3141 Anas Bin Malik Al Malqa Dist. Unit No. 20 Riyadh, 13521 – 8292

Intervention 1

Intervention Services

Intervention is derived and guided by the principles of the science of behaviour, named Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Thus, the following core characteristics of ABA will be recognised throughout:

  1. An objective assessment and analysis of the individual’s condition by observing how the environment affects his/her behaviour, as evidenced through appropriate data collection;
  2. Importance given to understanding the context of the behaviour and the behaviour’s value to the individual, the family, and the community;
  3. Utilization of the principles and procedures of ABA such that the individual’s health, independence, and quality of life are improved; and
  4. Consistent, ongoing, objective assessment and data analysis to inform clinical decision-making.

At present, ABA services to families throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are provided in a form of outreach programs. These programs are mainly the Home- (Community)-Based and School-Based Programs, where the child receives intervention at his/her natural environment. Significantly, parents, caregivers and teachers can all participate in the treatment sessions. More specifically, the following steps will mainly be followed in ALL programmes:

  1. Initial Consultation with the parents using the specialised Initial Screening Forms and other relevant documents (e.g., reports, IEPs, assessments, etc.).
  2. Implementation of a formal Assessment such as the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), the Assessment of Basic Language and learning Skills (ABLLS) assessment, the Vineland III etc.
  3. Design, development, establishment and management of home-based ABA programmes tailored to the individual needs of each child and his/her family. Adopting the Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers published by The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP), our programmes have been structured as A] Focused ABA Intervention and B] Comprehensive ABA Intervention:

A] Focused ABA Intervention Programme:

Focused ABA Intervention is provided directly to the individual for a few behavioural targets. These targets may concern either increasing an appropriate behaviour (e.g., language skills) or decreasing a problematic behaviour (e.g., tantrums) as the primary target. Candidates for such a programme are not restricted by age, or cognitive level, or any co-occurring conditions.

Specifically, focused ABA plans are suitable for individuals who may present difficulties in a some of the following areas such as instruction-following, social communication skills, compliance with medical procedures, sleep routine, toilet-training, eating or other self-care skills, safety skills, academic skills or independent leisure/play skills, aggression, threats, pica, property destruction, stereotypic motor or vocal behaviour, non-compliance and disruptive behaviour, or any other dysfunctional social behaviour.

Focused ABA Intervention generally ranges from 10-25 hours per week of direct treatment (plus direct and indirect supervision and caregiver training). However, certain programmes for severe destructive behaviour may require more than 25 hours per week of direct therapy.

B] Comprehensive ABA Intervention Programme:

Comprehensive ABA Intervention refers to treatment of a more substantial number of behavioural targets, which concern difficulties of the individual across a variety of developmental domains, such as cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning. In most cases, problematic behaviours such as non-compliance, tantrums, or stereotypy are also present and hence, they become a significant part of the Comprehensive ABA Intervention Programmes. Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention is a typical example of such programmes, where the overall goal is to bring the level of functioning of the individual close to that of neurotypical peers. These programs tend to range from 25-40 hours of treatment per week (plus direct and indirect supervision and caregiver training).

Treatment often involves an intensity level of 25-40 hours of 1:1 direct treatment to the individual on a weekly basis. Additional parent/caregiver training or other required services (e.g., occupational therapy, speech and language therapy etc.) are provided on individual cases. The weekly hours - intensity of the programme - are monitored and are decreased based on the progress of each individual, until they are ready to be discharged.  Such number of hours of therapy is based on research findings regarding the intensity required to produce good outcomes. It is important to consider that any delay or unavoidable gaps in the treatment provision may result in the individual falling even further behind the developmental trajectories of a neurotypical peer. Unfortunately, any delays are likely to contribute to further costs and greater dependence on more intensive services across their life span.

  1. Implementation of programmes to be carried out by specialised ABA Therapists and/or trained parents at the child’s home.
  2. Ongoing monitoring and evaluating of treatment programmes, comprised of the following essential duties:
    1. Analysis of direct observational data on behavioural targets during treatment and follow-up to maximise and maintain progress towards treatment goals.
    2. Determining changes regarding the current function and future value and importance of behaviours targeted for treatment, based on findings from the assessment, re-assessments and ongoing inspection of the data collected.
    3. Frequent analysis and adjustments to the treatment plan based on child’s progress as determined by observations and objective data analysis. Such an approach will involve, at least, the following:
          1. Updating treatment target on weekly / monthly basis and
          2. Updating entire programmes every 6 – 8 weeks.
  3. Ongoing supervision of ABA Therapists/Parents/Caregivers/Teachers, who will be implementing the ABA programmes.

Please contact us here for further details about different costs. Either programme will include: 

  • Daily therapy provision by specialised and trained ABA therapists.
  • Weekly supervision to ABA therapists, including parents training in ABA techniques and principles.
  • Individualised and on-going therapists training to address the specific needs of each child.
  • On-going progress reports once a month.
  • Assessments by speech and language therapist and occupational therapist, and implementation of their suggestions in the ABA programme, if required.
  • For children who are attending school, the therapists will be shadowing them in school and then continue at home, if necessary.

Importantly, the fees will be regularly reviewed and adapted according to the needs of each child for continuing ABA Intervention Services.

Intervention 2

Mission Statement

To bring science into everyday practice with an ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of life of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. This is achieved because we provide high standard, individualised educational services and therapy programmes focused on Verbal Behaviour.