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The SBI Method
SBI refers to Situated Behaviour Intervention
The first goal of SBI-Method is to enhance good communication and provide children with the best chance to emit expected/adapted behaviours and minimise tantrums, aggression, emotional meltdowns, anxiety and avoidance behaviours.
The second goal of the method is to help children achieve their full potential in all areas of their daily lives (social, emotional, learning, family, etc.).
What is the SBI Method about?
SBI is a method created by Dr. Bruhl, it's based on behavioural intervention aimed at enabling carers of children and adolescents with neuro-developmental disorders such as ASD, ADHD, and other executive function difficulties, to have tailor-made practical guidance and strategies to support them.
SBI method is a type of behavioural intervention that provides practical, consistent, flexible, and clear guidance for the adult and the child such that adapted behaviour modifications are sustainable.
There are 4 main characteristics to SBI:
Specificity to Situations
SBI is a method of intervention inspired from scientific research:
Several researches have shown an association between Executive Functions and ASD/ADHD (e.g., Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. ; Hill, 2004).
Research in cognitive psychology on language comprehension by Bruhl et al. 2004.
Why the need for such a Method?
Over the last 10 years of Dr. Bruhl's clinical experience, she has come to observe that most parents struggle to obtain strategies that are structured and tailor-made to suit the profiles of their children’s difficulties. In other words, once parents are handed a diagnosis of, for example Autism or Attention Deficit, their next question to professionals is “what can I do at home to help my child?”
There begins a tedious quest to find information, support, help etc. Most professionals are trained and are able to provide “good enough” support for children, and one will find that most children who obtain regular therapy for their difficulties improve over time. So in a way, the children are taken care of by professionals, but the reality is that the success and sustainability of most psychotherapy treatments depend heavily on the effectiveness with which parents are able to modify their parenting strategies to suit the challenges of their children.
There are so much information, methods, forums and advice available on the internet, in magazines, in books etc., for parents. However, most of these are generic approaches that rarely take into consideration the individualized profile of each child, whereas no two children who are given the same diagnosis are similar. That is, they may have the same diagnosis but the manner in which they manifest their symptoms often depend on several socio-emotional variables that are often not taken into consideration by most approaches. This is how the SBI-Method differs from other approaches.
It provides a unique, individualized and tailor-made tools for each child’s profile, and that way, parenting styles are adapted to the actual needs of the child. That is, it is not the child that adapts; SBI-Method adapts to the child and the entire family’s needs, and this is where lies SBI-Method’s uniqueness and that is why IT WORKS!
How SBI-Method is administrated?
Using a comprehensive assessment, we identify developmental delays, skill deficits, and challenging behaviors and develop an individualized treatment plan, working with parents to prioritize goals.
We teach self-help and safety skills and build language, communication, social skills and emotional regulation skills.
A comprehensive record of progress is established and shared with parents on a regular basis.
Every child’s individualized program is developed and managed by Dr Bruhl – our leading clinical psychologist who tailors the program to each child’s needs. An SBI-Method trained coordinator implements the treatment plan under the direction of Dr Bruhl and participates in training and regular team meetings to ensure progress.
Parents are invited to participate in regular meetings, which are designed to review the child’s progress, teach new techniques, and add lessons to the program.
Parents are encouraged to do the training of SBI-Method for Parents – This enables parents to continue administering and practicing skills development at home in an independent manner.
Parents trained in SBI-Method work in close collaboration with the psychologist, enabling the progress of the child to be solid, and the child is able to generalized learned skills in different environments quicker.
Hill E.L. Executive dysfunction in autism. Trends Cogn Sci. 2004 Jan;8(1):26-32. Review.