What is autism spectrum disorder?
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One in 100 Canadians has autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the most prevalent developmental disabilities.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects the development of the brain in social interactions and communication skills.
ASD manifests itself in different ways - the spectrum runs from mild to severe. According to Autism Ontario, it can result in repeated body movements, unusual responses to people, attachments to objects or resistance to changes in routine.
On the severe end, it can also mean aggressive or self-injurious behavior.
Autism Ontario estimates that 100,000 people have ASD in the province.
What is intensive behavioral intervention?
Intensive behavioral intervention is a therapy for autistic children aimed at connecting them to their world.
Typically done in one-on-one or small group settings, children work with therapists to learn both words and their use - to ask for things, to
verbally interact with the people and things around them.
The treatment is typically most effective between the ages of three and five.
According to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, IBI funding reached $115.8 million in 2011-2012. Across the province, 1,417 children are receiving the service, while 1,702 are currently on the wait list for Funding.