Autism Early Intervention?
Research has demonstrated that the most effective treatment to improve outcomes (i.e., adaptive behaviors, communication skills, and cognitive abilities) for children with ASD is through comprehensive and intensive early intervention programs (Maglione, Gans, Das, Timbie, & Kasari, 2012).
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) is an evidence-based approach to effectively improve deficits such as language, adaptive functioning, and other developmental domains for children with autism (Gould, Dixon, Najdowski, Smith, & Tarbox, 2011). At FAC, we provide comprehensive assessments in order to determine specific targets for each child. Our team of certified professionals then create specific treatment plans breaking down each skill area into their simplest components so they may be taught and reinforced to mastery by our trained therapists. From basic verbal skills, listener responding, motor skills, to more complex targets such as social skills or toilet training, we work hard to make sure each and every child has the tools necessary to gain independence and grow. We also provide parent training on the principles of applied behavior analysis and on individualized training procedures as they relate to the client and their family’s needs.
Early intervention services aim to bridge the gap between a child’s current functioning and that of their same age peers. FAC offers early intervention services for children up to the age of six.
Current research encourages parents to obtain at least 25 hours of intervention per week across multiple years for their child in order to see the greatest gains (Maglione et al., 2012).
Some children have been able to participate in regular education classrooms with little or no additional support following two or more years of early, intensive ABA services.