Ling Chih Chong, M.Sc., BCBA

Ling is the first Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who came back to Malaysia in 2015. While working towards her certification, Ling gained valuable experiences within the field in the UK, Kuwait and then Hong Kong prior to her return home. In her first few years back in Malaysia, she found the awareness of behaviour analysis low and surrounded by misconceptions. She started small, providing behavioural services with a center that believed in ABA as a fundamental treatment for children with Autism, while working on getting her team credentialed. She talked in organizations, schools and universities, spreading word of Applied Behaviour Analysis and the importance of getting the credential to facilitate the delivery of proper, high quality services that help clients improve, in line with the first ethical principle of Behaviour Analysis - to do no harm. Therefore, Ling started Behaviour Analysis Academy (B.A.A.) the first institute in Malaysia as well as South East Asia, as a stepping stone towards having ABA in this country, on the right track to help everyone in need of evidence-based treatment. Ling strive to make the academy Malaysia's leading institute to develop and provide world-class Behaviour Analysis and courses to ensure the consumers of the practice of ABA receive evidence-based, data-driven, high quality and professional conduct from behaviour analysis practitioners.

Repetitive and Restricted Behaviours

Date: November 16, 2019 (Saturday)                                                                    Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Repetitive (or stereotypic) behaviour is reported as being one of the most difficult aspects of Autism by parents. These behaviours include but not limited to hand flapping, body rocking, scripting as well as spinning a toy closely in front of eyes over and over again. Repetitive behaviours can interfere and inhibit one's learning and socialization with peers. However, not all repetitive behaviours should be blocked and reduced. In this presentation, Ling will talk about the social significance of repetitive behaviour: which repetitive behaviour should be targeted and which should not be targeted. Studies have found that strategies derived from the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) are effective at reducing repetitive behaviours. These strategies include functional communication training (FCT), environmental enrichment strategies, differential reinforcement, and response interruption and redirection. An overview of these strategies will be presented.