One of the big things is that I now have 3 clinics that I work at. I'm still at my main clinic and still at my school clinic but I have added a third clinic which is the reason for this blog post today.
My third clinic is located at Silver Linings Neurodevelopment and I am thrilled to pieces to be a part of such a unique and fabulous place! I work with several types of people, something I have not been used to as I have been solo for nearly 20 years, hence it was time for a change.
I have the privilege of working with psychologists, ABA therapists, speech therapy (ST), and psychometrists. Plus a well oiled front office who help me in all kinda ways. All of these people make up an incredible team that I am very proud to be a part of. A team that has become quite necessary especially with the autism epidemic and the rise is many other issues with our sweet kids.
Now, onto my point . . .
Several 'hundred' years ago, I was providing Occupational Therapy (OT) services to several facilities across my city, before I set up an official clinic, and I found myself working along side several ABA therapists. Now, we pediatric OT's tend to be very free spirited, kind of going with the flow, and I especially go with the flow of my OT kids as I find the more you force the less they tend to do. So when I came across this ABA stuff a 'hundred' years ago, I was taken back as the way it was done then seemed a bit harsh and not at all floated along my free spirited lines.
Fast forward to the present . . . now that I have been educated and have had the privilege of working around, talking about, and seeing the implementation of ABA therapy, I stand corrected and see the huge benefits of this therapy as part of the team approach to our special needs kids.
Let me explain it from OT terms . . .
The speech therapist that I get to work alongside is a gem to say the least and I love having impromptu discussions with her about mutual patients or patients we want to refer to each other. We have had many discussions about certain behaviors that can and have hindered our carefully planned out OT and ST treatment meant to meet the goals of the kids as well as their parents.
Some of the behaviors that we have come across can be so hindering to progress in our treatment sessions that we immediately turn to our ABA therapy people for help. It is not uncommon for my ST buddy and me to put our therapy on hold so that the behaviors can get sorted out with the ABA therapist so that the child can have the best shot at successful OT and ST sessions and I'm here to tell you, those ABA folks are awesome!