Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention is a therapy approach that is based on Applied Behaviour Analysis and includes The Lovaas Method. This approach aims to break down complex skills or behaviours into smaller components (little steps). These are then taught through repetitive instructions and rewards. The use of repetitive instruction and reward is known as Discrete Trial Training.

This intervention targets the following skills and behaviours:

Number of participation hours required each week

Under 20 20+
Notes: Best results usually achieved when EIBI therapy is undertaken for between 35 and 40 hours per week.

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +
Notes: Programs can cost $35,000 to $40,000 per year in some circumstances.

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
  • Can be beneficial for children with mild, moderate and severe symptoms of autism.
  • Relevant for all settings (home, school, community).
  • Strategies can be incorporated easily into daily interactions.
  • Parents can play an active role in EIBI programs. This can reduce therapy costs.
  • Very time intensive
  • Expensive
  • There may be perceived pressure on the family to incorporate strategies into every day living.