University Autism Center
What is Intensive Behavioral Intervention?

Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) services provide long-term behavior services designed to teach children new skills and minimize or eliminate challenging behavior in the natural setting.  These services are individualized, developmentally based, and comprehensive.  An emphasis is placed on broad-based developmental and behavioral assessment, intervention planning, training, and follow-up care.  The strategies used within IBI are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and include natural environment teaching, principles of verbal behavior, and discrete trial teaching.

Providers make every effort to create a setting that maximizes the child’s successes and minimizes failures. To help accomplish this, we use errorless learning for skill acquisition, provide reinforcement for appropriate behaviors, intermix mastered skills with new skills, and simplify requests.  Motivation is key to successful IBI sessions and a strong emphasis is placed on developing effective reinforcers individualized to each child.  

Ideal Candidates for IBI Services
  • Are between the ages of 18 months and 10 years old
  • Have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorder, or developmental delay
  • Have significant delays or concerns in three or more of the following areas: language (speech, receptive language, or communication), social skills, emotional regulation, behavior, adaptive skills, play skills
Typical Services Provided
  • Broad Skills-Based Assessment: Natural environment observations; structured skills assessments; functional assessments for challenging behavior; and reports that include individualized recommendations, treatment plans, and objectives
  • Initial Training: For parents, caregivers, teachers, and specialists the implement the child’s intervention plan and appropriate strategies
  • Ongoing Follow-Up: Continued training, data analysis, and consultation to monitor and adjust intervention efforts

For additional information please contact (573) 986-4985 or


Phone: 573.986.4985
Fax: 573.986.4994
University Autism Center
611 North Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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