Early intervention programs can range from 25-40 hours per week depending on the child’s need. If the goal of an intensive and early intervention program is to close the gap between the child and typically developing peers, programs can range from 30-40 hours per week. Early intervention programs can increase language skills, play skills, social skills, academic skills, self-help skills and help to reduce problem behavior. Programs should be very “play based” and fun for the child.
Because each child is different, the specific curriculum for an intensive intervention program can very dramatically according to each child’s specific skill strengths and deficits. For example, one student could be working on things such as fine motor or gross motor imitation as well as developing a communication system through the use of vocals, ASL signs, or PECS and being taught through discrete trial format. Another student could be working on social skills or group responding skills to prepare the child for the classroom environment through more incidental teaching techniques and teaching in the natural environment. While each child’s curriculum and the way skills are taught may be different, it all still falls under the umbrella of Applied Behavior Analysis.