What is EIBI?
It is indisputable that the earlier we can identify autism and intervene, the more likely a child is to lead and independent and meaningful life. Early intensive behavioural intervention (EIBI) is an approach based on decades of research, used to help children with autism and related conditions, overcome learning and behavioural barriers.
EIBI is based upon the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and teaches children crucial skills such as:
• Language and communication
• Play skills
• Independence with activities of daily living
• Cognitive & Academic Skills
• Social skills
How Does Early Intervention Work?
An EIBI programme is usually implemented by a team of trained therapists who are supervised regularly by a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) The BCBA will:
• Provide an assessment of the child’s skills and development.
• Identify areas of strength and areas requiring support.
• Develop and individualised intervention plan to identified skill areas.
• Provide clinical oversight and supervision of the child’s programme and therapy team.
The BCBA and therapy team work collaboratively with the child’s family. Skills are scaffolded by breaking each skill down into small, manageable steps. Effective teaching procedures are used to teach the skills and maximise the child’s motivation to learn. As the child progresses, the complexity of the skills is increased. There is a large focus on the generalisation of skills to ensure that the child can use the skills they learn in everyday life, across many different situations.
EIBI is most successful for children under the age of five. To see the best possible results, a high intensity programme of 20-40 hours per week (based on the needs of the child) is required. More recent research suggests starting EIBI as early as two years of age leads to the largest improvements in skill development.
EIBI consists of a combination of structured and unstructured teaching. Some skills are learnt more effectively in a structured learning environment, with the child seated at the table, whilst other skills are taught more effectively through play and social interaction set up by the therapist. Usually a combination of both is required to ensure the success of an EIBI programme. Teaching skills using EIBI often consists of a clear instruction or cue, helping the child to respond, the child’s response and feedback to the child based on their response. A therapist may also use procedures such as video modelling.
At First Bridge Centre, we support children and families who suspect or have received a recent diagnosis of autism.
What is Our Process at First Bridge Centre for EIBI?
1. Connect with us via our website to discuss your concerns and how we can support you and your child.
2. Complete an intake form.
3. Our Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) will come to your home and assess your child.
4. The BCBA will complete a report which details your child’s strengths, needs and learning goals. The report will also include recommendations about the number of therapy hours your child should receive per week.
5. Once you are happy to commence services, your child will be paired with therapy team to commence services.
6. Regular meetings will be held with you and the team to discuss your child’s progress and review their learning goals.
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are currently offering 1:1 outreach therapy programmes at home. Once our centre is up and running, therapy services will take place at the centre.