Does My Child Qualify for EIBI?

As the name implies, early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) involves spending a significant amount of time teaching appropriate behaviors to young children. This type of applied behavioral analysis — or ABA therapy — focuses specifically on children under age 5. But why? And when does a child qualify?

Our team of ABA experts at Scottsdale Children’s Institute relies on behavioral science to help raise happy, healthy children. If your child has autism spectrum disorder, here’s when to consider early intensive behavioral intervention.

Why early intensive behavioral intervention matters

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes a complex developmental condition with challenges in communication, social interactions, and behavior. Symptoms can vary, but it’s common for children with autism to exhibit behavioral problems, such as:

These behaviors often occur for very specific reasons. For example, a child may: 

Early intensive behavioral intervention works to increase appropriate behaviors while decreasing unwanted ones at the same time. 

How early intensive behavioral intervention works

Early intensive behavioral intervention relies on evidence-based methods and structure to create a positive environment based on each child’s unique skills and needs. This systematic approach helps to increase a child’s functional skills and behaviors in crucial areas, including:

Early intensive behavioral intervention can help children of all ages. However, it provides the best results in very young children, while the brain is still developing. At this stage, teaching or changing specific behaviors can be much easier. In fact, studies show that EIBI is most effective when intervention starts as early as possible, ideally before age 5, and lasts 2-3 years.

When to consider early intensive behavioral intervention

We offer EIBI for children ages 2-6. The program typically involves 20-40 hours of weekly one-on-one sessions with one of our experts. At the same time, we provide additional instruction to parents and caregivers, so you can confidently apply EIBI techniques at home.

Every child is different, so we determine whether your child can benefit from EIBI by performing a comprehensive assessment to evaluate their strengths and challenges. Then, we make personalized recommendations based on our findings. 

If your child qualifies for EIBI, we create a personalized strategy to help them learn more positive behaviors. And, to measure their progress, we provide ongoing assessments and continue increasing the complexity of their tasks as they gain new skills. 

Results can vary from child to child, but research shows that EIBI can help advance development for many children and reduce their need for special services later in life.

To learn more about EIBI, book an appointment online or over the phone with Scottsdale Children’s Institute today.

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