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?
Each child will have a team that consists of a Clinical Supervisor, Senior Therapist, and at least one ABA Therapist.
- The Clinical Supervisor will be in charge of overseeing all programming and clinical decision making. They will determine appropriate assessment tools, work with parents to develop goals and a schedule that will most benefit their child, review and contribute to all reports and programs, monitor progress, assist with parent/therapist training and inter-professional collaboration.
- The Senior Therapist is also responsible for conducting assessments, preparing reports and programs/materials, monitoring progress, training parents and therapists, assisting with inter-professional collaboration (all under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor). They may also be available to work 1:1 with the child.
- The ABA Therapist will be the one to come work 1:1 with your child. They will conduct 1:1 therapy sessions, graph data, assist with completing assessments, and communicate progress with parents and the Senior Therapist.
How much does therapy cost?
The total cost of therapy depends on the number of hours of therapy/week. You may be asked to pay a fixed hourly rate for service, or individual charge out rates.
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.