EARLY INTENSIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION (EIBI)

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) offers 20-35 hours per week of one-to-one ABA therapy for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Non-Intensive ABA services provide 10-20 per week of one-to-one ABA therapy.

ABA intervention is an empirically supported intervention that research has shown to make dramatic gains in the lives of children with autism. Traditional ABA programs are exceptional at teaching static or rote skills. The Autism and Behavior Center integrates Applied Behavior Analysis with Developmental and Cognitive Theories to provide a comprehensive treatment approach in order to teach skills and remediate more complex social emotional and behavioral deficits with the goal of ensuring generalization of learned skills.

In the EIBI Model, staff provide direct services to the child in a systematic manner. Sessions are typically provided in the family home and clinic and are generally two to three hours in duration. Each session is designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Applied Behavior Analysis is used to address behavior and teach social, language, cognitive, and self help skills.

What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. 

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years.

Information obtained from Autism Speaks website located here:
http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism