Comprehensive ABA interventions aim to produce changes in specific skills that impact global measures of functioning. This includes IQ, adaptive skills and social function in children with autism. This category of treatment is continued for an extended period and is home- or center-based. Some skills targeted by comprehensive ABA interventions include:
- Language and communication
This “whole child” approach to treatment allows children to make gains across a variety of developmental domains. Children make progress in comprehensive ABA intervention by teaching skills in small lessons through explicit directions and positive reinforcement. A comprehensive intervention plan may be long-term and occur in multiple settings. When used as therapy for young children, these types of interventions are often referred to as “early intensive behavioral interventions” (EIBI).