaviour consultation services begin with the family meeting a Behaviour Therapist to establish target goals for service. The Behaviour Therapist will then conduct an observation in the setting that the behaviours are occurring (e.g. school or home) to better understand the child and their individual needs. A feedback session will also take place to allow the therapist to meet with the family to review recommendations made, which are also presented through a formal report. In order to assist families with implementing recommendations, different options will be provided during the feedback such as: parent skills training sessions, one-on-one therapy sessions, and the development of visuals and resources.
ABA and IBI at Kids Clinic
Kids Clinic offers a unique approach to ABA and IBI Therapy, which allows us to address areas of development for children, adolescents, and adults. Our programs are uniquely designed to help individuals build on the skills necessary to allow them to live more independently and reach their full potential. Our team provides centre-based, home-based, and community-based therapy and work with families who are currently on the wait list to access services as well as families who choose the Direct Funding Option (DFO). Families can also choose to pay privately for services.
The ABA and IBI programs are administered by members of our highly trained and experienced therapy team. The team include: a Senior Therapist, Behaviour Therapist, and Instructor Therapists who are overseen by a DFO approved Psychologist. Our team members have undergone police and employment screenings and intensive theoretical and practical training.
Our therapists collaborate with out-of-centre allied professionals involved in the care and development of the client. The aim is to collaborate with professionals involved in an individual’s life to provide continuity of care and overall program success (e.g., Speech-Language Pathologists, Educational Assistants, Occupational Therapist, Teachers, etc.)
Who can benefit from ABA, IBI or Behaviour Consultation?
IBI-based therapy is a specific and essential type of teaching for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
ABA-based services and Behaviour Consultation is beneficial for children or youth with or without a diagnosis. Our services can be appropriate for children with, but not limited to, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Down Syndrome, Learning Disorders/Intellectual Disorders, Brain Injuries, Developmental Delays, and Tourette's Disorder.
How can your child benefit from ABA?
Common goals that are targeted in ABA or IBI programming include the following:
• Receptive & Expressive Language: requesting for objects, identifying objects in their
environment, or reading written words
• Cognitive Skills: matching skills, identifying the colour, shape or function of objects,
completing various puzzles or block designs
• Play & Social Skills: the ability to read common social cues, how to engage peers in
conversation, or understanding the use of body language
• Pre-Academic & Academic Skills: reading a book, writing their name, number sense and
• Toileting Skills: steps of toileting skills including pulling clothing down, sitting on the
toilet, and completing all steps when using the washroom
• Imitation Skills: programs that may be used can teach a child to imitate physical actions,
language and/or social skills
• Attention Skills: staying seated during instruction, attending to the instructor and
maintaining eye contact
• School Readiness Skills: transitions, following a classroom routine or group instruction,
or increasing on-task behaviours
• Gross & Fine Motor Skills: motor skills can be taught through play or interaction with
toys (ring stackers, shape sorters, play dough), holding a writing utensil, cutting, pasting
• Self-Help Skills: dressing, bathing, brushing teeth
• Transition Skills: moving from one activity to the next, moving from one location to the next (home to school or home to an outing)
• Compliance: following through when a child is requested to do something or to follow
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Located within the medical building on the N.E. corner of Salem and Rossland Rd.
* Please see below Dr. Khattak’s statement in response to the province’s recent announcement regarding changes to the Ontario Autism Program.
"As a Behavioural Paediatrician, who diagnoses children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other exceptionalities, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) treatment is often recommended to parent(s) or guardian(s). IBI provides intensive therapy to children to address the deficits of an ASD disorder, to promote skill building and to decrease challenging behaviours. As research demonstrates, children of all ages can benefit from IBI treatment. Whether these services are accessed through provincially funded programs or through private therapy, it is crucial that children have access to these services, regardless of the child’s age.
At Kid’s Clinic many children are assessed and diagnosed with ASD at 5 years of age. It is my concern that under the new Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS) Ontario Autism Program guidelines, these children will no longer have access to publicly funded IBI treatment- a treatment that can provide vital and life-altering results."
~ Sohail Khattak MD., FRCP (C)