EIBI: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention

EIBI: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention:

At OAI we specialize in providing early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) to young children with autism spectrum disorders. EIBI treats the whole child, addressing deficits in language, self-help, social, community, and other skills. High quality EIBI also constantly incorporates effective strategies to prevent, reduce, and eliminate behavior problems in every moment of a child’s treatment, as well as the rest of the day. This type of ABA has been examined in many peer-reviewed scientific studies. These studies found that a significant number of children who were treated with EIBI were able to eventually live full, independent lives, without the need for any special services. Children who respond this well are said to have reached “best-outcome” status. Another very large number of children made significant gains in IQ, language skills, adaptive skills such as toileting and showering, and were able to learn much more independently than other children with an ASD diagnosis who did not receive high quality EIBI.

EARLY means treatment starts at a very young age (18 months to 6 years). The brains of very young children develop at a much faster rate than those of older children and adults. This allows them to learn at a very fast pace. Research shows that the infants and children that started high quality EIBI at younger ages made greater gains in less time than children who started at older ages.

INTENSIVE refers to the amount of time that the child is actively provided treatment. We are there to make sure your child is learning all day, every day. Research specifies 25-40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year, for 2-3 years, as the amount needed to be most likely to achieve best-outcome status.

BEHAVIORAL means that treatment works by using the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA is the study of all human behavior, not just the behaviors of children with autism. Learning is a behavior that can be increased with ABA. The principles of ABA show how all humans learn, including people without disabilities. It is important that children with ASD are given the skills they need to learn in the same ways that other children learn as much as possible.