AP In The Media
Autism Partnership staff (both clinical and operational) are available to make comment on a range of issues relating to autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis.
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The Age, 30 January, 2016 - New replica school helps children with autism transition into prep
New Centre Opening in Geelong - news piece in the Geelong Advertiser about Little Learners Autism Progra
RUN Melbourne, 21st July 2013
Tony Abbott ran with parents, friends, siblings and staff from Little Learners (Maidstone) in the RUN Melbourne fundraiser in July. The families raised over $54,000! To see more photos from the day click here or to read The Age article click here
2010 & 2011
A school-based intervention program, the I.D.E.A. Program in Fawkner, Victoria has generated huge interest in how to effectively include children with autism in a mainstream educational setting. See the following links for news articles.
News From Autism Partnership USA
AP's RESQ program on CNN
The Bilson family is like many other families: three kids, a cat, and a small, lovely home with lots of family photos and carved wooden wall signs with sayings like "Live, Laugh, Love." But step inside their house after 4 p.m. most weekdays and you'll want to cover your ears because of the noise -- the screaming, to be exact. These are not the shouts of sibling rivalry or parental annoyance. This is the high-pitched, ear-shattering sound of a 13-year-old girl. More accurately, it is the sound of a frustrated, irritated, very loud teenager with autism.
Finding calm in the storm: Saving my family from the chaos of autism
Living with an autistic child can leave an entire family walking on eggshells. Ten-year-old Alex Kline's struggle with a form of autism called Asperger's syndrome has consumed his entire family. His parents Tara Kennedy-Kline and Chris Kline decided to get help. A behavior consultant spent a week in their home to help them regain control. There are fewer tears around the house now, Tara Kennedy-Kline writes, but, even more important, there are more smiles.
As a mom, entrepreneur, author and coach, I have always tried to "manage" my family to keep things under control.
As part of my management strategy, we have four strict family pillars: Be respectful, be gentle, be honest and be patient. Those are the standard for our entire family -- except for my 10-year-old son, Alex. Alex has Asperger's syndrome, so he's always been given a bit more 'slack.'
Alex was becoming more violent, dismissive, rude and lazy. My husband, Chris, and I clashed over how to deal with it. My older son, Max, 12, was beyond frustrated. He did all the chores and struggled with having friends over.
My "slack" was tearing our family apart.
Then, right after I received a call from the school that Alex had barricaded himself in the classroom after biting another child at recess, I got an e-mail reply from a questionnaire I had filled out regarding a new therapy called RES-Q through a group called Autism Partnership. We would be required to open our home to one of their therapists for one week and expect miracles. Believing that everything happens for a reason, I was in!
When our therapist, Lety, arrived, I was scared to death. It wasn't so much what we had to do, but rather the knowledge that I had spent 10 years getting this boy to where he is today. How were we going to change that in a week and could we handle it?
After a day of observation, Lety told us how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) could help us. The process itself seemed simple enough.
"Alex's only responsibility is to comply with anything and everything he is asked to do, when he is asked to do it, and when he does, he is rewarded," she explained.
For instance, Alex would get tickets he could cash in for special rewards, like computer time, when he did his chores.
Wow! Really? That's it? For the first time in years, my husband and I were on the exact same page and ready to get started.
After day one, we weren't so sure anymore. We learned pretty quickly that Alex was not so willing to accept a change in his cushy routine of video games, pajamas and the occasional dictation of homework to mom. He'd never had to get himself dressed, ask permission for anything, do a chore or write a book report. We had never pushed him. We did everything for him to avoid the meltdowns and keep the peace - and he liked it that way.
But Lety immediately began modeling for us the process that would change our life completely.
That week was exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. We ricocheted from super happy highs to infuriating two-hour tantrums to deep breathing de-escalations! Every day brought as many new struggles as it did successes.
There were times when we were standing in the freezing cold in our bare feet while Alex screamed from inside our car: "Get away from me! I hate you! Leave me alone! I don't want your $%!@ tickets!" In those moments, I really did want to stop, to leave him alone and bring back the peace. But a few hours later, when we were all playing a board game and Alex wasn't throwing the play money across the room or cursing at his brother for skipping a space, I knew we were doing the right thing and our persistence was paying off.
During our week together with Lety, we each learned valuable techniques, practices and skills to take with us for life. We learned that we do not have to yell to make a point and when we make a request, that request needs to be honored before we move on to anything else.
Today, three weeks after Lety has gone, Alex is waking up to his own alarm clock, he gets himself dressed, makes his bed, feeds his dogs. He asks what he can do to earn time on the computer, does his own homework and is completing his second book report in his own handwriting.
Although those are all great milestones and big steps forward for Alex, I think the greatest reward is that not one person in our home has raised their voice in almost a month. We all feel honored and respected. And as much as we have always loved each other, we now enjoy being with each other, too!
Developing Language through Contemporary Applied Behaviour Analysis
The video above highlights the way contemporary applied behaviour analysis can be implemented to teach expressive language skills to a child with autism.
Treating Children with Autism: AirTalk "On the Road"
Host Larry Mantle (KPCC 89.3 FM) discussed autism treatment with a panel that included Dr. Ron Leaf during his December 18th show. We are providing links to the podcast for anyone who is interested in hearing the controversial discussion. As people who are familiar with Autism Partnership already know, we feel strongly about standing up for evidence-based practice in the field of autism. Some panel members made claims for treatments which are not based in science and you will hear Dr. Leaf explain why it is important to critically evaluate such claims and what are the dangers of pursuing popular treatments that are based mainly on parent-to-parent anecdotal reports.
KPCC links (requires Real Player): Hour 1 Hour 2 Audience Q&A
Or download MP3 version of entire segment
Health Talk with Dr. Manny at FOXNews
As a parent of a child with autism, Dr. Manny has heard his share of myths about autism and Dr. Ron Leaf of Autism Partnership helps clear up fact vs. fiction.
Quality of Life: A Lifespan Perspective.
Autismone Web Broadcast Feb 21 Host Dr. David Holmes, founder of the Eden Center, discusses with Ron Leaf of Autism Partnership how to ensure best outcomes in adulthood.
Dr. Lara Honos-Webb The Sweet Spot for Psychology Information
Dr. Ron Leaf is her guest on this Podcast discussing Sense and nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism. Don't be confused by Dr. Lara's inadvertent reference to ADHD, this discussion is entirely about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology
Effective Education for Autism discusses the work of Autism Partnership in assisting the Clark County, NV school district to provide Free Appropriate Public Education to children with autism.