Is there a difference between ABA and IBI?
No, there is no difference. The term 'Intensive Behavioural Intervention' or 'IBI' is simply referring to applying principles of ABA in an intensive setting (20+ hours/week).
How do I choose between home-based and centre-based therapy?
Every learner is different, and there are pros and cons to both. Home-based therapy allows the learner to practice skills in their natural environment. It allows parents to be more involved, which helps with the generalization and maintenance of skills. It also gives the therapists the flexibility to go out into the community. Centre-based therapy is great for learners who require full-day therapy sessions, or who benefit from being around other children with similar skills.
How can you practice social skills in a home-based program?
Community outings are great for practicing social skills with typically developing peers. Your local library, Early Years Centre, or YMCA will have many drop-in programs that therapists can attend with the learner.
Who will be a part of my child's therapy team?
A psychologist may be required to supervise the team if government funding is being used. If not, a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) will supervise. They will be in charge of creating programs, monitoring progress, and training parents and therapists. A senior therapist may be involved as well. They might be in the process of completing or recently completed their Master’s degree. They can work 1:1 with your child, as well as help with program preparation and staff training. An instructor therapist is the person who will be working 1:1 with your child. They may have received on-the-job training, completed a college-level Autism and Behaviour Sciences program, or received their Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certification.
How much does therapy cost?
The total cost of therapy depends on the number of hours of therapy/week. If you receive service from a company/agency, you will likely be asked to pay a fixed rate for service. From that amount, all team members are paid from that lump sum. If you work with a private provider who works with independent contractors, you may be required to pay each team member individually. Rates can vary depending on the individual’s experience and credentials.
How many hours of therapy per week does my child need?
Some learners make amazing gains with just a few hours of therapy per week. Others require more intensive therapy. A minimum of 5-10 hours/week is recommended. If you have government funding, you may be able to increase hours to 20-30 hours/week.
How do I know if I qualify for government funding?
You can contact your local single point of access for the new Ontario Autism Program to get more information about funding options.
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have about service, ABA, or funding options.