Delightful, three-year-old, CeeCee started her journey with our talented speech pathologist, due to some speech difficulties that often left her misunderstood by those around her. Progress was being made, up until one day, the bright-eyed enthusiasm that once filled the room suddenly dimmed. Participation waned, discouragement took hold, and sessions became a shadow of what they once were.
The conventional approach? Perhaps a break or a pause from therapy. But here’s where the magic of collaboration shines.
Instead of stepping back, the speech pathologist reached out to one of our clinic’s behaviour analysts. Through keen observation and analysis, they identified that CeeCee’s withdrawal wasn’t due to a disinterest in therapy but a loss of confidence. The sessions become too daunting for her. In behavioural terms, the response effort was just too much for the reinforcement that CeeCee was accessing.
Together, they reshaped the therapy’s focus. They fostered an environment where CeeCee could once again experience success. The outcome? In just one session, CeeCee’s confidence soared, and she began engaging in the very activities she had previously shied away from.
Brian’s story is a testament to our collaborative ethos. With challenges in both communication and certain behaviours of concern, Brian required the expertise of both our behaviour and speech teams. But rather than compartmentalising his support, we adopted a transdisciplinary approach.
Pairing spoken language with the Proloquo augmentative and alternative communication device, both teams unified their efforts. This ensured Brian received a more intensive, cohesive form of care. The result? Not only did he meet his goals, he surpassed them, thanks to the efforts of two dedicated teams.