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Long Distance Services

TAG recognizes that everyone may not have access to high quality private services in their area. We offer long distance consultation services allowing you to receive critical information and guidance about how to best understand and manage your child or your own needs.

Via phone meetings, video clips, structured assignments, and record review, we will provide guidance specific to you or your family’s individual needs.

Potential Benefits of Long Distance Services

  • Increase your understanding of your child’s chllenges
  • Help your child feel more competent
  • Reduce behavior problems
  • Reduce anxiety and frustration
  • Give you ways of interacting with your child that promote development
  • Increase benefits of all services currently provided to your child
  • Increase knowledge and competence of staff working with your child
  • Improve in all learning areas
  • Improve attention and motivation
  • Increase self awareness
  • Increase understanding of factors contributing to stress and daily difficulties
  • Improve self advocacy
  • Identify strategies and changes that can improve overall well being and quality of life
  • Problem solving

RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT INTERVENTION (RDI®)

What is RDI®?
RDI® is a developmental and cognitive based family focused intervention dedicated to remediating the core deficits of autism spectrum disorder, other developmental disabilities and acquired disabilities. Unlike most programs, parents and/or caregivers are the ones who implement the program on a daily basis, as they are the ones who spend the most time with their child and know him or her the best. Because parent training is at the core of this intervention, long distance services are possible. However, the assessment portion requires a consultant to be present, which means that your family will have the option of an RDI® Program Certified Consultant traveling to you or your family traveling to the TAG office. The first portion of the program teaches parents the foundations of RDI® to ensure that they understand the main components, principles and strategies so that they can be successful in giving their child opportunities for growth.

What does RDI® address?
RDI® is specifically designed to address the underlying core deficits that interfere with an individual’s ability to function successfully. The core deficits can impact verbal and nonverbal communication, curiosity, emotional regulation, relationship building, motivation, critical thinking, abstract language, comprehension, problem solving, flexibility, and executive functioning in addition to others.

For further information about RDI® and the core deficits of autism please see TAG’s RDI® page.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Sensory Processing
A child’s growth and learning of academics, motor, and social-emotional skills rely on adequate sensory processing. Sensory processing deficits can greatly interfere with multiple areas of an individual’s life. Additionally, our ability to remain regulated, calm, and carry out our daily responsibilities (work, school, home, social, leisure, etc.) relies on adequate sensory processing. Sensory processing deficits can interfere with carrying out activities of daily living, managing relationships, and can create anxiety. Sensory processing challenges can leave a person feeling overwhelmed by seemingly simple situations. Unfortunately, many therapists, psychologists, and physicians, are not aware of the impact of sensory processing deficits and how to address them.

  • Sensory processing problems must be address in all aspects of an individual’s educational, recreational, home, and social life
  • All services currently provided to your child rely on some aspects of sensory processing; understanding your child’s sensory processing needs may help him or her draw greater benefit from other services
  • Many educators, therapists, and physicians are not aware of the impact of sensory processing deficits and how to address those deficits

What we can do:

  • Help you identify sensory processing patterns and deficits that interfere with daily life
  • Help you understand how to achieve better arousal regulation for yourself or your child
  • We design specialized activities to target specific problem situations and increase quality of life
  • We analyze your child’s program and identify possible missing blocks or imbalances
  • We identify roadblocks that may be interfering with growth and quality of life
  • We can give input on IEP goals and objectives
  • Identify additional assessments and services that may be beneficial
  • Provide consultation to team members (PE/APE, Behavior specialists, teachers, Speech specialists, tutors, etc.)
  • Participate in IEPs (remotely)
  • Provide you with a 2nd opinion
  • Collaborate with your advocate, attorney, or educational consultant to identify areas of need

SPEECH THERAPY

TAG’s approach includes an obstacle assessment which may reveal challenges in the areas of engagement, motivation and/or attention which must be addressed prior to working on true communication. In many cases, sensory processing issues will also be addressed, as challenges in this area can interfere with attention, engagement and processing of communication. Remotely, guidance will be provided to parents or caregivers in framing and following through with activities that give their child the opportunity to connect with them in order for true communication to occur. The approach first focuses on strengthening relationships, and once this occurs improvements in communication often come at a faster rate.

Your Child’s Communication Breakdowns Affect Your Relationship
Communication deficits can greatly interfere with a family’s ability to connect with their child. They can also be a cause of maladaptive behaviors. When a child is unable to communicate his or her needs, feelings and/or observations, frustration is unavoidable. It is clear that these breakdowns interfere with the parent-child relationship.

Long distance speech consultation will help you and others working with your child to learn how to provide the type of support needed to overcome obstacles. Determining the correct framework for your child to express himself or herself both verbally and nonverbally is the goal. If needed, first we will employ strategies to help your child feel safe and comfortable. It will be important to decrease any uncertainty he or she is feeling in order to set the stage for language development. Next, we will teach you how to provide just the right level of challenge to give your child the opportunity to progress. You will be taught how to adjust your support based on how your child is responding to you. The way that you communicate with your child can have a huge impact on him or her. You will learn how to communicate in a way that gives your child the opportunity to “think” about how to respond to you instead of being prompted with a question or a directive. This type of communication will also reduce the demand on him or her to decrease the likelihood of withdrawal from the interaction.

What we can do:

  • Help you identify your child’s obstacles to communication development
  • Analyze your child’s present program and identify possible missing blocks or imbalances
  • Give input on IEP goals and objectives
  • Design specialized activity programs for home and school to target specific areas of communication development (i.e. receptive, expressive, verbal, nonverbal)
  • Identify additional assessments and services that may be beneficial
  • Provide consultation to team members (PE/APE, Behavior specialists, teachers, Speech specialists, tutors, etc.)
  • Participate in IEPs (remotely)
  • Provide you with a 2nd opinion
  • Collaborate with your advocate, attorney, or educational consultant to identify areas of need

GETTING STARTED WITH LONG DISTANCE SERVICES

  • Prior to our first appointment, we review your intake documents
  • We schedule an initial consultation; we carefully listen to your concerns and goals; we share with you our initial impressions and identify areas of need and recommendations; we help you prioritize and develop a plan of action to improve your quality of life
  • We schedule additional consultation meetings; we may collaboratively design assignments that will help you reach your goals; we guide you in the step by step implementation of recommendations
  • We provide you with guidance to address difficult situations
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