professionals pain measurement and management techniques with non-verbal cognitively impaired individuals, including children with Autism. She has always been fascinated by the unique way individuals with Autism view their world and hide their gifts. She believes that, no matter how severely affected a person is, their true self can find a way out of the shroud of Autism.
Beth's search for help when her oldest daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability 10 years ago led her to the Davis methods for Dyslexia Correction. Following her daughter's successful program, Beth knew it was time for her career to change directions and completed the rigorous training to become a Licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction Facilitator so she could provide Davis programs that assist with difficulties with reading, writing, math and ADHD. She has been successfully providing these programs for 12 years.
Once in private practice, Beth quickly recognized that many of the clients that were coming to her were also having issues with characteristics indicating some level of Autism. She made the decision to enter the intensive training to become a Licensed Davis Autism Approach Facilitator/Coach. She has been successfully providing this service for 11 years.
Beth's passion for her clients and dedication to her work has also provided her with the opportunity to work closely with Ron Davis and his team at NOIT Research. Beth was appointed Director of NOIT International in early 2013 and looks forward to continuing Ron's work in this capacity.
The needs of each client and their family are of utmost importance to us. As such, we work with our families one-on-one to tailor our services to meet their needs.
The first step is usually a phone call or email. During that first chat, we will determine if the client is a "fit" for the program and which program is most likely to serve the client's needs. If so, an in-person assessment will be booked.
There are several programs available depending on the age and abilities of the client:
Stepping Stones™ 1 and 2 - the beginning steps of the Autism Program typically for individuals with under the age of 8 or who are not yet to speak.
The Davis® Autism Approach - the full autism program for individuals over the age of 8. This program is for verbal children as well as adults.
Davis Concepts for Life™ - the early years - this program is for children under 8 without a diagnosis but who are struggling with ideas like cause and effect, time and figuring out what is proper in a situation.
Davis Concepts for Life™ - this program is for anyone over the age of 8 who is struggling with motivation and responsibility, getting or keeping a job, is in trouble with the law, has difficulty creating and maintaining relationships or who just needs some help figuring out who they are and what they want to become.
The assessment is an opportunity for the potential client and their family to meet the facilitator, discuss the joys and challenges of neurodiversity in their particular home and determine the best path to proceed to deliver the program.
Program delivery: Most families choose to have the facilitator deliver the program but there is also an option for the facilitator to coach the parent, caregiver or other individual through the process, and we are now proud to provide 2 and 5 day wokshops to assist parents and caregivers to provide the tools and methods to their loved ones. The assessment typically takes 60 to 90 minutes and includes fun games that access the client's imagination, intelligence and creativity.
The program schedule will depend on several factors including the age of the client, the primary method that the facilitator will be using to assist the client to become oriented, the family's schedule and availability of the facilitator. Programs can take between 2 weeks of full days to several months of half days. Young or non-verbal clients often meet with a facilitator one or two times a month. Although every effort will be made to follow the original schedule, we respect each of our clients and have a rule: "it takes as long as it takes." No client will be forced to work past their threshold of comfort. This may be very different than other approaches, but we have found it to be the most effective way to provide our programs.
Beth Shier has been working with neurodivese children and adults with learning disabilities and differences, for 35 years. She began working with these populations as a swimming instructor in her teens. As manager of the International Pediatric Pain Research Laboratory at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre, she was instrumental in developing and teaching health
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Our programs take place in many environments. Depending on the comfort of the client, the program can be provided in the client's home, or in the home office of Beth Shier in Oakville, ON. The home office is right off the front door and has lots of windows which are perfect for exploring the concepts at work in the world. We also have a dog, cat and snake! (All can be put away happily for clients who may not want to meet the critters in the house).The neighborhood is safe and has a park close by which allows for further explorations of the environment. In warmer months, programs can be provided at Beth's trailer in Parry Sound, ON or in Halifax where Beth is from.
Parents will find the neighbourhoods of any our our program location choices close to all amenities including hotels, restaurants, a public libraries, and the shops and services.
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Elizabeth L. Currie Shier, B.Sc., Licensed Davis Autism Approach® Facilitator/Coach
1219 Winterbourne Drive, Oakville ON L6J 7G3, Canada
firstname.lastname@example.org www.autismsolutionontario.com 905 334-8740 or (905) 829-4084
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