Children with autism need professional, individualized support to meet their potential and live without barriers. Our ABA/IBI programs help kids improve communication and develop learning skills that help them overcome everyday challenges.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically validated approach to understand the relationship between behaviour and the environment. Behavioural Therapists use ABA to design treatments or “interventions” for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. They use scientific methods of description, quantification, and analysis to understand behaviour and improve skills. The focus is on improving quality of life, especially in a social context. ABA principles are used to enhance communication, self-help and independence, play and leisure, social skills, and more.
Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) is a therapeutic treatment that uses the principles, methods, and techniques of ABA. It is a scientifically proven method for treating children with autism.
As the name suggests, IBI is an intensive approach to treatment, ranging from 20 to 40 hours per week. This immersive approach, together with a high-quality program design, increases the rate at which children with autism learn.
IBI programs teach complex skills and behaviours by breaking these down into small, incremental steps. Treatment plans and programs are designed according to the strengths and needs of each client. These programs are then implemented by highly trained IBI therapists, using one-on-one instruction. The use of reinforcement and gentle prompting promotes increased success, acquisition of new skills, and the retention of previously acquired knowledge. Therapists continuously record, closely monitor, and analyze progress, to adapt the treatment as needed.
At AIM, we’re proud to be clinically supervised by Dr. James Porter, a provincially-renowned child psychologist in the autism field.