I have created a way of working with people who are “wired differently” called Integrated NeuroSensory Processing (INSP). This holistic systems-based approach integrates biological, psychological, social, cognitive, and relational theories and interventions. With INSP, we focus on strengths and reinforce them as they arise, marking and celebrating each small step along the way.
Together parents, children, and I co-create fun experiments to discover how much and what kinds of supports are needed for change to happen. In other words, please DO try this at home.
In those times when you are getting conflicting advice or complex recommendations, I assist parents by distilling out the most essential points into everyday terms, by explaining the implications for the family and collaborating with other professionals directly for optimum clarity as needed.
My greatest triumph is when a parent starts to take delight in joyful moments with their child, loving and accepting them as they are. I help parents learn how it is possible for their child to develop skills that will help them thrive in a productive life, engage as an active part of their community, and love the life they live.
I meet children where they are, as they are, in each moment. As a fellow native of these foreign worlds, I know this territory. Together we go exploring.
Gradually, as a child begins to invite me along on adventures, she shares her world. I am initiated into her own distinct internal culture, conventions, and methods. In getting the lay of the land, I begin to see the struggles and frustrations, the detours and the bluffs. I don’t “rescue” her, instead I serve as a resourceful scout.
I am continuously surveying for a variety of signs and signals to guide our direction. I am watchful, observing for indicators like:
As things open up, we explore how each of us perceives what is happening. We decode some of your child’s interpretations and perspectives, as well as discuss how that same experience might seem to someone else. We construct ways of linking her world and your world, then expand her understanding of the world around her.
Over time we create a shared language, a shared way of working together. Like detectives on the case, looking for clues, we deduce what seems to be working and what isn’t working so well. Like scientists, we identify one small thing that might be ideal for a new approach and we try an experiment. We all get to co-create the experiments to ensure that we agree on treatment objectives and priorities. Each experiment tells us something more about untangling our mystery. Our findings help us build a roadmap of paths and pitfalls. And all along the way we learn to celebrate every little gain we have made.