Due to changes to services for children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, the Reach Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program has been adapted.
Government news release regarding changes:: BC government press release: Autism service changes Sept 09
Reach ABA Program for Children with Autism
The Reach ABA program is for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in Delta, Surrey, Langley and other areas of the Lower Mainland of B.C. It is a skill-building program that uses Applied Behavioural Analysis principles to teach young children with autism the functional skills they need.
An individualized behaviour plan of intervention, covering all child development domains, will be developed by a Behaviour Consultant.
Services include consultation and training from a Behaviour Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist. Teams include trained and supervised Behaviour Interventionists (BIs). Families hire their BIs to implement the intervention program.
The Reach ABA Program is a highly structured intervention program that uses teaching methods such as:
Discrete Trial Training (DTT)which incorporates error-less learning, prompting, and reinforcement.
Natural Teaching Strategies (NTS) used to ensure children acquire new skills in natural contexts. NTS is based on the child's interests and incorporates choices, reinforcing materials and reinforcing consequences.
Children's progress is monitored and updated at monthly team meetings. Behaviour Interventionists receive ongoing support and supervision to ensure programs are implemented appropriately.
All Behaviour Consultants, Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists are listed on the Registry Of Autism Service Providers (RASP)
The Reach ABA Program offers 3 options for families with children with autism under the age of 6:
Option 1 - Centre-Based ABA Program. Children receive 40 hours of one-to-one intervention each month at a Reach centre, and an interdisciplinary team consisting of a Behaviour Consultant, a Speech-Language Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, an Associate Behaviour Consultant and a Behaviour Interventionist. All program materials are provided.
Option 2 - Home-Based ABA Program. Children receive 30 hours of one-to-one intervention each month in their own home, and a team consisting of a Behaviour Consultant, an Associate Behaviour Consultant, and a Behaviour Interventionist. All program materials are provided.
The Reach ABA Program also offers service for children with autism over the age of 6 :
Services include consultation and training from a Behaviour Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Occupational Therapist. Families hire their a BIs to implement the intervention program.
“How can I say ’thank you’ enough! Eva and her team were always professional and guiding us weekly. We all learned to work together, overcome obstacles….all to benefit [our daughter]… I would highly recommend the EIBI program for any family raising an autistic/special needs child. I’ll miss you all and thank you for helping me to grow also!”
- Parent of child receiving EIBI