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13% When my son Norden was four years old he began to exhibit some concerning behaviors. I was worried. Even with all my experience I went through all the stages of uncertainty, denial, and worry that I had seen other mothers go through.
Norden’s situation wasn’t extreme, but it was concerning.
My entire professional life has been immersed in learning how to help kids, and how to help their parents. That’s what “behavior analysts” do. At the simplest level we analyze behavior and create a plan to create new behaviors. At the deepest level we become part of the family.
4% The most valuable thing I can share is my perspective. I’ve had a lifetime of experiences and witnessed the transformation of thousands of children.
I began my career working in the field as a behavior analyst. After the company I worked for filed for bankruptcy, I decided to start my own company, with my husband Samuel.
That was 1999. We started in our kitchen, just the two of us. After 20 years and helping over 20,000 families, we have autism centers worldwide.
My highest core value is unconditional love. I know that anybody reading this book will know that this book is written from the heart.
I understand children are so much more than the labels we put in front of them. I understand that children who are diagnosed with autism are far more than just “kids with autism.” They’re artists, athletes, and dancers. They’re friends. They’re multi-faceted just like the rest of us. I truly understand.
6% There is always a reason for hope. No matter what your situation now, it’s not as bad as you think. No matter where you are now in life, I can assure you one thing. You’re going to have some of the best days of your life, and some of the worst. The trick is knowing which is which.
Parents of children who’ve been diagnosed being somewhere on the autism spectrum only have a sample size of ‘one child’ to learn from.
< My Thoughts > “…only one child to learn from.”
In her book Doris explains that she opens group homes with a family setting model. The children are under the supervision of experienced practitioners who follow her program. Each child living in her home has an individual plan designed specifically for them. In order to know how to best address these severe behaviors, trained professionals develop systematic and descriptive behavioral assessments, functional analyses and intervention methods to help the child make positives changes in his or her behavior. This is a process which may take many months, even a year or more to accomplish. Autism is a lifelong diagnosis, but with successful intervention many children go on to become productive adults.
7% This isn’t some new age, psycho-babble, feel good strategy. This is science. Helping the parents first is part of the strategic plan to help the children. Think about it.