Our Intervention Approach
The intervention programme was developed by Dr O. Ivar Lovaas through more than 40 years of scientific research conducted at University of California, in Los Angeles (UCLA). The programme utilises the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and comprises of specific teaching techniques developed through extensive research.
The teaching curriculum is entirely comprehensive, addressing all skill areas in deficit, including speech and language, communication, play and social skills, and self-help skills. Teaching is conducted in a systematic manner, breaking down tasks into manageable components. The intervention is structured so that positive, appropriate behaviours such as play, language and socialisation are maximised through prompting and positive reinforcement. Excessive inappropriate behaviours are reduced through redirection, and alternate more socially acceptable forms of behaviour are taught. Teaching is conducted primarily in the child's home, with gradual integration into mainstream school placements.
Through early intervention, a sizeable minority of children with autism, other pervasive developmental disorders and related developmental disorders have been able to achieve normal educational and intellectual functioning by seven years of age. These children have been mainstreamed into regular classrooms and have advanced successfully through the school system without additional assistance.
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