Autism: Parents’ Stories

Individual Treatment

“After 6 months of ABA training, Kimi’s biggest improvement is his language skills, and following are his eye contact and his ability to control his temper. At the age of 1.5, children with normal development can say “Papa, Mama”, but we couldn’t make Kimi speak a word. But just after 3 weeks of ABA training, my son already had visible improvement! From the very first 3 week, he could say a single word “Ma’, to a month after, knowing how to say “Mama” and now he can say “Mommy loves Kimi.” I will never forget this joy. ” Read more

– Kimi’s mom

Disclosure Statement of Kimi's mom

Kimi’s mother was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Kimi is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“After joining AP’s ABA training in 6 months, Kasey has improved substantially in various abilities. His social skills have become better and he has started to interact with others. Also, Kasey now can express his needs, which helps him in becoming less frustrated and in turns having less tantrum. In addition, I think the process of ABA used in AP is very progressive and the programs are tailored to each child’s specific needs.” Read more

– Kasey’s dad

Disclosure Statement of Kasey's dad

Kasey’s father was invited to present his perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Kasey is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“Her improvement is not something I have expected. After the 3rd day of training, I found that her eye contact was different. It was an eye contact telling us she wanted to communicate. Her responding has also become faster than before. We don’t have to call her many times to get her response. She enjoys doing her tasks and she believes that she is doing a great job. So when she practices again at home, she feels happy again. ” Read more

– Mia’s parents

Disclosure Statement of Mia’s parents

Mia’s parents were invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Mia is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“After the 5 days of training, Paul now can sit nicely and listen to teachers. This is the biggest improvement. Also, his dad has also noticed that Paul has spoken more than before when out in the park. His contents are more descriptive and more complex. The break down teaching in AP is carefully designed and systematic. Children with ASD can really learn better with this teaching method. ” Read more

– Paul’s mom

Disclosure Statement of Paul’s mom

Paul’s mom was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Paul is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“Zhang came to AP at 3 years old, after a few years of intervention, he has made progress in many areas. Zhang’s clinical staff are very supportive, and have always been motivating me and Zhang through the years of training. They taught me many skills to help deal with Zhang’s problems and reduce my stress of parenting Zhang. I am very grateful of the clinical team working with Zhang. They are very experienced and detail-minded, understand every child’s ability and designing programs that are effective for individual children.” Read more

Zhang’s mom

Disclosure Statement of Zhang’s mom

Zhang’s mom was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Zhang is a current client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“Now Cheuk Cheuk has been receiving 6-7 months of training at Autism Partnership, he has made significant progress in various aspects. He could only speak one or two words before coming to AP. And we couldn’t make him to sit still and learn. Often times, he had no interactions with others. After receiving two months of training, he’s able to speak some words. He has improved a lot in terms of following instructions and he also showed more interests in others.
I think what’s special about AP is that AP therapists are not forcing Cheuk Cheuk to do things. Instead, they lead Cheuk Cheuk to take the initiative to learn, and he was enjoying the learning progress. (Through Parent Education) We know how to help Cheuk Cheuk in generalizing his skills at home, this is something that the previous organization failed to teach us. ” Read more

– Cheuk Cheuk’s dad

Disclosure Statement of Cheuk Cheuk’s dad

Cheuk Cheuk’s dad was invited to present his perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Cheuk Cheuk is a current client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“After these 5 days of training, I think the greatest improvement is his self-control skills, and his responsiveness to the instructions from others. Not only 1, but can also respond to 2 or 3 instructions. It has been 3 years since his diagnosis. We have worked with many different therapists and it took very long for every therapist to be able to control his behavior. However in AP, he was very receptive to the different therapists in the lessons.” Read more

– Frank’s parents

Disclosure Statement of Frank’s parents

Frank’s parents were invited to present their perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Frank is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

” Etash was diagnosed with ASD at around 2 and half years old. At that time, he was non-verbal, unable to imitate any sound or give response and has cognitive skill below average. After joining AP’s program for a month, he started to imitate sound very quickly, and he has progressed significantly. After 2 years of the program at AP, Etash is now ready to go back to mainstream school. We now feel very positive about his future and can start building dreams for him. ” Read more

Jaishree, whose son joined AP during 2013-2015

Disclosure Statement of Jaishree

Jaishree was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Etash is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“I’m pleased to see Kyros progressing very well at various stage of development. Not only his social skills have improved, his hand-eye co-ordination and the overall development of fine motor skills have showed progress. I am particularly excited to see his improvement in cognitive skill and he can tell if I am happy or sad now.” Read more

– Kyros ‘ mom

Disclosure Statement of Kyros’ mom

Kyros’ mom was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Kyros is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

” Carlos now interacts with us. We can negotiate with him and he is more reasonable. He also plays with his little brother and gets along with other kids in the park. We are so pleased to see his improvements and we believe we will achieve more working together with AP.” Read more

– Carlos’ mom

Disclosure Statement of Carlo's mom

Carlo’s mon was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Carlo is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

” In a short amount of time at AP, my son already started to show significant progress in learning how to control his temper and impulsive behavior as well as how to engage in social interactions with his peers. In addition, through the parent training provided by AP, I started to master skills to get along with my son too!.” Read more

– Josephine Cheung, whose son joined AP at 6 years old

Disclosure Statement of Josephine

Josephine was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Josephine’s son is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“Since Cole started therapy, he has made tremendous progress. When he started therapy, he had no language skills. After on year, his language was about six month behind his typical peers. As just over four years, he is now completely verbal with language skills equal to typicalk children his age. His other developmental tasks have made similar progress. I am certain he wouldn’t have made this level of progress if he had not gotten early and intensive therapy.”

