Owen and Ben's Journey Through Autism

Owen and Ben's Journey Through Autism

Friday, April 9, 2010

First rough day at IBI for Owen..But really.. who likes being told No?! lol

Poor kid... He had a rough day.. and believe me, there will be lots more. I dropped him off this morning with my mother in-law, she wanted to see where he goes.. it was nice. Owen was in a great mood this morning, and he left with no issue. We then went to pick him up at noon, and the poor kid comes out, and I could tell his eyes were red from crying and he was not happy.. I knew this was going to happen.

When I dropped him off, I knew the therapist today was a hard-ass.. compared to the other ones, she made him get his bag and carry it away.. ooo gosh..I think this was the first day this week that I got teary... I knew this was going to be a rough day for him. I have to say its funny, I agree with the attitude this therapist is taking, as when I am at work with our adult clients.. I am the same... I am hard... but being on the other side, its a very different feeling.. so while I know this is good for him and he will be stronger and learn more from it, it still tugs at my heart at his momma.

Even though he had a rough day, he did do very well with stacking and sorting different items, and he also went to the table by himself and got ready to have his snack, which is so great for independence. We got into the van, and came home.. poor Owen passed right out when we got home.. he was worn out!

I thought to end this day, I will post a little article I found entitled, "What is IBI"..I hope you enjoy and see a little but of what 4 times a week, 2 hours a day, that our little man goes through.

oxox

What is IBI?

IBI uses Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques to improve behaviour associated with impairments in the areas of socialization and communication skills. ABA techniques are based on principles of behavioural psychology. According to this approach, behaviour and learning are influenced by events in the environment. The environmental situation that precedes the behaviour contains cues that initiate the behaviour. Once the behaviour has occurred, positive consequences that follow the behaviour will increase the likelihood the behaviour will occur again, while negative consequences will reduce the likelihood of the behaviour recurring. In some cases, it can be quite difficult to understand what the initiating cues of behaviour might be, or how a particular set of consequences could be perceived as positive. Instructors trained in IBI are able to analyze these causal chains, devise an approach to increase the frequency of adaptive behaviours, and reduce the frequency of dysfunctional behaviour. This involves breaking down specific behaviours into small learnable components and then teaching the desired behaviours components using positive reinforcement. Every response is recorded and evaluated. This allows for adjustments to the teaching process when desired outcomes are not achieved. As a result, each IBI program is individually designed and very labour intensive.

IBI in the school

Research has shown that autistic children who develop some language and communicative skills before school age have a better prognosis than those who do not. As a result there is a strong push to develop these skills as soon as possible. It wasn’t until the 1960s that researchers were able to teach speech to autistic children using systematic, carefully programmed interactions. Since then, research has continued to show that autistic children can learn a great deal with appropriate instruction.

Though pre-school children have access to IBI programs or variations based on ABA techniques through provincially funded programs in Ontario, these programs are not readily available once they enter school. There are many reasons for this. One of the main reasons is the cost. IBI programs can cost up to $50,000 per year per child. This is because these programs demand up to 40 hours of intensive programming per week with a well-trained instructor under close clinical supervision. As well, IBI programs don’t work for all autistic children, and good indicators to identify who would benefit from them have not been developed.

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