Make informed decisions.
Are all ABA programs the same?
All ABA programs are not the same because any good program should be customised for the developmental objectives and abilities of the specific individual receiving treatment.
Hence, it is important that you research the credentials and experience of any ABA provider you consider for your child as it is the provider who is responsible for ensuring the program is appropriate for the development objectives.
At Think Kids, we have an team of qualified psychologists experienced in ABA programming and implementation. Our psychologists' primary responsibility is for initial programming and regular monitoring/revision to ensure your child's ABA program remains relevant and appropriate during the duration of treatment with Think Kids.
As a parent, can I get trained in ABA and work with my child?
Yes - and it is important for parents to be involved in their child’s ABA program.
Parents can help to generalize skills and continue ABA outside of a therapy session.
However, we do not encourage parents to do the bulk of the therapy hours because of risk of burn-out.
Does ABA lead to robot-like behaviour?
A good quality ABA program will not cause a child to become "robotic".
Our ABA program is individualised to develop independent thinking skills, promote flexibility, and generalization across people, locations, and materials.
Does my child need a diagnosis to receive intervention?
A diagnosis is not needed to receive intervention at Think Kids but might be recommended based on the conditions presented by your child.
Whether or not your child has completed a diagnostic assessment, prior to commencing therapy, the psychologist will observe/interact with your child to gain a better understanding of his/her strengths and weaknesses. This information will them be used to formulate the initial treatment plan.
How can I be assured of the quality of the services provided by Think Kids?
Think Kids is one of the few ABA, early intervention and social skills providers in Singapore which has full-time specialised psychologists responsible for ensuring that all treatment programs are specifically tailored to bring the best out of your child.
We only apply evidence based methods of treatment proven for delivering results and comply with the professional code of ethics of the Singapore Psychological Society.
How long should my child be on an ABA program?
Every child is different, so there is no "normal" duration of treatment. Notwithstanding, ABA is a long term treatment program that requires consistency.
In most cases, most children receive treatment for 2-5 years but with a reduced model of service after some time.
It takes commitment if you want your child to receive ABA but is worth the effort given this evidence-based method has proven to deliver results and is recognised by various international authorities, including, the Singapore Ministry of Health.
How much therapy will my child need a week?
Research has demonstrated that "more is better" when it comes to behaviour intervention therapy.
In general, Think Kids suggests a minimum of 20 hours a week for a program to be effective. This therapy could be a combination of Think Kids and parent / caregiver interaction.
If my child has behavioural challenges can ABA be used?
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) has been proven by numerous studies to be one of the best methods for managing problem and aberrant behaviour, such as, self-injurious, ritualistic, repetitive, aggressive and disruptive behaviour,
Whilst normally associated with Autism, ABA is not solely an Autism treatment and has been effectively used with children who are in need of behaviour modification or need to learn basic, but essential, life skills.
What should I expect during the Initial Intake?
During the initial intake, you will meet your assigned Think Kids’ psychologist who will review/discuss detailed information about your child’s medical, educational and developmental history.
The psychologist will also discuss your developmental objectives for the child and any other specific areas of concern you have with your child's behaviour.
After receiving this information, the psychologist will suggest treatment recommendations and how Think Kids can assist.
The initial intake will take approximately 90 minutes.
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