During my initial few years in the field of behaviour analysis, I worked solely with very young children who had autism spectrum disorder, developmental and language delays and developmental disabilities. It was so easy for me to see the significant gains that were made every day and extremely easy for me to become passionate about early intervention. Thoroughout the years since, I have been privileged to work on new initiatives and government initiatives overseas setting up early intervention programmes. Some of these have been family supports based on the principles of ABA and others early intensive behavioural interventions. At the moment I am writing case studies and contributing to papers to spread awareness to UK peadeatricians as to the effectiveness of EIBI and to lobby the UK government.
An equal passion in my life is for those teenagers and adults who have not been provided with services to meet their needs and reach their full potential. Over the past few years we have been inundated with calls and emails from families who feel we are their very last resort. From families who desperately believe that their children or other family members are not reaching their full potential but professionals have told them there is no hope. My biggest heartbreak is the phone calls from parents or siblings of teenagers and adults who have never been taught to speak or who have very little language. I am really excited about this month's blogs and I desperately hope that we can give you a little guidance and a little light at the end of the tunnel.
So It seems that I have three passions? Early intervention, the 'on the cusp child' who always struggles somehow and never receives adequate support to thrive, and the teenager and adult who fell through the net..... Or perhaps my passion is just effective, scientifically valid support for all those in need!
Of course early intervention is always the very best path that we can take for our children, our family members and ourselves with any of our struggles, BUT it is NEVER too late to learn new skills and to put supports in place to become the very best that you can be.