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Early Intervention Behaviour Support

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What Is Early Intervention Behaviour Support?

It involves several approaches to teaching including positive reinforcement, repeated exposure to tasks, modelling and generalisation across settings. Exposure to this type of teaching facilitates a positive change in behaviour and increases acquisition in development within areas of language, play, behaviour, academic and social behaviour.

Positive reinforcement is when a child receives a preferred outcome when an appropriate behaviour being targeted is elicited. Positive reinforcement contingencies are used during therapy to change an individual’s environment which results in an increase in the behaviours and learning we would like to see.

What does EIBS at Hessel Group look like?

EIBS can be effective in working with individuals of all ages. However, research shows that skill development programs that are provided at a young age, between 18 months and 6 years, foster better outcomes and can often reduce the likelihood of more severe or dangerous behaviours later in life.

EIBS at Hessel focuses on a Family-Centred approach to learning. This includes all professions, such as your Senior Practitioner (Behaviour), Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, and Psychologist, working alongside the family members to learn how to better understand and help your child.

Hessel Group also ensures that access to learning across all environments is facilitated including across the home, community, school, and centre settings.

Our program is tailored to each individual child, where goals and needs are assessed to determine best approach to weekly therapy.


  • Establishing rapport
  • Investigating likes, dislikes, strengths and areas of improvement
  • Begin with Foundational Skills
  • Early Communicative Language Skills
  • Grammatical language and early socialisation
  • Socialisation and Peer interaction
  • Community Access

Family-Centred Approach

To achieve success within these areas children typically work with their therapist for a few minutes at a time interspersed with short play breaks to ensure positive reinforcement is enriched within the session. Skill acquisition is recorded, and data is taken to track progress and ensure each child has the best possible outcomes towards inclusivity.

Every 8 to 10 weeks, your Senior Practitioner will arrange a review meeting with the parents, therapists, and other professionals working with the child. These meetings typically run for around 1 to 2 hours and are held to review progress, make program changes where required, and to provide feedback to therapists.

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How long are sessions?

Sessions are typically 2 to 3 hours long. Intensive programs up to 20 hours a week are highly recommended, however, less intense programs are also offered to tailor to every family’s needs.


Age Range

People of all ages are eligible to have this service.


You may either choose to have these sessions in our clinic, the client’s home, educational facility or workplace.

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  • Leigh McGill
    Senior Behaviour Therapist
  • Kelsey Chadwick
    Senior Behaviour Therapist
  • Sky Ma
    Behaviour Therapist / Counsellor / Social Worker

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