2021 World Autism Awareness Month Special Event - Autism Partnership Singapore

FREE WEBINAR: Autism Partnership Method (APM): Understanding my child with autism (ASD) and finding the path to their success

April is World Autism Awareness month, dedicated to increasing awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As part of Autism Partnership’s continuous efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance and ignite change this year, Autism Partnership Singapore is holding an online seminar on Saturday, April 24.

Children with autism have tremendous potential. Unfortunately, the expectations for students with autism have historically been way too low. This has greatly affected how children are taught. Lower expectations have influenced decisions on educational strategies as well as curriculum. 

At AP, we believe that every child deserves to thrive, and specifically, the opportunity to realize their inherent potential and achieve the greatest degree of independence and the highest quality of life possible.

 With effective ABA programming efforts based on our Autism Partnership Method (APM), we utilize procedures based on experience, clinical research, and evidence to help children autism reach their potential and most importantly maximize the quality of their lives. 

This online seminar is designed to provide an overview of the key challenges children with autism commonly face, as well as insightful details on the most effective elements that contribute to the success of your child’s treatment. 

APM is a progressive model of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) that is highly individualized, child friendly, holistic and focused on “in-the-moment analysis” and “clinical judgement”.


Date April 24, 2021 (Saturday)
Time 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (SGT)
Language English
Platform Zoom
This seminar is suitable for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism (ASD) and Professionals working with children with ASD
Speakers Reshani Satharasinghe, Behavior Consultant (AP Singapore) MSc ABA, BCBA Nurhayati Ismail, Behavior Consultant (AP Singapore) MSc ABA, BCBA


09:00 – 10:15 am

Understanding your child’s challenges, behaviors and motivation by Ms. Reshani Satharasinghe (MSc ABA, BCBA)

It is not uncommon for children with autism to demonstrate common disruptive behaviors such as tantrums and non-compliance. These behaviors, unfortunately, may affect your child’s learning, social life and development. During this segment, Ms Reshani will explore some common functions of these behaviors.

Designed to also provide an overview of why some children lack the motivation to learn, Ms Reshani will discuss some factors affecting their motivation, such as reinforcement, selection of demands, activities and success rates.  

10:15 – 10.25 am


10.25 – 11:40 am

Key factors that contribute to the success of your child’s treatment by Ms. Nurhayati Ismail (MSc ABA, BCBA)

Not all ABA providers are the same. There can be fundamental differences in 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. 

Developed from over 40 years of research, intensive early intervention using our Autism Partnership Method (APM), enables children with autism to reach amazing potential, foster meaningful relationships and lead productive lives. 

APM is a progressive model of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) that is highly individualized, child friendly, holistic and focused on “in-the-moment analysis” and “clinical judgement”.

During this segment, Ms Nurhayati will introduce the critical factors that contribute to the optimal outcome of your child’s treatment.

11:40 – 11:50 am


11:50 – 12:10 pm

Sharing of parent’s perspectives

12:10 – 12:30 pm

Q&A Session

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 Disorders (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.


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 in the world

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 the 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 chances 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.

Prevalence in Singapore

The estimated rate of autism in Singapore is about one in 150 children and that is around 1% of the population in Singapore. This is a higher rate than the World Health Organisation’s global figure of one in 160 children. The rise in the number of people with autism are likely due to the nature of the diagnostic testing and also the increase in awareness on special needs in Singapore.

Hurry, as limited slots are available! Register your interest today below!

For any enquiries, please contact us at workshops@autismpartnershipsg.com or call (65) 6463 3095

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