The “Littles” Model

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) refers to the implementation of the principles of intensive Applied Behavior Analysis for the purpose of skill acquisition and behavior reduction.  EIBI is a type of ABA focused on young children, typically under the age of 5.


We use a combined approach of traditional EIBI, Pivotal Response Training (PRT) and the Early Start Denver Model depending on the individual needs of the child.  EIBI focuses on teaching language, communication, play and other functional skills.  Early goals tend to focus on attention, imitation, direction following and early play skills.   The main goals of treatment are to facilitate development of the children’s communication, play and other functional skills.

Early Intensive Behavioral goals tend to focus on the following:

Attending skills
Imitation skills
Receptive and language skills
Pre-academic skills
Self-help skills

Pivotal Response Training

Pivotal Response Training is a behavioral treatment for autism based on the principles of ABA.  PRT is play-based and child initiated.

The goals of this approach include:

The goals of this apprcoach include:

Development of communication and language skills

Increasing positive social behaviors

Relief from disruptive self-stimulatory behaviors

The PRT therapy targets “pivotal” areas of a child’s development instead of working on one specific behavior.

Specific Goals of PRT include:


Response to multiple cues


Initiation of social interactions

Motivation strategies are an important part of the PRT approach and emphasize the use of natural reinforcement.

Early Start Denver Model

ESDM is an intensive and evidence-based behavior therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  It is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  This program uses play to build positive and connected relationships.  Language, social skills and cognitive development are grown through joint activities and fun.  Active parent involvement is essential for the success of ESDM.  Research has shown that children exposed to ESDM show significant improvements in IQ, adaptive behavior and a decrease in autism symptoms.

SBSLG Team Members



Behavior Therapist

Clinical Supervisor/BCBA

Resource Consultant/RECE,RC

Psychologist/Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral

Who is this program for?

Children birth to 4 years of age

Children showing signs of a social communication challenge, an Autism Spectrum Disorder or who have a formal diagnosis of ASD

Consultative support is available for a family in Peel, Halton, Muskoka and Simcoe County

Service Includes:

Individual curriculum assessment

Individual Program Plan

Individual ESDM sessions in centre

In-home or centre-based parent ESDM sessions

Base Package

All packages include an Individual Program Plan based on a Behavioral Assessement

Location Cost per hour
Centre (1-1) 60
At Home 90      (travel cost included)

Clinical Supervisor



150     (add 40 for travel time)


225     (add 40 for travel time)

  • Centre 1-1 child hours (2 hours per week for 6 months – 48 sessions)
  • Parent sessions (1 hour per week for 6 months – 24 sessions)
  • Individualize your package:
    • add 1-hour blocks of service ($60.00 per hour)

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