– Marie, whose son joined AP at 6 years old

Disclosure Statement of Marie

Marie was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Cole is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“We approached Autism Partnership in September 2009 after a frustrating year trying to find effective and professional help for our son. Within one month we had a fully supported and highly individualized ABA programme running which showed immediate results! They tackled the problem behaviors – sleep, self care, rituals, stimulation – first, to the immediate improvement of all our lives. “

Sarah Sommer

Disclosure Statement of Sarah

Sarah was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Sarah’s son is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

“We did Jump Start six weeks after my son was diagnosed. When I say it was a life-changing event for everyone, I truly mean it!”

Jane Heisel, M.D., M.S.

Disclosure Statement of Jane

Jane was invited to present her perspective as an educational opportunity for addressing the awareness of ASD and importance of early-intervention. Jane’s son is a past client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

Parents Workshop

” This parent workshop is very practical and lots of useful information. I have learned basic ABA skills to help my child to learn new things and also change some of his unwanted behaviors. This workshop helps to make our lives much easier from now on.”

– Ms. Elaine Lau, Parent

Disclosure Statement of Ms. Elaine Lau

Ms. Elaine Lau was invited to share her perspective as an educational opportunity on an ABA parent education workshop conducted by AP. Her child is not a client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

” Special thanks to Clara and Ray. They are professional, accurate and passionate. The workshop’s atmosphere is pleasant and content is inspiring. ”

– Ms. Sandy Ng, Parent

Disclosure Statement of Ms. Sandy Ng

Ms. Sandy Ng was invited to share her perspective as an educational opportunity on an ABA parent education workshop conducted by AP. Her child is not a client of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

Industry Conference/Workshop

” The one-day didactic workshop was extremely successful, almost 250 people came, mostly parents and special education workers. Actually, some scientist and doctors also attended the lecture, even the head of child psychiatry of Siberian Federal Region visited the talk. The hands-on part overcame all expectations and was absolutely fantastic. Everyone including parents, students and even translators were elated by the progress the kids made. It was unbelievable. We all saw what the real quality ABA intervention was.”

– Yevgeniy, Parent/Organizer of training workshop, Siberia, Russia

Disclosure Statement of Yevgeniy

Yevgeniy was invited to share her perspective as an educational opportunity on an ASD conference conducted by AP. She & her organization is not a client/work partner of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

” A wonderful, clear, concise and informative presentation. A chance to ask questions along the way. Presented with clear PowerPoint and useful information with signs to look out for how to help. “

– Mr. Beauchamp Ruth, Sai Kung International Pre-school, Hong Kong

Disclosure Statement of Mr. Beauchamp Ruth

Mr. Beauchamp Ruth was invited to share his perspective as an educational opportunity on an ASD conference conducted by AP. He & his school is not a client/work partner of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

” The teaching interaction workshop was excellent. It was beyond my expectation, a lot of worthwhile information and practical exercise that is very useful to me both in professional and in personal life. I never regret that I had traveled miles away from Bangkok all the way to Hong Kong just to be part of this workshop. I will definitely attend another workshop in AP

– Ms Eden Vidal, ASCOT International School, Bangkok

Disclosure Statement of Ms Eden Vidal

Ms Eden Vidal was invited to share her perspective as an educational opportunity on an ASD conference conducted by AP. She & her school is not a client/work partner of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.

” I just wanted to write to say how valuable and information I found the recent AP workshop. The presenter was extremely well prepared and the timing of the presentation was just right for our group which was a mixture of parents, teachers and therapists. Attending your workshop was an excellent way for me to network, with other people in the breaks too. I like the fact that the training groups are small, it meant that even the shy participants felt confident to ask questions.
I particularly enjoy the sessions where we can practice our new skills with real students. I don’t know any other support service which offers such a variety of workshop topics.
It is a real testament to the talents of the AP managers and staff. I cannot stress how important it is for AP to continue to encourage capacity building in these very effective research based technique in HK.
Thanks again. Keep up the good work. “

– Dr. Kathleen Tait, Associate Professor in Disability Studies

Disclosure Statement of Dr. Kathleen Tait

Dr. Kathleen Tait was invited to share her perspective as an educational opportunity on an ASD conference conducted by AP. She & her association is not a client/work partner of Autism Partnership Hong Kong.