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ABA Benefits

Why ABA?

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ABA therapy can help children make meaningful changes in many critical areas of their development. ABA focuses on:

  • Increasing desirable behaviours, e.g. on-seat behaviour, eye contact or group participation
  • Teaching a new skill, e.g. using a spoon
  • Maintaining existing skills, e.g. reading sight words that were learned previously
  • Generalising or transferring skills/behaviour across time, people and different situations
  • Reducing interfering/challenging behaviours and teaching replacement behaviours

Children who have received help through the ABA Programme would be able to improve their skills in areas, such as:

  • On-seat behaviour
  • Attending and scanning skills
  • Building eye contact
  • Responding to own name
  • Following simple instructions
Communication & Language Skills
  • Spontaneous requesting
  • Understanding language (receptive language)
  • Using language (expressive language and functional use of language)
  • Building vocabulary
  • Answering questions
  • Engaging meaningfully with toys
  • Building independent leisure/play skills
  • Pretend play
  • Understanding social cues and rules
  • Participating in interactive play with others and in group activities
  • Turn-taking skills
  • Initiating interactions
  • Socialising with peers
Self-help Skills
  • Toileting
  • Dressing, e.g. wearing clothes/shoes
  • Feeding, e.g. drinking from a cup or using a spoon/fork
  • Packing/Unpacking
  • Making simple meals
  • Grooming, e.g. washing, bathing, tooth brushing or combing
  • Tolerating new/aversive activities, e.g. nail cutting
  • Self-regulatory behaviour
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Spelling
Motor Skills
  • Gross motor skills, e.g. walking, climbing, jumping, balancing or throwing a ball
  • Fine motor skills, e.g. appropriate grips, pencil skills, colouring or cutting with scissors
  • Lack of compliance
  • Disruptive behaviours, e.g. throwing things
  • Aggression towards others
  • Self-injurious behaviour
  • Tantrums
  • Rigidity
  • Self-stimulatory behaviour

ABA in Singapore

ABA is also recognised in Singapore as one of the most effective early intervention methods. According to the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH)’s AMS-MOH Clinical Practice Guideline 1/2010, the ABA, also known as the Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI), has been rated Grade A (Level of Recommendation) and Level 1++ (Level of Evidence).