Research supports intensive intervention, anywhere from 25 to 40 hours per week for 12 months a year for at least 2 years, depending on the individual's needs and responsiveness to interventions. This is a lot to fit in, and children do get tired. Thus, it is important to make decisions about the intensity, timing and frequency of therapy based on the child's capacity. Ideally, therapy is equally spaced throughout the week (., at least one session per day), and the day. Sessions are typically provided in 2-3 hours blocks, with 10-15 minute breaks every hour. Highly structured lessons typically are delivered for about half the time allotted, with the other half the time dedicated to teaching in the natural environment - systematically reinforcing and generalizing skills taught in the structured setting.
However, without a strong behavioral foundation it is extremely difficult to teach critical skills such as communication, social and play skills. Of course, it takes hard work on everyone’s part. Skilled professionals conducting effective intervention, schools providing appropriate education and well-trained teachers, and parents providing love and support to become experts in their own right, are all important players in the partnership. Our intervention approach applies sound teaching principles of learning to help children succeed. Improvement is simply not enough. Our children, their brothers, sisters and parents deserve the highest quality of life.