EARLY INTENSIVE BEHAVIORAL
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)
is based on the principles of Applied
Behavior Analysis (ABA) and follows these processes:
• Assessment of each child's current skills and
• Skill development is encouraged through positive
• Strategies and teaching methods are determined by the characteristics
and needs of each child
• Regular observation, measurement and monitoring to update the
interventions as required
• Parents are trained to apply the intervention at home
• Supervision by fully qualified professionals with extensive experience
in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
As with other behavioral interventions, EIBI is
most effective when used intensively. A typical intervention will
run for a minimum of 30 hours per week, and last for two to three
years before the child turns six.
What does the research say?
The most comprehensive study to date found that
47% of the children receiving EIBI were able to successfully enter
regular schools. Roughly 40% displayed substantial improvements
but did need ongoing support. Around 10% had little improvement
and needed ongoing intensive intervention (Lovaas, 1987; McEachin,
Smith, & Lovaas 1993).
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