AP Autism Awareness Summit 2021: Autism through the Ages

April is World Autism Awareness month, dedicated to increasing awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD).

Autism Partnership (AP), one of the largest and most established Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) service providers for ASD in the world, continues its efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignites change through this meaningful online summit this April.

The summit will discuss topics that will make a difference to parents and their children with ASD, and will address the importance of early intervention, continuous training and ongoing support through the different ages in a child of ASD.

What is Autism?

Autism is a severe disruption of the normal development process and is often diagnosed within the first few years of life. Autism is viewed as a spectrum or a continuum of disorders, with varying degrees of severity and levels of functioning. The term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is frequently used interchangeably with autism. Diagnoses such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Autistic Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Not Otherwise Specified) from DSM-IV are all included within the umbrella of ASD in DSM-5.

Symptoms

With the advancement in diagnostic tools, most children with autism can be reliably diagnosed by the age of 3, and earlier diagnosis is even possible for children as young as 12 months old. Parents are usually the first to notice peculiarities with their child’s development that do not follow the typical norm. Some of these peculiarities noted by parents include sudden regression and onset of social aloofness and/or a lack of progress after the child has reached certain developmental milestones.

Although symptoms of autism vary from child to child, the core areas affected include:

These essential skill deficits cause children to fall progressively further behind their typical peers as they grow older. The cause is unknown, but evidence points to physiological and neurological abnormalities. Children with autism generally do not learn in the same way that children normally learn, because, in part, they lack the fundamental skills which enable them to acquire and process basic information. These difficulties result in significant delays in their development of language, play and social skills, including their failure to notice and learn through imitation of their peers.

Prevalence


On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the new Autism Spectrum Disorder prevalence is now 1 in 68 children ( 1 in 142 boys and 1 in 189 girls ). A 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago. The largest increase was seen in children who have average or above-average intellectual ability, according to the CDC.

According to the report, the average age of diagnosis is still over age 4, even though autism can be diagnosed by age 2. The earlier a child is diagnosed with autism, the better their changes of overcoming the difficulties that come with the disorder. There are still disparities in awareness and access to care among minorities and underprivileged families, which can have a direct impact on a child.

How to help children with ASD?

AP holds the belief that every child deserves to thrive, and specifically, AP believes children and individuals with autism should have the opportunity to realize their inherent potential and achieve the greatest degree of independence and highest quality of life possible.

AP also believes that through intensive early intervention of Autism Partnership Method (APM), a progressive model of ABA that is highly individualized, child friendly, holistic and focused on “in-the-moment analysis” and “clinical judgement”, those affected can reach amazing potential, foster meaningful relationships and lead productive lives.


With the aim of spreading awareness of ASD and Quality ABA early intervention, this event focuses on:

  • Providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of ASD, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life
  • Sharing insights on quality intervention and effectiveness of AP method (APM)
  • Listening to the different voices from parents of children with ASD and getting to know the progress they have achieved with APM

 

Date and Time

Day 1Day 2
April 3rd, 2021 (Saturday)April 4th, 2021(Sunday)
1:00pm-4:15pm (HKT)

Language

Main Language: English
With Subtitles in: Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Bahasa Indonesia

Continue Education Units

OrganizationProfessionalsUnits
The Behavior Analyst Certification BoardBCBA/ BCaBA7 Units
Hong Kong Institute of Speech TherapistsSpeech Therapists6 CEPST Points
Social Workers Registration Board
(Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers)
Social Worker13 Units

Fees

Regular PriceEarly Bird Price
(before Feb 7, 2021) 
Professionals for CEU creditsHKD 500HKD 350
Parents of Children with ASD and othersFREE

Partners

                           

Payment Methods

Registration

April 3, 2021 (Saturday) (HKT)
  • 1:00 – 1:30
    APM and the Journeys of Children with ASD

    With rising numbers of children and adults receiving the diagnosis with ASD, it’s important to educate people with the definition of ASD and the essential of early intensive intervention. This presentation will provides a peak what different children can achieve undergoing the autism partnership method. The audiences will go through the journeys of children with ASD with the speaker and learn more about how to implement effective Autism Partnership Method in training.

  • 1:30-2:00
    Components of an Effective ABA Program for Children with ASD

    Not all ABA providers are the same. They can have fundamental differences in conducting assessments, designing treatment plans, and applying various ABA techniques in treatment, leading to different outcomes in children with Autism. Yet, these outcomes may not always be meaningful to the child’s and their family’s needs in their natural environment, or they are not the best results the learner can achieve with their capability. In this talk, Ms Tam will discuss about the components of an effective ABA program and how each component contributes to the optimal treatment outcome.

