Frequently Asked Questions
Applied Behavior Analysis
The recommended number of hours for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy can vary significantly depending on the individual needs of the client. It’s important to note that ABA therapy is highly individualized, and the intensity and duration of therapy should be determined based on a thorough assessment of each client’s unique needs and goals.
That being said, research suggests that early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI), which is a form of ABA therapy for young children with autism, is often conducted for 20-40 hours per week. The National Research Council (2001) recommends that young children with autism receive intensive ABA therapy for 25-40 hours per week. This recommendation is based on evidence suggesting that higher intensity of therapy is associated with more significant improvements in children with autism.
Eldevik et al. (2009) conducted a meta-analysis of early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) for young children with autism and found that children who received EIBI showed significant improvements in IQ, adaptive behavior, and autism symptoms compared to control groups. The studies included in this meta-analysis involved varying levels of intensity, but most were in the range of 20-40 hours per week.
It’s crucial to highlight that the intensity of ABA therapy should be based on a personalized assessment and regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the evolving needs of the client. The focus should always be on the quality of therapy and ensuring that it is delivered in a way that is respectful, ethical, and tailored to the individual.
For a detailed understanding and further reading, you may refer to these sources:
National Research Council. (2001). Educating Children with Autism. National Academy Press.
Eldevik, S., Hastings, R. P., Hughes, J. C., Jahr, E., Eikeseth, S., & Cross, S. (2009). Meta-Analysis of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children With Autism. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 38(3), 439–450.