We are founded by GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERTS
The founders of Autism Partnership are current world-renowned authorities in the treatment of autism. Their quality standards and high expectations are aspirations of all fellow practitioners. Having contributed significantly to seminal works including books, research publications, and scientific conferences since the 1970s, they also provide consultations to school districts and families worldwide.
Dr. Ronald Leaf is a licensed psychologist who has over forty years of experience in the field of autism. Dr. Leaf began his career working with Professor Ivar Lovaas, while receiving his undergraduate degree at UCLA. Subsequently, he received his doctorate under the direction of Prof. Lovaas. During his years at UCLA, he served as Clinic Supervisor, Research Psychologist, Lecturer and Interim Director of the Young Autism Project. He was extensively involved in several research investigations, contributed to “The Me Book”, and is a co-author of “The Me Book” Videotapes, a series of instructional tapes for teaching autistic children.
Dr. Leaf has consulted to families, schools, day programs and residential facilities on a national and international basis. Dr. Leaf is also the Executive Director of Behavior Therapy and Learning Centre, a mental health agency that consults with parents, care-providers and school personnel. Dr. leaf is co-author of “A Work In Progress”, “Time for School”, “It Has to Be Said”, “Crafting Connections” and “A Work In Progress Companion Series”.
John McEachin is a licensed psychologist who has been providing behavioral intervention to children with autism as well as adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities for more than forty years. He received his graduate training under Professor Ivar Lovaas at UCLA on the Young Autism Project. During his 11 years at UCLA, Dr. McEachin served in various roles including Clinic Supervisor, Research and Teaching Assistant, and Acting Director. His research has included the long-term follow-up study of young autistic children who received intensive behavioral treatment, which was published in 1993.
In 1994 he joined with Ron Leaf in forming Autism Partnership, which they co-direct. In 1999 they published A Work in Progress, a widely used behavioral treatment manual and curriculum for children with autism. Dr. McEachin has lectured throughout the world and co-authored numerous books and research articles. He consults regularly to families, agencies, and school districts, assisting in the development of treatment programs and providing training to parents, group home staff, and classroom personnel.
Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. With over 25 years of experience working with individuals with ASD, he has been extensively trained by Dr. Ronald Leaf, Dr. Mitchell Taubman and Dr. John McEachin. Besides overseeing the Autism Partnership operation in Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Kuwait and Beijing, with over 500 staff, including psychologists, consultants and therapists, he has also provided consultations to school districts, agencies, and families worldwide. Mr. Mountjoy has also contributed chapters to publications such as “Sense & Nonsense” and “It’s Time for School”. In 2007, he founded the charitable Autism Partnership Foundation and AP School to offer more services for children with Autism.
Our Consultants are HIGHLY QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED
Our team of consultants are comprised of doctorate and master degree holders, clinical psychologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) with many years of experience in planning and implementing Intensive Behavioral Treatment.
What is Certified Progressive Behavior Analyst – Autism Professional™ (CPBA-AP) Credential
An accredited certification for evaluating if a professional meets the highest standards in demonstrating proficiency in the content of a progressive approach to ABA as it relates to individuals diagnosed with ASD.
This certification program is designed for professionals with a minimum of 10,000 hours (approximately 5 years full-time) experience in ABA with concentration in autism.
What is BCBA?
BCBA stands for “Board Certified Behavior Analyst”. A board certified behavior analyst is certified through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. There are three distinctions for certified behavior analysts: BCaBA, BCBA, BCBA-D.
All certified behavior analysts have completed coursework specific to behavior analysis, completed required supervised field work experience, and passed a board exam. BCBAs are required to hold a minimum of a master’s degree in their field.
Dr. Angel Au is a Registered Clinical Psychologist of Hong Kong Psychological Society and has undergone doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. She has received extensive training and on-going supervision from Dr. B. J. Freeman, a world-renowned diagnostician in Autism Spectrum Disorder. After completing the Clinical Training of Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule (ADOS) in 2003, which is a well-regarded as gold standard in diagnosing ASD, Dr. Au has also completed the ADOS Advanced Research training, from the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Centre in 2011. Her doctoral thesis was on early identification of the more able children with ASD in mainstream preschool settings. She specializes in assessing individuals on the milder end of the spectrum and has more than 14 years of experience in diagnosing individuals from toddlerhood to middle-age adults. Other than ASD, Dr. Au also assesses a wide array of individuals with different diagnosis, including Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorders, Global Developmental Delay and individuals with various behavioral challenges.
