Each family has a different experience. This mom shared with us how her two sons progressed and how their family benefited as a result.
“I have two autistic sons who are on the moderate to severe spectrum. Before IBI and TPAS, we were struggling very hard with the behaviours, tantrums, crying and other issues which are characteristics of autism. Even a simple trip to a grocery store or a library was a nightmare. Our family was cut off from all of our friends because of our children’s unpredictable behaviours.
Then I received a call from TPAS that my older son was next on the list for IBI at Geneva Centre. At that time, I didn’t even know what IBI was. I applied for it on the urging of the psychologist who diagnosed my son and then my son’s supervisor therapist Shelley Brazier and instructor therapist Joy Peters visited our home and answered all of our questions regarding IBI and eased our anxieties and fears.
My older son started going to Geneva Centre and, within two months, I started seeing the change in my son. He slowly started to emerge from his world and enter in our world, it was a sight to behold. And now that lonely boy who just use to sit in one corner and script by himself is making friends and doing academics ahead of his grade level.
Similarly, my younger son who has been in TPAS for the last 6 months only, has jumped from having a vocabulary of just 4 to 5 words to over 100 words, giving eye contact, telling me his needs, and playing with his older brother. Throughout this time period our supervising therapist Shelley and primary instructor therapist Joy and all of the other wonderful team members including Mark, Sarah, Mishal, Tiffany, Rebecca, Kyla and Jen were helpful beyond words and always there for us.
In between all this I also decided to educate myself, and for that I got in touch with the amazing family support coaches at Geneva Centre. Monica and Laura helped me a lot in getting to know more about ABA, IBI and autism in general. I was also selected for TPAS Parent Education Services and learned about the ABC approach, and successfully trained my younger son to achieve a selected goal by using different prompts. I also applied that knowledge on both of my son at home on several other tasks and obtained amazing results.
In short, joining TPAS and becoming a member of Geneva Centre is the best thing that happened to our family and I don’t have enough words to show my gratitude to everyone who is involve with my sons.
Thank you TPAS and Thank You Geneva Centre.” – Annie Quaratulain