Treatment That Changes Lives: Evolution of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – Hong Kong

Event Details

Start date:   10 November, 2019 10:00am
End date:   10 November, 2019 5:30pm
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From 7- 10 November 2019, Autism Partnership Hong Kong has invited 4 world-renowned speakers from the United States in sharing their expertise on ASD in Taiwan, Beijing and Hong Kong. The conference will explore the key breakthroughs with the potential to significantly improve quality of life for those on the spectrum. Topics include the heart and evolution of ABA, the case against eclectic interventions, and using ABA principles in group teaching.
Five topics will be discussed in the conference:
School readiness for children with ASD The implementation of clinical judgement in AP Method The effective strategies in handling behavioural problems Teaching spontaneous communication to children with ASD Applying ABA principles in small-group teaching

Main Contents

1. The Heart of Applied Behavior Analysis

Dr. Justin Leaf (Ph.D., Director of Research)
Intensive behavioral intervention based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis has repeatedly been shown to be effective in improving functional skills, social skills, language skills, and reducing aberrant behavior for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At the heart of Applied Behavior Analysis is having the individuals whom we work with make meaningful progress which will improve their quality of life. In order for individuals diagnosed with ASD to make meaningful gains, behavioral intervention must be implemented by quality staff. The purpose of this talk is to highlight different areas in which behavioral intervention can make meaningful differences (e.g., food tolerance, bullying, language development). In doing so the presenter will provide recommendations of how to make meaningful progress so practitioners and caregivers can improve the lives of children with whom they provide treatment.
This topic is designed to give participants an overview of effective procedures that can be used with all ages and functioning levels. The case studies presented will illustrate how to work on behavior issues in various locations.

2. Using ABA Principles in Group Teaching

Toby Mountjoy  (M.Sc.BCBA, BCBA, AP Director)

It is critical that children with ASD learn how to learn in a group setting to prepare them for school and natural settings. Contrary to popular belief, ABA provides a systematic approach to learning in groups as well as 1 on 1 training. In this talk, Mr. Mountjoy will share how to identify if children are ready for group training and discuss the effective methods of how to get started and the critical areas of programming to be successful.

3. The Case Against Eclectic Interventions

Dr. John McEachin  (Ph.D., Co-founder and Director)

One of the most important research findings from the past several decades is that individuals with autism are enormously capable, but they require specialized teaching in order to learn. Some approaches have focused mainly on making accommodations such as reducing sensory stimulation, establishing routines, providing visual supports, and promoting peer tolerance of atypical behavior. The most effective approaches focus on developing skills in children with autism so that they become more competent, possess coping skills, understand how others think, and why others behave the way they do. This allows the person with autism to more effectively achieve what is important to him or her and can lead to the discovery of new sources of joy in daily life.

4.Evolution of ABA

Dr. Ronald Leaf (Ph.D., Co-founder and Director)

Years of research and clinical applications have produced a proliferation of behaviorally based intervention programs for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Though all are under the umbrellas of ABA, often originating from the same seminal efforts, divergent directions in philosophy, conceptualization and application have often been followed between and within these various types of ABA programs. The sometimes subtle and sometimes substantial disparities that may be found between some Applied Behavior Analysis approaches to treating persons with ASD. Drawing from over 40 years of research and clinical application of Applied Behavior Analysis, Dr. Leaf will share the strategies that Autism Partnership has developed over decades and that have helped children reach their potential.

Event Details

Date: 10 November, 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Chiang Chen Studio Theatre
Topics: 1. The Heart of Applied Behavior Analysis 2. Using ABA Principles in Group Teaching 3. The Case Against Eclectic Interventions 4. Evolution of ABA
Language: English (with simultaneous translation to Cantonese)


Continue Education Credits

Organization Professionals Credit Points
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board BCBA/BCaBA 7
Social Workers Registration Board (Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers) Social Workers 7.5
Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists Speech Therapists 7.5
The Hong Kong Psychological Society Educational Psychologist 6
The Hong Kong Psychological Society Clinical Psychologist 6



Original Price HKD 1380 (USD 177)


Early Bird Discounts (price per person) (Deadline: 31 October, 2019)
Individuals: HKD 1200 (USD 155)
Parents of child with ASD: HKD 850 (USD 110)
Groups of 2 pax or above: HKD 800 (USD 103)
Groups of 10 pax or above: HKD 750 (USD 97)
  • For group registration and enquiry, please email to (Group payment is only supported by bank transfer)

Meet Our speakers and Panelists:

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.

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.

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