Awesome AutismNDIS Funded Therapy for Awesome Kids
Is your child having sensory, behavioural, emotional or social issues associated with autism? We help kids and parents understand autism as well as learn and develop ways to cope with it better. NDIS registered provider serving the greater Ipswich area. For your awesome.
Helping you handle ASD better
We work with the parents to respond to the challenging behaviour of children with ASD 7+. We develop a plan to understand, handle and implement change to address sensory and behavioural concerns. And appreciate your awesome. My super power is developing good fun relationships with kids. They love me coming.
It starts with relationship
Everything I do works off relationship with the kids loving me coming, and building in the therapy learnings from there. Books, games, activities and the Secret Agent Society make for a world of difference. But, at its heart, it’s relationship, and keeping you in the loop. Explaining Functional Behavioural Analysis to you, understanding Autism and related sensory issues. I now know the patient results of my therapeutic outcomes for a range of difficult cases. And I am now confident in my process and the trust to which I was so inordinately yet graciously granted in the beginning despite my newness to the field, I continue to remain humble and very thankful. Sometimes less is indeed more. Never underestimate the power of the minimum dose of ‘therapy’ as being exactly the bees knees. Because inherently the weakness of therapy is intrinsically I am saying there is something defective in you that needs to be fixed, that this is why I am turning up. That doesn’t go down well, does it. So don’t do that. The trick is, to still do something, because you don’t want to reduce to be ‘just playing games’, marking time. We still get paid. Which also can happen, can’t it. So don’t do that either. There’s a balance that must be walked. And their sense of agency respected in the process is the therapy too. It’s really about them and their buy in. Kids know this. It is really radical unconditional positive regard with a push thrown in (which they want/allow/or reject). This can take time.
I work in front of kids and parents. You get to see exactly what I do and what is or isn’t working. So I am always geared to it working! Not that you can force things. I am a patient worker, succeeding where others may fail, prioritizing relationship, while working in the therapy intervention/change I am looking for them to notice. I call it Notice Therapy which develops their sense of agency and control. “What happened? What did you notice?”, exploring and raising focus through question, curiosity and statement because I am interested in shifting their focus to that which has now been named, and wanting them to pick up and run with it. Because I am going, over time, keep focusing, keep playing, keep toying but not blaming or harping or demanding, the thing deep down they know they want. To be going better. That’s the side I am on. Theirs. They just don’t necessarily know it. Or actually they do. That’s why they respect me. I’m relevant. Nudging. Risking. Less is more. Success is theirs to claim. Which is the point isn’t it.
Thank you Debra Tew, Jed Baker, Secret Agent Society, Michelle Garnett, Tony Attwood, We Series Social Skills book set, A 5 Can Make Me Lose Control Series, Social Stories and my wonderful participants and families for continuing to instruct, fascinate, challenge and inspire me in the work we do together.
Social Skills Training
Autism can have awesome upsides. Developing social skills, learning to manage emotions better, and Theory of Mind are ways we engage with their world to make their life the really awesome it can truly be. Get your child back. Watch them grow. To be their best self. Awesome.
Medication is a Conversation
If there is one strength I bring apart from the ability to develop strong working relationships with kids, it is my ability to have robust, informative, empowering conversations re your options with medications and specialists. You want your specialists to be responsive and listen. Medication is often trial and error, and feedback/conversation and feeling heard are vital to getting the recipe right. I don’t pull punches.
It would be great if there was a magic pill and you could take it and it just worked perfectly. I am not saying that can’t happen. What I am saying is when you assume/hypnotise your self into that commitment to an ‘expert’ being the expert (which would be great!), the journey to awareness of that limitation is more painful than need be. Don’t weaken possibility. Be involved. Be prepared to challenge or even reject advice. You owe it to you.
I am learning
I said over 2 years ago to a parent that I am new to this line of work with Autism and I was actively seeking supervision from a very experienced clinician. This mother said to me that sometimes professionals and specialists with experience, the whole nine yards, didn’t listen to her, that in fact it was a hindrance. She said I did listen to her, which was true. She valued that, and I valued what she said to me. One danger the professional (apart from thinking we know the answers) is we lose the ability to be human in face of suffering. The antidote requires we work at staying human rather than getting lost into our artifice. I hope I remain human, accessible and real for you, as well as be the best professional I can and responsive to the primary data source. You.
How we Target Relief
You help us get therapy right. Your feedback guides what conversation is being useful and how professional assistance and advice stays on target. We stay centred on listening to you and tracking progress until we get the outcomes you want. We’ve learnt it is really teamwork that makes for great therapy and counselling that brings much needed relief. We are a mobile NDIS registered provider serving the greater Ipswich, Springfield and nearby Brisbane regions.