Flinders Early Intervention Program
Through Inclusive Directions, children living with autism and their families have direct access to one of South Australia’s few evidence-based early intervention programs in a welcoming and nurturing environment.
The evidence based Inclusive Directions Flinders Early Intervention Programis supported by the internationally-acclaimed manual, Structured Program for Early Childhood Therapists Working with Autism (SPECTRA).
Using Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (ABA) techniques, SPECTRA aims to achieve desirable and appropriate behaviours, and assists in the development of social, communicative and cognitive skills through:
- one-on-one interaction,
- concise and direct instructions,
- carefully formatted prompting for correct responses, and
- immediate reinforcement of correct responses.
A focus on positive reinforcement, rather than punishment, to increase the occurrence of improved behaviours is key to the outstanding success of this program.
Developed by world leading researchers at Flinders University, the Inclusive Directions Flinders Early Intervention Program provides a comprehensive 20-week program.
Commencing with two intensive weeks of behavioural intervention training using the Structured Program for Early Childhood Therapists working with Autism (SPECTRA) for each child and their family. Daily 3-hour therapy sessions address key behaviours and skills, and achieve the 15 hours of therapy each week recommended by leading research studies.
Parents develop skills within an incidental framework, where opportunities to teach the targeted behaviours are created within a structured, but fun, environment.
Families are trained as therapists so they can maintain what they have learnt when they return home. Support continues during fortnightly consultations for a further 18 weeks as you continue to incorporate the Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) techniques into your home routines.