Over the past three decades, I have witnessed over and over again how parents like you are faced with a profound lack of understanding. I have seen what it looks like when this dynamic yields well-intentioned advice that adds work to your table rather than connection with your child.
But I’ve been here in the trenches with you. I know what it is to devote yourself with your whole heart and soul to a child with autism. I was intimately involved with every part of my God-child’s five-year home-based program, and I have logged over 20,000 hours working one-on-one with well over 1,500 children and adults on the spectrum.
After seeing so many families, therapists, and schools/centers having such a hard time with children and adults struggling with meltdowns, extreme and explosive behaviors, and high anxiety, it really hit me how little help there was for these kinds of challenges and crises. Moreover, what little help there is usually approaches the issue from a deeply misguided place. That is why I, along with my longtime colleague and friend Raun K. Kaufman, developed the ACT (Autism Crisis Turnaround) protocol. Having pioneered the concept of Neuro-Crashes, the ACT protocol solves crises by addressing the underlying causes instead of trying to stamp out the symptoms (which only makes things worse).