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.


Stage One

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.


Stage Two

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.

NDIS Funding

To ensure families can access this highly successful program, Inclusive Directions has ensured the program is recognised under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Early intervention programs available elsewhere are expensive, ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 or more. The Inclusive Directions Flinders Early Intervention Program costs approximately $16,000 and may be fully funded by the government under the NDIS.

This includes in-home support and visits from Inclusive Directions including in regional areas.

It works like this:

  • The NDIA will work with the participant/family to help them develop the plan and determine funding under NDIS legislation and guidelines.
  • When a participant/family chooses a provider with approved generic quotes, such as Inclusive Directions for example, the NDIA will explain the generic quote process and enter the funding level, as per the corresponding generic quote, into the plan.
  • The provider and family then work together to develop a service plan within the quoted amount so that individual goals and strategies to meet those goals are discussed and agreed upon.