Behaviour Intervention (BI) Sessions
What do the sessions look like?
BI therapy sessions include the following components that shift in relative weight in response to your child’s learning needs:
- Play that follows the child’s interest. This portion of the intervention focuses on the core challenges among those living with Autism Spectrum Disorders: increasing social engagement, reciprocal interactions, self-initiated requesting, generalizing of skills, flexible problem solving and social referencing. The key is to identify the naturally occurring motivation and using that motivation to reinforce the targeted skills.
- Semi-structured teaching: Teaching is done in the context of a fun, adult-directed play activity that targets language skills, cognitive skills, motor skills, academic skills, etc. For example, if a child is interested in dinosaurs and your target is identifying big or little, you could have the child feed a dinosaur either the big item or the little item.
- Structured Teaching: Discrete trial teaching (an ABA teaching method) is used to teach language skills, cognitive skills and academic skills. For example, if you are teaching nouns, you could show a target item to the child and ask “What is it?”. Motivation is maintained through frequent positive reinforcement and high levels of success.
- Natural Environment Teaching: ABA methods are applied in everyday routines and settings such as snack time, self-help routines and outings. Every moment is a learning moment!
Where do sessions occur?
Most children will benefit from a combination of home-based and centre-based therapy sessions. Reach the Peak and parents collaborate to develop a plan that best suits your child’s learning needs.