Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based programme for intensive therapy, was started by Ole Ivar Lovaas, a Norwegian-American clinical psychologist and professor. His first research study on ABA was published in 1968. ABA has since evolved, with improved techniques and enhanced effectiveness in helping individuals learn critical functional and independent living skills.
ABA refers to a collection of procedures and strategies, designed to increase positive behaviours, teach new skills and maintain existing ones, adapt behaviours to new environments or situations, reduce behaviours that are detrimental or hinder learning and teach replacement behaviours.
ABA benefits people of all ages. For children, we recommend that they start on the programme as early as possible—the sooner they receive intervention, the better their progress and developmental outcomes.
The therapy uses the principles of learning and motivation, derived from behavioural research, to enhance socially important behaviours and quality of life for the child and parents/caregivers.
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Intervention: We understand that every child is different. Our therapists take the time to assess the child’s current skill level and requirements, and customise a programme that meets unique needs and achieve set goals.
We adopt an intensive one-on-one approach (1 therapist : 1 child) to help the child acquire skills quickly and more effectively, which they can then generalise in different settings. Our programme is data-driven, where we monitor the child’s progress on an ongoing basis and adjust the goals, as needed.
We provide ABA with a strong emphasis on understanding and building the child’s motivation to learn critical skills. It simply means that when a child is motivated, they will be more inclined to learn.
We also understand the importance of the child’s family and/or primary caregiver’s involvement in the child's intervention programme. We support parents and/or caregivers through training, relevant resources and regular communication.
Independence: We spend time getting to know the child and developing a strong rapport with them to create a positive learning experience. Our main goal is to help each child develop functional skills and foster independence.
Integration: We strongly believe that every child has the ability to reach their highest potential and should be given opportunities to learn and be successfully integrated into their school and community.
We adopt the best evidence-based practice. Led by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), our team collectively has the expertise and extensive experience in running effective ABA programmes, engaging and teaching the children, and empowering parents/caregivers by providing support and guidance as needed.
Our ABA process is as follows:
A unique advantage of Dynamics ABA is the hassle-free and seamless collaboration with an in-house multidisciplinary team of Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and Educational Therapists. Our ABA programme is outcome-based and is constantly reviewed to include all areas of adaptive living skills.
We provide one-on-one therapy sessions that can be conducted at the centre or at home to cater to the child’s needs and parents’ preferences. An option to combine centre and home-based sessions (hybrid) is also available.
We also provide a 1-year Registration Package from S$300, which includes the programme curriculum (web-based), Individualised Education Plan (IEP) and progress report (up to 2).
*Our charges do not include the therapist's travel expenses for home visits, which will be billed separately. The travel expenses, determined by the distance travelled and the therapist’s seniority level, will be communicated to the client and agreed by both parties.
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The average cost of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy in Singapore will vary, depending on the individual’s needs, type and intensity of the ABA programme required, and the seniority of the ABA therapist: technician, therapist, senior therapist, supervisor, or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
The overall fees generally cover consultation, formal assessment, treatment sessions, ongoing evaluations, and other services, such as caregiver training, etc.
ABA therapy can comprise a procedure or a combination of procedures for a more intensive and comprehensive programme. An ABA Supervisor would be able to provide a more accurate costing upon assessment. It is also recommended to look for an ABA-certified therapist or a team that’s supervised by a certified BCBA ABA therapist.
ABA is an evidence-based therapy and is considered one of the ideal therapies for children with any developmental delays and/or behavioural issues. ABA uses the principles of learning and motivations to teach functional skills, reduce problem behaviours and shape positive behaviours. Through an appropriate and timely ABA programme, a child is able to gain socially important behaviours and enhance their independence and quality of life.
Dynamics’ team of highly trained and experienced ABA Therapists is led by a BCBA master’s degree professional. Together with our multidisciplinary team of Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Education Therapists and Psychologists, our ABA team endeavours to provide seamless, holistic and personalised support and service to every child and their family.
Dynamics’ ABA programme costs* from:
Attractive packages are available depending on the number of sessions signed up each week.
ABA is an intensive programme, best practice is to have at least 15 hours a week or more, with 2-3 hour sessions each. Best results are seen when a child attends at least 3 sessions per week.