It is a gentle, holistic programme, suitable for:
Structure of the programme is flexible to enable it to be delivered in the most harmonious way for your child.
STEP 1 - Tools for the Helper
You (the support person) are given a set of tools, or mental strategies to allow you to be calm and relaxed while working with your child. These tools are called Release and Dial.
Release allows you to ease any stress, tension or anxiety you may be feeling. When working with those with autism, if we are feeling anxious, we can inadvertently add to their feeling of anxiety, as they are often highly sensitive to their environment and all that it contains. By putting ourselves in a calm state, this will allow for a calm environment for your child.
Dial helps you to determine and control your personal energy levels for self-regulation and positive interactions with others, particularly the child you will be working with.
STEP 2 - Awareness of Self
The child is assisted towards becoming more present in the world and facilitated to create an awareness of self, existing as separate from others. This process includes:
Davis Stepping Stones is a flexible programme, depending on the needs of your child. Options include:
Melanie can take your child through the full programme, while you reinforce the learning at home.
Melanie can take your child through part of the programme and coach you through part of it, with her support.
You can take your child through the programme yourself, with Melanie’s mentor support.
You can attend a 2-day Stepping Stones workshop to be able to take your child through the programme. Click here to find a workshop running near you.