Whatever we do with you or for you, our overriding – “Big Picture” goal is to help you achieve a better quality of life for your son, daughter, Student and family, in the immediate and long term.

This isn’t just a matter of picking the right method or making behaviors come and go.  It isn’t just a matter of improving skills or “getting kids to talk” (or be quiet!).  It has to do with getting to know the individual and the family as people first  …as Mothers, Fathers, Sons and Daughters, Sisters, Brothers, Friends …as well as Caregivers, Teachers and Guides.  This Guiding Principle has as much and more to do with listening and collaborating as it does with implementing therapies.  It has to do with what your hopes and dreams are for your family.

“Citizenship” as a Means of Evaluating Quality of Life and “Best Fit” Teaching

Briefly, we look at the “citizenship” roles your son or daughter functions within.  For example, every person functions as a “Citizen” of Himself or Herself.  We define being a “Citizen of One’s Self” role as including everything from hygiene, health and nutrition skills to self-concept (“Who am I?”  “Am I helpless or capable?”  “Welcomed or unwelcomed?  Responsible for myself and/or others? etc.).  In the same way, we look at other roles a person plays:

as a citizen of a family or close relationship
…as a citizen of a classroom or play group or place of employment
…as a citizen of a community

Each of these roles carries with it a set of skills, as well as an individual or set of individuals that are there to help, teach or function along side of.  This will be different for every individual and every different role.  The skills involved may be best suited for a certain type of teaching or learning, and the persons available for teaching and guiding may also be best suited for one method over another.  There are many ways to arrive at these goals, and we feel strongly that using a single method for all of these situations will always result in some measure of inappropriateness – “bad fit,” over-extension of the therapy, or worse.

If you would like to know more about how we define and assess quality of life for individuals and their families, and how we find the appropriate match between learns, guides and methods, you are invited to follow the following links: