The Early Intervention Service provides clinic-based, applied behaviour analytic early intervention services to children 6 years old and under with autism and related developmental delays (although we do not require a formal diagnosis to receive services). Our service is led by BACB-qualified Clinic Coordinators and is staffed by postgraduate and undergraduate students who are studying behaviour analysis at the University of South Wales. Children receive individualised, evidence-based, one-to-one applied behaviour analytic therapy (ABA) in a fun, energetic, and nurturing the environment.
ABA therapy involves identifying the skills that your child needs to learn (e.g., language, social skills, self-help skills) and then designing an individual curriculum to teach those skills. We will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your child’s current skills. We will then design an individual teaching curriculum that targets specific skills. Teaching sessions occur in a one-to-one or two-to-one (two therapists per child) and involve helping the child engage in the skills so that they can learn that those skills lead to reinforcement. As skills develop, the curriculum is reviewed and more skills are added.
We can arrange therapy for your child up to 15 hours per week, depending on available space. We recommend that children attend for the maximum number of hours per week that your personal situation will allow, as research shows that the more hours of behaviour analytic therapy, the more skills that children can acquire. However, we also realise that the number of hours children are able to attend the clinic varies across families. Clinic staff will work with you to determine the number of hours that are best suited to your personal situation.
The Early Intervention Service is now registered with Care Inspectorate Wales and as such meets all required standards for a nursery provision as set out by the Welsh Government. You can view our CIW inspection report here.
To inquire about services for your child, e-mail Dr Emily Groves at the email address below.