Autism Partnership Conference – A Treatment That Changes Lives
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Autism Partnership Conference
A Treatment That Changes Lives
On October 21, Autism Partnership (AP) has invited 2 world-renowned speakers to share their professional expertise on ASD intervention with parents of children with ASD and professionals. The conference will explore the key breakthroughs with the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for those on the spectrum. Inspiring topics include “Early Intervention that Changes Lives” and “School Readiness for Children with ASD” will be discussed.
Five key themes will be discussed in the conference:
- School readiness for children with ASD
- Applying ABA principles in small-group teaching
- Utilization of clinical judgement in the AP Method
- Effective strategies in handling behavioral problems
- Teaching spontaneous communication and social skills for children with ASD
|Date||October 21, 2023 (Saturday)|
|Time||9am to 5pm|
|Venue||Velvet 1 & 2 Seda BGC Hotel, 30th Street corner 11th Avenue, Lane P, Taguig|
|Speakers||Dr. David Fischer, Dr. Raymond Fung|
Special Discount Offer Until Sept 15
Parents: Php 2,700
Professionals: Php 2,800
Regular after Sept 15: Php 3,500
Complimentary parent consultation is offered to the conference participants only:
|Date||October 21, 2023 (Saturday)|
|Time and Duration||45min *Each family can book 1 appointment only. **Appointment time will be arranged by AP.|
|Venue||Board Room 1, Seda BGC Hotel|
|Remarks||1. Only open to parents of children with ASD (diagnosed/suspected to be ASD) who have registered for the conference. 2. Parents need to fill out a Child Profile Form provided by AP. 3. For parents only. No child is allowed in the consultation.|
Continue Education Units:
|The Behavior Analyst Certification Board||BCBA/BCaBA||7.5|
Main contents of key five themes include:
1. School readiness for children with ASDDr. David Fischer (Psy. D., CPBA-AP, BCBA-D, AP Behavioral Consultant) Many parents of children with ASD wish for their children to enter school like other children. Likewise, many schools are keen to admit students with special educational needs (SEN), but often parents and teachers do not know whether the learning environment provided by schools would bring benefits for the long-term development of the children. When children are sent to a school without being equipped with adequate foundational learning skills, their learning progress will be hindered and the golden time for their treatment will be delayed. Furthermore, students who enter kindergarten or primary school without the necessary skills are more likely to demonstrate academic, behavioural and social problems. So how do parents know that their children are ready for kindergartens or primary schools? What skills are required for children to learn effectively in kindergartens and primary schools? How do we teach these skills? Due to their unique capabilities and challenges, tackling these issues is essential for them to enjoy their learning experience in school. In this talk, Dr. Fischer will discuss these questions through explanations and video sharing.
2. Applying ABA principles in small-group teachingDr. David Fischer (Psy. D., CPBA-AP, BCBA-D, AP Behavioral Consultant) Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is an effective intervention for ASD. Contrary to popular belief, ABA provides a systematic approach to learning group training, supporting and preparing children with ASD to transit to schools and other natural learning environments, in addition to 1-to-1 instruction. In this talk, the speaker will explain how to identify whether a child is ready for group training and discuss how to design and implement group learning curriculum and the critical areas of programming to be successful.
3. The implementation of clinical judgement in AP MethodDr. Raymond Fung (Ed.D, M.S.ABA, BCBA, AP Training Director) Intensive early behavioural interventions based on the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) have been repeatedly demonstrated to be effective in improving functional skills, social skills, language skills and behavioural management of individuals with ASD. The progressive ABA, AP method, developed by AP over the years is aimed to maximize the progress of every child with ASD and to improve their quality of life. To maximize their learning progress, teaching must be carried out by the qualified therapists, with the use of in-the-moment analysis and clinical judgement, to teach the students all-around skills (e.g. learning motivation, attentiveness in class, language development, etc.). In this talk, the speaker will discuss the different methods and programs for students to make meaningful progress, and to assist the professionals and caregivers to improve the quality of life of the children with autism.
4. The effective strategies in handling behavioural problemsDr. Raymond Fung (Ed.D, M.S.ABA, BCBA, AP Training Director) Many children with ASD exhibit different levels of behavioural problems, including more frequent tantrums, disobedience to instructions, repetitive behaviours and even self-harm and aggressive behaviours. Since children with ASD often have difficulties expressing themselves, other people often have challenges in comprehending their emotional reactions and problem behaviours. These often cause unnecessary misunderstandings in daily life. These behaviours will also bring great stress to caregivers, and adversely affect children’s learning and social interaction. To effectively tackle these behavioural problems, it is critical to identity the causes of behaviours and the skill deficiencies in the children, and to develop a systematic plan to teach replacement skills. The speaker for this talk will discuss the behavioural issues in ASD and answer different questions about the behavioural problems of children with autism and to provide corresponding guidance.
5. Teaching spontaneous communication to children with ASDDr. Raymond Fung (Ed.D, M.S.ABA, BCBA, AP Training Director) ASD affects the development of social and communication skills in children to varying degrees. Hence, enhancing their communication skills is an important part of teaching. Building effective spontaneous communication skills not only greatly reduces children’s problematic behaviours, but also support them in social integration. Through meaningful communication and interaction, their quality of life improves, and enables them to understand and cope with various situations in everyday life. The speaker in this talk will discuss the different types of language expression with video demonstrations and will teach the various communication temptation methods to motivate and promote their communication and learning efficiency with others.
Dr. David Fischer Psy.D., CPBA-AP, BCBA-D, AP Behavioral ConsultantDr. David Fischer received a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University, USA, advised by Dr. Sandra Harris. He is a Certified Progressive Behavior Analyst – Autism Professional (CPBA-AP) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). Since 1999, he has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and with individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Marcus Institute in Atlanta, Georgia working in the severe behavior unit, short-term-out-patient clinic, feeding disorders unit, and early intervention clinic. From 2007 – 2011, he trained public school teachers to instruct and manage the behavior of their students diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. He also was the clinical coordinator of the Asperger’s College Program, which provides support services to Rutgers students diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder. Since joining Autism Partnership (AP) Hong Kong in 2011, Dr. Fischer has trained countless behavior therapists and provided clinical services to families in Hong Kong and abroad. Additionally, he has served as a consultant to AP Korea. He has delivered workshops and/or presentations in the United States, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Philippines, and Korea. He continues to receive training from the directors of AP.
Dr. Fung Yiu Man, Raymond Ed.D, M.S.ABA, BCBA, AP Training DirectorDr. Raymond Fung holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Bristol, a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. His doctoral thesis explored Progressive ABA, Autism and Technology. He is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been teaching individuals with autism and training professionals for over 23 years. Dr. Raymond Fung has been receiving ongoing training from Dr. Ron Leaf, Dr. John McEachin and their associates since he joined Autism Partnership (AP) Hong Kong in 2000. Since 2005, he has trained more than 500 behavioral therapists internationally. In 2007, he participated in the curriculum development for and AP School, the first and only primary school for autistic students in Hong Kong. In 2014, he developed 6 mobile applications for individuals with autism. In 2016, he created a school-based social skill program for local secondary students. In 2018, he hosted a radio program on RTHK with a group of adults with high functioning autism. Currently, he is the training director of AP Hong Kong, and the voluntary consultant of AP Foundation. He consults in China, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, South Africa, and Russia. Previously, he was the clinical director of 2 AP international offices, the conference chair of Hong Kong Association for Behavior Analysis, and a part-time lecturer of a master program in autism in Hong Kong Metropolitan University. In 2023, he published his book “Teaching Children with Autism”.
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