Our Approach

We approach ALL individuals with empathy, patience, and a desire toward understanding.

 

Here are some strategies we encourage and follow ourselves:

 

  1. Education: Learn about this individual. Understand their strengths, challenges, and sensory sensitivities. If applicable, work with specialists who understand the individuals’ diagnostic profile.  This knowledge will help you adapt your approach. 
  2. Create a safe and inclusive environment: Establish a calm and predictable environment that reduces sensory overload. Minimize distractions and provide a quiet, designated space where the individual can feel comfortable and secure.
  3. Communicate clearly: Use clear and concise language. We strongly recommend using Declarative Language whenever possible. Give instructions in a step-by-step manner and allow time for processing and responding. Visual aids, such as visual schedules or social stories, can be helpful for comprehension.
  4. Respect their individuality: Recognize that every person is unique and has their own preferences and needs. Respect and embrace their strengths, interests, and special talents. Provide opportunities for self-expression and encourage their autonomy.
  5. Learn what motivates the individual: Keep in mind that different individuals respond better to different types of motivation, such as verbal praise or a preferred activity as a reward. Others prefer autonomy.
  6. Practice flexibility: Be flexible and adaptable in your approach. Accommodate the individual's sensory needs, learning style, and individualized support requirements. Adjust your expectations and goals to ensure they are realistic and achievable for the individual.
  7. Foster social inclusion: Encourage peer interactions and provide opportunities to engage with others. Support their social skills development by modeling appropriate social behaviors and facilitating structured social activities. Create a supportive environment where understanding and acceptance are promoted.
  8. Collaborate with parents, caregivers, partners and professionals: Maintain open communication and collaborate with the individual's parents, caregivers, partner and other professionals involved in their care. Share observations, strategies, and progress to ensure consistency and continuity of support for the individual.

Remember, every individual is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to approach each person as an individual and be responsive to their specific needs and preferences.

Dr. Bowers playing with a child