Practical Support

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When practical support is recommended, we proceed with individualized sessions/consultations that include information and discussions, hands-on application including modeling, observation and feedback in your personal context/environment, and support for processes, documentation and research.

 

Information and discussion can include general information, pertinent research and theories, experiential information, and real-life examples and recommendations drawn directly from the observations and sessions occurring during the needs evaluation.

 

The hands-on modeling and observation sessions occur directly with the individuals, family, or teams, in their own environment, in order to offer specific solutions that are realistic and applicable.

Practical information and support can include, but is not limited to:

  • Information

    • Creation of individualized sessions or a personalized workshop to meet your needs

      • Firsthand accounts of autistic individual’s personal experiences

      • Proposed perspective shifting

      • Discussion of various theories including SACCADE, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, understanding behaviour and communication, sensory systems, social emotional learning and how they relate to autism or diverse needs

      • Understanding autistic thinking and how it may be impacting learning and goals

      • Breakdown of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, and practical suggestions for choosing goals

      • Real life examples

    • Explanation of public and private support systems in the human services field (school, CLSC, CRDI etc.)

    • Recommendations from various professionals in the specials needs field and community

    • Opportunities to ask your pertinent questions

 

  • Application of tools, methods and strategies in your context/environment

    • Observation and feedback sessions in your day to day life, in various environments if applicable

    • Modeling in real-time/real life situations of the various theories and tools/techniques

    • General behaviour intervention/management

    • Practice sessions to try tools, methods and strategies in the context/environment in various areas

      • changing personal behaviour patterns

      • time management

      • taking small steps towards your goals

    • Understanding and meeting needs effectively

    • How to integrate behaviour strategies into the environment effectively, respectfully and naturally

    • How to realistically integrate professional (SLP, OT etc.) recommendations into your daily reality (alternative communication, sensory programs etc.)

    • How to ensure teaching, and not only compliance

    • Gaining and maintaining joint attention of the individual instead of prompted responses

    • Teaching emotional regulation

    • Implementing structure, schedules and routines

    • Understanding and defining family member/professional roles and responsibilities, and setting boundaries between the roles

    • Providing a quality of support that maintains dignity and humanity of the individual, despite the barriers they may face

    • Creating and maintaining independence as long as possible

    • Successful techniques for integration into various environments

 

  • Processes

    • Accompaniment to team meetings (school, workplace, evaluations etc.)

    • Contact and/or visitation of various possible resources (day programs etc.)

 

  • Documentation

    • Production of intervention plans

    • Support for IEP writing and choosing of goals

    • Completion of required paperwork

 

  • Research

    • Investigation of possible resources that could address your need(s)