Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Therapies

Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) is a set of principles and practicies that utilizes methodologies derived from principles of behaviour that are subsequently applied to improve socially significant behaviour. Experimentation is also utilized to ascertain variable factors responsible for an improvement in behaviour (Cooper, J., Heron, T., & Heward, W. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis (2 ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education).

TIPES provides individual Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy through a team approach consisting of an Educational consultant, Senior Therapist and Instructor therapists. A psychologist is available to provide individual assessments. Children are initially assessed using The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (Revised) (ABLLS-R) in order to develop a program that is unique to their needs. The child is guided towards success through positive reinforcement and motivation. ABA is offered as both full day and half-day programs to children between the ages of 2-10.

Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) is the application of ABA principles in an intense, one-on-one setting. Methods of teaching are individualized for your child. IBI incorporates data analysis and records are kept of your child’s progress so that informed evaluation may occur at frequent intervals. IBI is done on a one-to-one basis with trained professionals.

Research shows that ABA should be used intensively between the ages of 2-6, therefore, it is recommended that children participate in ABA/IBI as often as possible during these formative years. In later years, as the children transition into school, ABA programming is still available to focus on skills that the children need to learn, for examples, self-help skills, life skills, social skills and/or academic skills.