  • 2:00 -2:05
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  • 2:05-2:35
    Improving Motivation in Learning of Children with ASD

    Many children with ASD are very capable of learning. However, it is frustrating to see some of them not paying enough effort to learn because of a lack of motivation. This talk will discuss some factors affecting their motivation, such as reinforcement, selection of demands, activities, and success rates. Videos will be presented on how to motivate children with ASD to learn effectively and happily.

  • 2:35-3:05
    Effective Strategies in Dealing with Behavior Problems

    It is not uncommon that children with autism would demonstrate challenging behaviors such as tantrum, aggression and noncompliance. These behaviors be detrimental, and may disrupt their learning and development, affect their social life, and also put pressure and stress on their teachers and caregivers. This talk would discuss about some common functions of these behavioral problems and how to tackle them effectively.

  • 3:05-3:10
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  • 3:10-3:40
    Parents’ Perspectives (Early Age)

    In this session, we will invite two parents of students who have received intervention under APM, they will share their stories with ASD, and the progress and changes achieved under the intervention of APM in AP.

  • 3:40-3:45
    BREAK
  • 3:45-4:15
    Panel

    Four speakers of the day will discuss and answer questions from audiences based on their topics.

April 4, 2021 (Sunday) (HKT)
  • 1:00 – 1:30
    Developing language skills in children with ASD at beginning level

    Language is an essential tool for us to relate and communicate with others, and it intersects with other areas such as play and academic development. Unfortunately, a lot of children with ASD face various challenges when learning and using language. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss an assortment of language programs for early learners.

  • 1:30-2:00
    Application of ABA in Group Settings

    While learning in a one-on-one setting is important for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to acquire different skills, being able to learn in a small or big group setting is also critical to their development. This talk will discuss how ABA can be used effectively in group settings and how to enable children to develop good foundational skills in groups and classrooms. Videos will be shown to illustrate the critical steps necessary for success.

  • 2:00 -2:05
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  • 2:05-2:35
    Applying Autism Partnership Method in Primary School

    There are many different styles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), from very structured and rigid to more natural and flexible. Autism Partnership Method is a unique style of ABA that emphasizes clinical judgment, naturalness, individualisation and working with the whole child. In this talk, Ms Yvonne Cheung, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and Behavioral Consultant of Aoi Pui School, will share about using this method to help primary school students on the autism spectrum to develop essential skills for school success and a quality life.

  • 2:35-3:05
    Autism and Education: preparing for adulthood

    The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a pivotal time for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), facing challenges across multiple domains: social and communication, education, employment, as well as independent living. In this conference, Ms Abbie Chan, the School Principal of Aoi Pui School, will identify challenges specific to adults diagnosed with ASD, and discuss how to prepare and support the transition to adulthood using the Autism Partnership Method (APM).

  • 3:05-3:10
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  • 3:10-3:40
    Parents’ Perspectives (Adolescences)

    In this session, two parents who raised teenagers or adults with ASD will share their life stories about living with ASD and how their life would be like in their adulthood, which aims to help people with ASD and their families to have a better understanding of their life experiences and educate the public how to help people with ASD to achieve better transition and integration into society at different growth stages.

  • 3:40-3:45
    BREAK
  • 3:45-4:15
    Panel

    Four speakers of the day will discuss and answer questions from audiences based on their topics.

Mr. Toby Mountjoy
M.Sc., BCBA, Director
Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Ms. Kan Wong
Program Director, M.S. ABA., BCBA
Ms. Lai-Kan Wong is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Mr. Raymond Fung
M.S. ABA, BCBA, Training Director
Raymond is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University.
Ms. Catherine Tam
M.S. ABA, BCBA
Ms. Catherine Tam holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Ms. Teresa Ng
M.S. ABA, BCBA
a master degree holder in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from St. Cloud State University
Ms. Christy Lai
MSc, BCBA
Ms. Christy Lai is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
Ms. Abbie Chan
M.SocSc, Principal
Abbie obtained a Master degree in Psychology of Education from City University of Hong Kong. She started working as a therapist at Autism Partnership in 2009 and is currently the Principal of Aoi Pui School.
Ms. Yvonne Cheung
M.S. ABA, BCBA, Behavioral Consultant
Yvonne is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She holds a master degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from St. Cloud State University, United States.
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  • No Attendance Certification will be provided besides the BCBA/BCaBA CEUs.
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  • No replay will be offered for this charity event.
Event Details
  • Start Date
    April 3, 2021(Sat) 1:00 pm
  • End Date
    April 4, 2021(Sun) 4:15 pm
  • Phone
    +852 2174 6818
  • Email
    workshops@autismpartnershiphk.com
  • LANGUAGE
    English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Russian, and Bahasa