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Wan's Mother Voice: "It's worth everything to see the improvement from my son." 2016-06-27

Wan was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 4 and this year, he will be turning 5. Wan's mother knew he was behind a lot of things and desperately sought for the most suitable treatment for her son. 

Before Wan came to Autism Partnership Foundation, Wan's mother has sent Wan to different private therapy centers, but each therapy session costed $800 to $1000 dollars and lasted only for 45 to 60 minutes. It was a financial burden for low-income families like Wan’s. What is worse was that therapy sessions were held only once a week, and worked only on language and motor skills. The outcome was not significant.

Wan's mother has tried different methods on her own to improve Wan's conditions, but has never been successful. Fortunately, she found out about the services available at Autism Partnership Foundation from Wan's school. She attended the parents’ session organized by APF and learned about ABA. To get the best out of ABA treatment, she has quit her job to send Wan from Shau Kei Wan childcare center to Aoi Pui School in Hung Hom every day. It was tough work, but Wan's mother found it worth doing because she finally saw the tremendous improvement Wan made.

After having received the one month of intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment provided by APF, Wan's mother was relieved to see the improvement her son made. Wan's communication skills have improved significantly. Before starting the ABA treatment, Wan cried to express his needs and threw tantrums, unable to express in words. By the time he completed the one-month ABA training, he learned to express his needs. For example, he would say, “I don't want you to go!” and hugged his mum before lesson. Wan’s mother was touched by these changes made by her son.

Wan's improvement in communication skills helped his social ability. He used to play alone and did not interact with others. ABA training encouraged Wan to communicate with others using simple words, and Wan started to construct and articulate simple sentences. For example, “I have the same toy.” or “This toy is not pretty.”

In terms of emotional control, Wan showed a rapid progress. When he had difficult homework, he used to cry and refused in working on it. After the training, he learned to control his emotion and express his feeling smoothly, “This question is too difficult and I don’t know how to solve it.”

Furthermore, he showed improvement in his concentration and learning ability. He had poor eye contact skills and that often resulted in miscommunications. After the training, his concentration ability improved, and he started to make eye contact while speaking with others.

Wan used to be poor at mathematics; he was able to count but he couldn't answer when asked the number of objects. Quincy, his Senior Behavioral Therapist spotted his problems and provided appropriate training and now Wan can answer the number of objects correctly.

Wan's mother said this is the very first time she has dealt with ASD in her family, and she was lacking of knowledge about it. While Wan did not exhibit strong obsessions or any clear behavioral abnormality, Wan's mother admitted that she didn’t arrange necessary assessment and adequate treatment early enough. She recommends parents to spend more time with their children so they can spot if their children have learning and social difficulties. And as soon as the parents notice their children's problems, they should promptly seek for professional assistance to avoid any delay.

Finally, Wan's mother would like to express her gratitude to Autism Partnership Foundation. She says it is very important and precious for low-income families like hers. She also says she can't appreciate Quincy and Susan, the two professional therapists, enough for their patience and supports.