From a mile to a smile

About ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. 

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About ABA Therapy

Practiced over 60 years, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based technique around the world.

ABA was established in the 1960s, aims to improve the lives of children with autism and their families. Dr. Ivar Lovaas’ UCLA Young Autism Project inspired a series of ground-breaking researchers. Up till today, thousands of researches are still looking into different ABA techniques. 

ABA therapy emphasizes first and foremost on treating socially significant behaviors. Specifically, behaviors that bring immediate and long-term benefits. 

Formerly, ABA therapy gave the perception of being a robotic approach that lacks flexibility. Presently, ABA as well as Autismilee emphasizes the importance of being objective and providing individualized fun programs for children to learn through play. 

One might assume ABA therapy is only suitable for one-on-one setting. In fact, ABA can be utilized in schools, playgroups and rehabilitation centres. The best way to find a qualified therapist that matches your child’s needs, is checking through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) web page. 


Based on scientific theory, Autismilee analyses how the environment influences child’s behavior.


Treatment techniques used are evidence-based.


Data is taken to record and analyze specific behaviour.


Based on observations, objective judgement is made to monitor progress.

Consequences control behavior

Key Concepts of ABA Therapy

The core of ABA therapy is ‘consequence controls behavior’ where behavior changes based on the outcome.  



Same concept is used when working with children with autism. Suppose that your child never expresses his needs. When our therapists shape his behaviour by motivating him to point towards Lego. He would then get a Lego after pointing. Such positive consequence would further motivate him to express his needs in the future. 

Benefits of ABA therapy to Children

It is a common myth that ABA therapy can only apply onto the severe end of autism spectrum. When in fact, ABA is a teaching technique. It modifies behavior step by step. In Autismilee, we apply it naturally and effectively by observing the child’s behavior, making adjustment based on his needs and breaking skills down systematically.  

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Things that ABA therapy teaches Children

ABA is a comprehensive and widely applicable training. The scope of behavioral therapy training covers: 

1. Handling behavioral problems

Behaviors include observable actions as well as things one might not see, such as feelings, thinking, emotions, etc. Behavior Therapy identifies how your child feels when experiencing specific events, how they react after the event and what could possibly trigger their behavior. Once identified, we work to teach your child new, more socially appropriate behaviors to express their thought, while reducing those inappropriate behaviors. We will then further generalize the behavior into natural settings.  

2. Learning to learn behaviors

ABA treatment focuses on training learning to learn behaviours, moulding appropriate learning attitude towards class. A good learning behaviour makes sure that they are ready for school, cooperating with peers and teacher and hence increases learning efficiency.  

3. Encourage Language Development

Children with autism face a varying degree of language deficient. In ABA therapy, we target greatly on their language development, effectively improving their pronunciation, increasing vocabulary and application in complete sentences, etc. Moreover, in Autismilee, we motivate them to communicate with others.  

4. Training social skills

Children with autism, may lack social interest and skills. ABA therapy uses different activities to spark interest and highlight the importance of social elements. As the degree of intervention vary, ABA therapists focuses on the needs of each child respectively, aiming to integrate them into peers play.

5. Improving Self-help skills

Specific daily routine and children’s inability to self-care might cause distress and frustration to parents. ABA intervention can systematically train children’s self-help skills, allowing them to handle daily affairs individually respectively. 

6. Training independence

Children with autism tend to experience difficulties in concentrating and parents might feel the need to constantly remind them to focus. ABA therapy aids by enhancing the independence of children, improving their concentration and ability to complete task by one’s self. 

7. Improve play skills

The amount of play skills can be quite limited for children with autism, especially as they include repetitive actions. ABA interventions introduces role play and imaginary play for them, with the aim to improve their play skills. Integrating them into their peer’s play and build friendships through social game.  

Our ABA works better

Through years of experience, Autismilee has developed a model that is based on the fundamental of ABA.. Numerous clients have successfully returned back to mainstreaming.

All rounded programs

Autismilee’s programs are tailor-made to target children's needs in multiple areas.

Generalization of learnt skills

Personalized programs focus on application of learnt skills in child’s daily lives.

Intensive supervision

Weekly supervision is provided in Autismilee to ensure best treatment for your child.

Constant communication

Transparency provided by Autismilee through therapists’ daily update and supervisor’s monthly clinic.

Fun learning

Autismilee promotes inserting fun elements, to make our lesson enjoyable.

Our supervisors are BCBAs

To provide the best quality of service, Autismilee’s supervisors are BCBAs or currently working towards the qualifications of BCBA. 

From a Mile to a Smile

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