3-hour “Motivating a Child with Autism (ASD)” Live Demonstration Workshop

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.



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

Nurhayati Ismail (MSc ABA, BCBA) Behavior Consultant

Jeena Tan (BA Psychology) Program Supervisor

Sylvia Foong (MSc ABA) Senior Behavior Therapist

Workshop Fee: SGD $90 (incl. 7% GST) for 1 participant; SGD $150 (incl. 7% GST) for 2 participants Enter promo code “EARLYBIRD10” to get $10 OFF! (Extended to 11 March)

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


  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

Nurhayati Ismail


Behavior Consultant

Nurhayati M Ismail is a Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from University of Southern Queensland and a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Before joining Autism Partnership Singapore, she worked with both children and adults in a mental health facility, providing psycho-education and counselling as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Since 2003, Yati has been working with children with autism using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in one-on-one as well as school settings. After completing her supervisory training in our Hong Kong office under the direction of Mr. Toby Mountjoy in 2006, she has conducted staff training, intensive parent education groups as well as various workshops for teachers and professionals, parent consultation and public talks. She also oversees the Little Learners school program and social skills group for children of various ages. Presently, she is a Behavior Consultant at AP Singapore, providing clinical support and case management to children in Singapore and overseas. She also conducts training, lectures and workshops for parents, schools and professionals in Singapore and internationally.
Jeena Tan BA Psychology Program Supervisor Jeena Tan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She started her career with Autism Partnership Singapore in 2013 as a therapist and has since taken on various roles of increasing responsibilities. She has worked with children in both one-on-one therapy sessions and group settings. Additionally, Jeena has provided shadow-aide support for children in mainstream schools, as well as conducted parent training supervision. In 2017, Jeena joined our Accelerate team to work with families from Indonesia and China. She also collaborated with Autism Partnership Hong Kong to run an intensive ABA intervention program in Beijing, designed to identify children’s individual programming needs and provide recommendations for follow-up intervention. In the same year, she also collaborated with our Hong Kong office to run a Parent Training workshop in Shanghai, China. Presently, as a Program Supervisor at Autism Partnership Singapore, Jeena designs and oversees individualized programs for a wide variety of children across the spectrum, trains and mentors staff, and conducts talks for parents, schools, and professionals.

Sylvia Foong


Senior Behavior Therapist

Sylvia Foong holds a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from St. Cloud’s State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Sylvia joined Autism Partnership Singapore in 2014 and has been working with children of varying ages in 1-to-1, group and classroom settings, locally and internationally in Indonesia and China.

She has provided shadow-aide support for children in schools as well as parent training. Sylvia joined Autism Partnership Singapore’s Accelerate Team in 2018. She conducts highly intensive and customized ABA therapy programs in English and Mandarin designed to maximize the progress of children.

Presently, as a Senior Behaviour Therapist, she also presents talks to the local community for both parents and professionals, sharing techniques and tips on how to help families living with individuals with ASD.

Additionally, Sylvia is working towards her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.



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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