Children with autism are often known to have limited interests. Trying to teach them to learn new skills can be quite a challenge, if it isn’t related to a theme that they are interested in. Whether the goal is trying to change their disruptive behaviors or trying to teach them how to communicate, play or be social, the first thing we need to do is to make sure the student is ready to learn. That starts with ensuring that they are motivated. . When it comes to effective autism treatment, we use reinforcement to motivate children who are on the spectrum. Reinforcement can come in various forms such as toys, arts and crafts, construction activities, music, and outings. It is not always food or iPad. Sometimes, there is a reluctance to use reinforcement because it is often mistaken with bribery. The reality is that ALL OF US operate on reinforcement. We don’t go to work unless we get paid a salary at the end of the month. That salary is our reinforcement. Since every child with autism is different, we first need to identify what it is, that motivates them. The reinforcement for one child can be very different from the other. The first step of any good autism treatment would involve identifying what the child likes, how can we expand on these interests, and how we can use this information to develop the optimal behaviour or lesson plan for our students.

Details:

Date & Time: April 25 2020 (Sat) 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: Autism Partnership Singapore 491 B River Valley Rd, #05-01/02, Office Tower, Singapore 248373
Language: English
Trainers: Ms. Reshani Satharasinghe (M.Sc ABA, BCBA), Behavior Consultant Ms. Sarah Sotiriou (BSc Bio Sci) (Hons in Psychology), Case Supervisor
Workshop Fee: SGD $90 (incl. 7% GST) for 1 participant; SGD $150 (incl. 7% GST) for 2 participants
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Workshop Agenda:

Time Event Rundown
9:30 – 10:30 Didactic Lecture:
  • Reinforcement development is an essential and on-going component of therapy
  • Myths and misunderstandings around reinforcement: It is not the same as bribery!
  • Categories of reinforcement
10:30 – 10:45 Break time
10:45 – 11:45 Hands-On Demonstration: Identifying & Developing Reinforcement
11:45 – 12:15 Considerations for Motivating a Child with Autism
12:15 – 12:30 Review and Q & A session

During our ‘3-hour Motivating a Child with Autism (ASD)’ Workshop, parents will learn:

  • Definition and importance of reinforcement
  • Children with ASD need external reinforcement in the initial stages of therapy
  • Reinforcement development is an essential and on-going component of therapy
  • Myths and misunderstandings around reinforcement: It is not the same as bribery!
  • Categories of reinforcement
  • Considerations: age-appropriateness, where it can be found, how easy it is to set up and how to control access

This workshop includes:

  • Work In Progress Video Set in English (U.P. $150)
  • 1 hr Didactic Lecture on Reinforcement & Considerations
  • 1.5 hr Discussion & Hands-On
  • 15 mins Review & Q&A
 

Note:

  1. This workshop is suitable for parents/caregivers of children with autism between the ages of 2-8 years old.
  2. If parents wish to volunteer their child for the hands-on demonstration with our trainer, they are welcome to do so. However, AP will conduct a screening to determine their suitability and age appropriateness for the training.

About Trainers

Reshani Satharasinghe MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis, BCBA Behavior Consultant Reshani Satharasinghe holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology from the National University of Singapore and has a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. She has provided behavior therapy for children on the autism spectrum since the inception of our Singapore office in 2004, under the direction of Associate Director, Mr. Toby Mountjoy. In 2005, she was seconded to our office in Seal Beach, California to complete a 15 months internship, under the supervision of our Directors, Drs. Ronald Leaf and John McEachin. Since her return in January 2007, she ran the training programme for new staff. She also provided intensive parent training through our Supernanny/Res-Q programme. In 2008, she became a Case Supervisor, providing clinical support and case management. In 2010, she completed a 5-month attachment to our UK office and worked as the Regional Coordinator of Services in Leeds. She returned to Singapore in August 2010 to provide consultation, supervision and training to both clients, parents and staff in Singapore, as well as regionally. Reshani is currently a Behavior Consultant at AP Singapore and regularly conducts a series of training workshops, lectures and school consultations to both professionals and members of the public. Reshani is also Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
   
Sarah Sotiriou BSc Biological Sciences (Hons in Psychology) Case Supervisor Sarah Sotiriou holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with an Honours in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK). Sarah joined Autism Partnership Singapore in 2011 as a Behavior Therapist. She has since been working with children in one-to-one setting, providing tailor-made therapy curriculum according to needs of child. Additionally, she worked with children in social skills group settings and provided shadow-aide support for children in mainstream schools. Her work includes parent training supervision. Presently, Sarah is a Case Supervisor at Autism Partnership Singapore overseeing the training of staff and curriculum design for families. In addition, she also does presentations for both parents and professionals to help the local community increase awareness of effective intervention for people with Autism. She is currently taking the Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis(Msc) from Queens University Belfast, UK and is working towards her BCBA credential.

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Please refer to the payment details below: 1. Funds Transfer
  • Direct deposit to: DBS BANK LTD, SINGAPORE
  • Address: 6 Shenton Way, DBS Building, Singapore 068809
  • Swift Address: DBSSSGSG
  • Account No.: 008-900393-3
  • Account Name: Autism Partnership Pte Ltd
  • Take a screenshot of the payment slip and email to workshops@autismpartnershipsg.com to confirm your seat. 2. Cheque Payment
  • Cheque to be made payable to: Autism Partnership Pte Ltd
  • Send cheque to: 491B River Valley Road, #05-01/02 River Valley Office Tower, Singapore S248373
  • Take a picture of cheque and email to workshops@autismpartnershipsg.com to confirm your seat.
3. DBS PAYNOW (UEN: 200401995H)
  • Scan QR code for payment. Please indicate FULL NAME on ‘Remarks’. UEN: 200401995H
  • You will receive a confirmation email once we have received your payment.

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