Our approach to support and education is called the R.I.S.E.TM . This is a non-invasive and client-centered approach that places the adult/child at the center and works around them and their needs. It’s aim is to provide a supportive environment tailored to their specific needs in order for them to grow and flourish in their own unique way.
The most important factor of the RISETM approach is building a strong, trusting relationship with your student/client. This is the priority and by using their strengths and their unique interests one can create a tailored supportive world around them.
The main components of RISETM are:
This, for us, is the most important aspect of this approach. Building trust with your student, loved one, client and so on is of the utmost importance. Once trust is built, a child/adult is more willing to engage, interact and share. An individual is also more comfortable and at ease around people they trust.
The environment in which you work (online or in person) with your client is very important. It needs to be safe, where the individual can feel calm and at ease. If this is not the case, it will be more of a challenge for them to engage and benefit from what you may be trying to present to them.
So in order for you to be a tool to help them support them, you need to be a trusted individual in their environment. How do you build this bond? Please see below.
One of the ways to start to build a client's trust and form a genuine relationship is by getting them intrigued in you and what you are offering them and vice versa. A genuine interest in what they like and enjoy is a great way to build reciprocal intrigue. Whether people are neuro-divergent or neuro-typical, they all have specific interests (some more specific than others) that if incorporated into their tailored program, it is more likely the individual will want to engage with you.
Use what interests them to provide support and help them to learn and grow. It is important to enter their world, find out what they like and use it to help them. Do not force them to fit into your box, your way or the way you think they should learn or be. Rather let them guide you and help you navigate their world so that you can be a genuine support for them.
Another way to build trust and relationships is by acknowledging another's individual strengths, showing them you see their strengths and using their strengths to help them. We sometimes tend to focus on the weaknesses and try to “work on them” or "fix" them but rather we should focus on the strengths to help them overcome obstacles. There are no weaknesses here, only goals to work towards.
When an individual feels valued and acknowledged for their contributions (no matter how big or small) it will help them believe in themselves and also help build their confidence and self-esteem. When they feel valued and seen by you they are more likely to trust and like you.
As a non-invasive, person-centered approach it is important to focus the educational or therapeutic program around the individual's specific needs and learning goals. If a person is happy and doing what they like and capable of, they are more likely going to want to carry on doing it.
For example: if a child has fun while they are learning and enjoys what they are doing. They will carry on doing it because they want to and not because someone is forcing them. We do not force anyone to fit into a standardized way of learning, it is very bespoke and specific to them.
Every individual on the ASD spectrum has unique sensory needs. Every individual is different; "if you have met one person one the spectrum, you have met one person on the spectrum". It is important to establish what these needs are and find ways to help them. Some might need to release energy in some way, others may need noise cancelling headphones or to listen to music in crowded places.
Our job is to find out what our client's need and help them find other ways to help support them in a world that accommodates neuro-typical needs and not theirs. It is important to help them feel calm and collected: to reach an equilibrium. We learn how sensory integration affects an individual and understand the challenges that many experience from one situation to the next.
It is very important to try and see the world from their perspective,
For example: if a child/adult is being affected by a bright light, they will not be able to concentrate on what you are saying to them with and then you might think they are not listening to you. Try to always be aware of the surroundings.
This is a brief overview of the RISE approach to special needs learning and therapy. For more detailed or training information please contact us.