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Hard-earned Improvements 2018-01-24

Hard-earned Improvements

 At first, we thought Yat's development was perfectly normal because he was able to call "Dad" and "Mum" as early as about one year and a few months. However, we could no longer see any further improvements later on. What made us even more helpless was his diagnosis with Autism when he was two and a half years old.

At that moment, I was very worried about my son's condition and tried my best to arrange proper training for him. However, the information provided by the hospital was not comprehensive enough, which made it difficult for me to search for appropriate training programmes for Yat. As I had to take care of all his developmental needs, it felt as if every single moment I was fighting a battle. Yat did not like changes and so he was rather reluctant in adapting to new environments. I needed to inform him in advance about the schedule for the day in order to prepare him psychologically, so that he would be less resistant. Otherwise, there might be an emotional outburst from him and by then we could do nothing to alleviate the situation.

Later, I applied for the ABA treatment programme at APF for Yat. Surprisingly, he did not overreact. By receiving intensive training, he achieved improvements in various aspects, such as responding to instructions, cognitive skills and making eye contact. He even learnt some new vocabulary. What made me feel most grateful and relieved was his successful adaptation to new environments and his friendship with the therapist.

I want to convey my heartfelt gratitude to both APF and Elaine the therapist. Now, Yat is much more spontaneous in expressing his own ideas, which allows me to know what he has learnt in school. These might seem small matters to others, but to Yat and I, they are all hard-earned.

 

(Recorded by APF)