My Work Style
I value a relationship first, as we need to hear, accept, and trust each other in this work. So it is important to spend time with the family and understand how their life works, and what their struggles are. Then I like to discuss goals and to prioritize them. Even though it would be nice to fix everything at once, that’s not possible - so we prioritize, and then hopefully as we start seeing successes, we can take on more and more. I explain the work to the family, how we go about changing behavior, so that they understand but also so that they buy in. It’s so important for families to understand what we do. We as clinicians can come in and do our work - but when we leave, it’s the parents and family unit that stay and are living their life. If we can explain how we do what we do and coach them through doing it themselves, there’s a higher chance that they will be able to implement the plan when we are not there, which creates change so much faster.
Area of Expertise
Communication deficits, social skills deficits, verbal behavior, academic/pre-academic skills, functional skills, school-based supports, vocational skills, natural environment teaching.