Here are some of our most frequently asked questions
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What changes will I see and how long will they take in a Davis Autism Approach program? Everyone is different with different, needs and expectations; the program has been designed by an autistic individual, for autistic individuals, to enable them to participate more fully in life. We have seen:
changes in communication, both socially and verbally,
a greater tolerance to confusion,
an increased awareness of the immediate environment.
changes in the understanding of ‘change’ and ‘consequence’, resulting in reduced stress, due to the individual being more able to predict outcomes of varying situations.
individuals being more confident, more independent, enjoying and understanding social situations, and being able to take on responsibilities.
The most common change that has been noted is the individual and their families report they are much happier and less stressed. As for how long it takes, some changes are obvious and immediately apparent, whereas others will take time. The program is designed to create life long change through building a foundation upon which all future growth and development can be built. Do I have to do any work during or after the program? No matter which program is being completed, we would encourage the family to be involved as much as possible and get to know the concepts for themselves during the program; this way they can be integrated faster and more effectively into the home environment. There are no drilling or repetitive exercises to be completed at home; we only ask that the concepts are discussed and integrated in a fun, interactive way. Can anyone do a program, and at what age do you start? Davis Stepping Stones Program If an individual is between the ages of 3 and 8 or had low/no verbal ability, they are likely to be able to access the Davis Stepping Stones program.
DavisAutism Approach Program For those over 8 and with verbal ability, they may be able to access the Davis Autism Approach if:
they have the ability to understand and comply with instructions from the Facilitator or support person.
They can make something (a clay model) that can represent ”self”.
If the individual is not able to meet the above criteria for the full Davis Life Concepts for Autism program, then the Davis Stepping Stones program may be an option. DavisConcepts for Life Program This is designed for those who are not on the autism spectrum, and can be accessed by anyone over the age of 8, who has the motivation to compete the program.
Is there a possibility that my child will regress? Because the concepts are designed to set a foundation for future learning, we find that individuals continue to progress building more understanding of the world through life’s experiences. We have had only one case where, due to ‘mental retardation’, the individual’s progress after the program was minimal.
My child is on medication, will this affect how you work with him/her? We ask that you disclose any medications to your Facilitator, who will discuss how they could affect the effectiveness of the program. We have found that some medications prolong the time taken for individuation to occur and to grasp some of the concepts. In such cases, the program may take a little longer.
My child has very limited language; can you still work with him/her? Our Davis Stepping Stones program can be used with individuals with limited language. As long as there is sufficient understanding in order to comply with instructions, we can begin. We have found that language can improve during individuation; also, in these situations, we have found the Facilitator coaching the parent to be an effective option.
"He has more self-esteem; he is strong in conversations now.' Comment from his grandmum: “He used to walk with his back bent, as if he carried a heavy weight. Now he stands straight and proud. He looks at you into your eyes, with very clear eyes. He changed a lot!" Mum of 17-year-old male – Nederland