Skip to main content

Lanark Community Programs

Part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services
Lanark Community Programs header logo

Autism - Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI)

Autism Letter to Parents Families and Caregivers - June 22 2017
Autism Letter to Parents Families and Caregivers - June 22 2017 French

Through our partnership with Pathways for Children and Youth, Kingston; we provide the Intensive Behaviour Intervention Program within the Lanark and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville for children who are under 5 years old.

Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) is a structured approach to breaking down the barriers that isolate children with autism from the world around them.

IBI professionals work with children with autism– either one-on-one or in small groups. They use systematic methods derived from principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis to promote development and change behaviour. Research has shown that IBI should be commenced early because very young children can gain the most from this approach.

Within our Autism Program there are two Clinical Supervisors/Family Support who provide guidance and leadership to a dedicated team of Instructor Therapists who bring with them diverse backgrounds of education and experience. Instructor Therapists provide intensive daily therapy in the child’s natural environment with the supervision and support of the Clinical Supervisors.

IBI is intensive. It typically involves a minimum of 20 hours of direct service per week. IBI is individual. Program goals are based on a thorough assessment of each child's unique strengths and needs. IBI is practical. The focus is on developing the skills each child needs for greater independence.

Children under 5 years old will be assessed to determine if they are eligible for IBI. Eligible children will receive waitlist services while waiting for IBI. Children in IBI receive individualized instruction in their natural setting and transition supports upon graduation. Family Support is also provided, coaching family members in the application of behaviour principles within the home, as well as connecting with other services.

Parents are critical to the success of IBI. Parent Training is provided to parents to assist their children in reaching their goals.

The Referral Process: With a Diagnosis of Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder and the child is under 5 years old

Families can refer directly to the program by completing both the Southeast Autism Services Referral and the Consent to Share Information Forms. Please also attach a diagnostic report and/or any assessment documentation that you have.

Call 1-844-855-8340 to access Southeast Autism Services.

All referrals received by Pathways for Children and Youth are reviewed for eligibility.

The Referral Process: Without a Diagnosis of Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder and the child is under 5 years old

Families who suspect autism/autism spectrum disorder in their child but do not have a diagnosis should proceed towards assessment by having their family physician make a referral requesting diagnostics for Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder to one of the following:

Once the diagnosis process has been completed you can then proceed with the steps noted in the “With A Diagnosis”.

Call 1-844-855-8340 to access Southeast Autism Services.

Click on the links below to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder