FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS ABA THE SAME AS IBI?
IBI is not ABA . In the same way that language is not communication. IBI draws on the specific techniques of ABA . ABA is a science that studies environmental events that change behaviour using procedures that are analyzed empirically. IBI is a complex intervention methodology used mainly for teaching young children.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A JUNIOR AND SENIOR THERAPIST?
The role might be slightly different in each organization. A senior therapist is responsible for developing programs for each child in the organization. The senior's train's junior staff members, families, supervisors, assign roles and monitor any changes and progress that takes place. A junior staff implements the programs set-up by the senior staff.
DO I NEED A FORMAL DIAGNOSIS TO GET IBI THERAPY?
A formal diagnosis is recommended in order to make sure an organization can program efficiently for your child. A formal diagnosis is not necessary to receive help.
HOW DO I GET FUNDING FOR MY CHILD?
The government has set up funding for children with ASD; unfortunately the waiting list is extremely long. Families who want to be put on the waiting list can find more information on the Ministry website for the OAP Program.
WILL MY CHILD HAVE TO STOP THERAPY AFTER THEY TURN SIX?
NO, many children who are in school still receive IBI therapy. C.A.R.E helps its families integrate their children within the school environment by attending IEP, IPRC meetings and to make regular observations when permitted by the school. We also continue to use many of the principles the child has learned in the intensive teaching programs to help break down school work and school routines for the children.
HOW DO I BREAK SOME OF THE RECURRING PATTERNS MY CHILD EXHIBITS?
Having routine and structure is essential for many children even those without ASD. It only becomes problematic when the child exhibits inappropriate behaviors when the routine is changed or refuses to move on. If you take the same route to school everyday try changing it once in a while, go through the back door to get into the house rather than always using the front door.
HOW LONG DO THE TANTRUMS AND INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS LAST WHEN A BEHAVIOR STRATEGY IS IN PLACE?
It depends on the intervention. For any intervention to really work you need to be consistent. An extinction burst will occur when you try to extinct inappropriate behaviors. In other words it will get worse before it gets better. If you are persistent you should see a reduction in the undesired behaviour and increase of the desired behaviour. Try to be patient.
MY THERAPIST IS GREAT, AND SHE/HE IS SO GOOD WITH MY SON, CAN I ASK HIM/HER TO BABY-SIT WHEN WE GO OUT.
The therapists that work with your child are professionals, they are here to provide therapy and teach your child under specific policies. Although, they may be great with your child, babysitting for you is against our policies and creates a different role for our therapists - one that is not part of the services we offer. If you are looking for assistance of this nature, we can instruct you on how to locate respite services designed to help you in that manner.