A child with learning differences may overwhelm even the most competent and experienced parents. Many families find it helpful to enlist the services of an autism consultant to help them explore, understand, plan, and implement interventions that address their child’s and their family’s needs.
“Respect and value your instincts about your child – never ignore them, no matter what anyone tells you. Holding a loved one’s life in your hands means that you have to accept a position of power even when you don’t want it. You must become an advocate for your child, even if it means standing alone against the world.”— Karen Siff Exhorn
Deb Berrang and Jennifer Lemke-Pawlak of Dynamic Connections help families identify their needs, concerns, and goals for intervention, then design an intervention plan that specifically works toward those goals. Their approach is family-centered and designed to support family-directed interventions at home.
During your initial meeting, Deb and/or Jennifer will listen and learn about your family and your needs. They provide support and guidance as you work together to develop a family-centered home program, implemented by you, the parents, that helps establish positive routines in your home, reduce overall stress levels, and target any specific needs in relation to your child’s learning difference. These services can occur through a combination of face-to-face, phone/Skype calls, and/or videotape reviews. Each program is carefully designed to meet each individual family’s needs. The family consultation program is a great starting point for families who would like individualized support but are not yet ready for or interested in participating in the formal RDI® Program.
A family consultation program may include:
- Intake meeting to discuss your child’s and family’s needs
- Development of an individualized home intervention program, with training and follow-up in its implementation
- Development of appropriate visual aids and teaching tools to support you and your child in your home program
- Coaching and modeling as needed, through direct observation and video review
- Home, telephone, Skype, and office sessions as needed to help you implement, fine tune and problem solve the home program with your child
Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) Administration and Interpretation
The Social Responsiveness Scale is a 65-item questionnaire completed by parents, teachers, and/or other care providers who are familiar with the child’s current behavior and developmental history.
- Use in developing education and intervention programs
- Use as part of reevaluation to monitor the effectiveness of interventions over time
- Appropriate for use with children 4 to 18 years old
- Covers common ASD/autism characteristics and deficiencies:
- Interpersonal behavior
- Repetitive, perseverative, and ritualized behavior
- Total score plus sub-scores in 5 areas:
- Social awareness
- Social cognition
- Social communication
- Social motivation
- Autistic mannerisms
For more information, contact Dynamic Connections.