Ms. Lai-Kan Wong is a Certified Progressive Behavior Analyst (Autism Professional), a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. She embarked on her journey with Autism Partnership in 2001. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience working with children across different settings, including individual therapy sessions, small group training, and ABA classrooms. Ms. Wong is now responsible for overseeing Autism Partnership centers in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai, and she provides clinical support to consultants in different offices.
Dr. Raymond Fung holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Bristol, a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. His doctoral thesis explored Progressive ABA, Autism and Technology. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been teaching individuals with autism and training professionals for over 20 years.
Dr. Yvonne Cheung is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (St Cloud State University), and a Doctoral degree in Education (The University of Bristol).
Yvonne joined Autism Partnership in 2003. She has extensive experience educating children, teenagers, and adults with autism. She had worked as a Behavioral Consultant at AP School since 2017. She is experienced in supervising cases and classrooms, designing individualized education programs, and providing teacher and parent training. She has also helped many students to adapt to local mainstream and international schools.
Yvonne had experience providing school consultations, parent and teacher training, and presenting about effective teaching strategies in Singapore, China, United Arab Emirates, and Russia.
Currently, Yvonne is a Behavioral Consultant for Autism Partnership and the Director of Research for Autism Partnership Foundation.
Dr. David Fischer received a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University, USA, advised by Dr. Sandra Harris. Since 1999, he was worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and with individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Marcus Institute in Atlanta, Georgia working in the severe behavior unit, short-term-out-patient clinic, feeding disorders unit, and early intervention clinic. From 2007 – 2011, he trained public school teachers to instruct and manage the behavior of their students diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. He also was the clinical coordinator of the Asperger’s College Program, which provides support services to Rutgers students diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder.
Ms. Teri Mok obtained her Master degree in Early Childhood Education in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She joined Autism Partnership in 2002 and began working as a Program Specialist. She is experienced in working with children across different settings, including therapy session, small group training and ABA Classrooms. Moreover, she also helped conducting workshop for professionals in Mainland China and Hong Kong since 2013. Since 2014, Ms. Mok has been helping to set up an office in Manila, Philippine. She has been helping to design individualized programs, supervise cases, train local staffs, conduct school observation, provide parents and helpers training, and meet new families at AP Manila office. Currently, she is one of the Behavioral Consultant in our new established AP Beijing center.
Ms. June Tam holds a Master of Social Sciences in Psychology of Education from City University of Hong Kong. She has over 13 years of experience working with children with ASD across different settings including individual therapy session and group training. In 2007, Ms Tam took up the role as a Lead Teacher in AP School. For the past 8 years in AP School, she helped students learning in a big group setting and implementing individualized programs in both Chinese and English speaking classes. Her professional experiences include designing Individualized Education Plan (IEP), supervising cases and providing training to parents.
Ms. Christy Lai is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ms. Lai joined Autism Partnership (AP) in 2011 and she has extensive experience in working with children with ASD. Ms. Christy Lai currently take lead of the case supervision in the new established AP Beijing center. At the same time, she oversees the Little Learners program in Hong Kong and Shanghai and consults families in Asia. She directs overseas training to staff in the Train the Trainer program and provides parent education to families with children with ASD. She also conducts Jumpstart and PIIP programs locally and internationally. In additions, she is keen to take part in overseas ASD conferences and take lead of the design and production of AP teaching materials. Moreover, she helps with producing ABA training videos and articles in the APSPARKS website for public education.
Mr. Justin Cho is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Masters of Applied Disability Studies in ABA from Brock University, Canada. He joined Autism Partnership in 2009 and has accumulated many years of experience in working directly with children of ASD in one-on-one, social groups, school shadow and Little Learners.
Mr. Ambrose Cheung is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Education in Endicott College and a Bachelor of Psychology with Honors from the University of Sydney, Australia. Mr. Cheung is experienced in providing one-on-one therapy and group sessions to individuals with ASD.
Ms. Winkie Ng is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Education in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College. Ms. Ng is experienced in providing one-on-one therapy, group sessions, parent training in Accelerate Program. Winkie is also responsible in providing overseas therapy, shadowing for kindergarten schools. In addition, Ms. Ng has been involving in the Train the Trainer Program and conducting Jumpstart Program. Since 2020, she has been supporting AP Training Director, Raymond Fung, to design individualized programs, supervise cases and train new clinical staff in Sparks training program. She also partakes in the production of ABA training videos and materials for AP’s ABA resource platform. Currently, she receives ongoing training from Dr. Angel Au (Clinical Psychologists) and Mr. Toby Mountjoy (AP Director).
Ms. Smitty Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Science and Human Development from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She has experience in working with children in both one-on-one therapy sessions and group settings. Smitty has also provided shadow-aide support for children in mainstream schools and collaborating well with the school and family. Additionally, she has also conducted Parent Training, Train the Trainer and Jumpstart Programs for both local and international families. She is also an active member in supporting the development of our AP Sparks Resources platform.
Ms. Jane Lai is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Master of Education in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology from The University of Hong Kong. She has experience in working with children in both one-on-one and group settings, social groups and school shadowing. Her responsibilities also include Parent Training, Train the Trainer and Jumpstart Programs for both local and international families. She is also an active member in supporting the development of our APSPARKS Resources platform.
Mr. Frederick Chan is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology) degree from University of Melbourne, Australia, Master of Social Science from University of Hong Kong and Master of Education in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College.
Ms Sanna Kontinen is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Master’s Degree in Language and Communication Impairment in Children from the UK’s University of Sheffield.
Renee Pang holds a Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Monash University, Australia. She joined Autism Partnership, Singapore, in 2010 and worked with children on both one-on-one and group settings and provided shadow-aide support in mainstream schools. In 2013, Renee became a Program Supervisor where she worked on designing and tailoring curriculum for the child’s needs under the supervision of the consultants. Additionally, she also ran social groups in mainstream schools and collaborated with teachers and principals to devise integration plans. Renee also provides staff and parent training sessions locally and overseas. She is also fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Since 2019, Renee currently works with Autism Partnership, Hong Kong, to provide consultation, parent training, and staff training for clients in Shanghai.
Ms. Daria Lee-Romanova is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. She is experienced in working with children across different settings including individual therapy session and small group training in Accelerate Program. She has extensive experience working with young children with autism in one-on-one and group settings; parent and staff education training. Daria is also responsible for providing overseas therapy, currently she is working in the Philippines, Manila. Ms. Lee-Romanova has also helped training staff in Hong Kong, Korea and Russia.
Ms. Robin Ng is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology Applied) degree from Durham University, a Master of Sciences in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences from King’s College London, and a Master of Education in Autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis from Endicott College.
Staff Training and On-going Staff Support is Integral to APM
AP is devoted to training our staff to become a dedicated group of empathetic and compassionate clinicians who provide quality APM treatment. Our goal is to create positive, life-long changes for children with ASD and their families.
A Team of EMPATHETIC AND COMPASSIONATE Clinicians
Our frontline staff /Therapists plays a key role in the success of our agency. They work with our families and children in one-on-one, group and school settings, and carry out program goals as identified by our Supervisors and Consultants.
All our therapists must go through a 4-month (approximately 600 hours) pre-service didactic and practicum training before they can provide direct line therapy for our families. They will then receive intensive and ongoing training for about 200 hours every year thereafter by local and overseas experts in the field.
Training Academy - 4 Months Pre-service Intensive Training and Orientation
AP is the only agency in Hong Kong that provides an extensive in-house APM training program. All new therapists must go through a 4-month (approximately 600 hours) pre-service didactic and practicum training before they can provide direct line therapy for our clients. Training and orientation are in the form of lectures, case studies, role-play, case observations, and practical hands-on sessions closely monitored by our Consultants.
Our therapists receive over 600 hours of induction training and 1:1 supervision by our Supervisors and Consultants in their first year on the job. Thereafter, staffs continue to receive over 200 hours of supervision per year with weekly supervisions, regular clinics and team meetings specific to the child they are working with. Weekly supervisions allow us to monitor and evaluate the quality of our services, and track progress of our students.
All therapists are required to attend monthly training sessions to further their knowledge and enhance skills. On-the-job trainings are both didactic and practical, consisting of lectures, case studies, videos, evaluations, and role-play.
Our therapists are formally evaluated through supervision and review meetings with the Consultants on an ongoing basis. Evaluations are based on therapists’ practical skills, programming skills, work attitude, communication skills, organization skills as well as professionalism and leadership skills.