Why was Thrive with Autism created?
Thrive with Autism was created to transform the way autism occurs to the families that are affected by the diagnosis; to bring joy, freedom, and self-empowerment into their family. Thrive with Autism was not created to express ways to, or to sell a way to "cure" children with autism.
How can Thrive with Autism help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in Thrive with Autism. The Premium Support Package can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues effecting families with autism. Many people also find that the offered supports can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. The Premium Support Package can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from the supports depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships - with your children, spouse, friends, family members
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need support? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, the PSP is for families who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking support. Our connections and interactions provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do families participate in the Thrive with Autism Premium Support Program and how do I know if it is right for me?
Families have many different motivations for joining the Thrive with Autism Premium Support Program (PSP). Some families may be working through a new diagnosis, or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some families need assistance managing a range of other issues such as school communication/advocacy and how to deal with behaviors. The PSP can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get the families through these issues. In short, families participating in PSP are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What are the Premium Support Program calls like?
Because each child and familiy has different issues and goals, the Premium Support Program (PSP) calls will be different depending on the individual situation. In general, during the calls you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your family's life, the personal history relevant to your issues, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous PSP calls.
It is important to understand that you will get more results from the PSP if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of the PSP calls is to help you bring what you learn back into your family life. Therefore, beyond the PSP calls, we may suggest some things you can do outside of the call to enhance your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, videoing interactions, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. Families seeking support are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and are prepared take responsibility for their lives.
Does what we talk about in Premium Support Program calls remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between us. Successful interactions require a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is not often discussed. You can expect that what you discuss will not be shared with anyone.
Confidentiality will be maintained except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If we have reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.