“Lessons Learned” Blog

We are all life-long learners, and I am learning new things every day. The most profound lessons have come from working with people with disabilities and their direct supports and caregivers - plus lots of reading, listening, and some trying and failing along the way. Here are some of the things I've picked up in my adventures (and a place where I can answer questions as they come up). I hope it can help others contribute to the world, and then I will learn more lessons from their contributions, and we will together create the world that we want to live in. In other words, if you find it helpful, share with others.

Just the Tip of the Iceberg

When people struggle with “problem behaviors,” the behavior itself is probably just the tip of the iceberg . . .

Share with your frontline staff and paraprofessionals — and target those unmet needs!

Bradley talking to camera with a PowerPoint slide titled "What It Means"

How Ohio DODD’s Behavior Support Rule Works: An Overview for Families and Schools

It’s pretty common that families who are used to navigating the world of autism supports in schools experience a culture shock when helping a loved one move into the world of adult services. I presented about it at the Milestones Virtual Autism Conference in the summer of 2021. It’s very specific to the state of Ohio, but could be helpful to families as they try to navigate the new world of adult behavior supports.

If your school team needs helps navigating the behavior support rule for youth in transition, reach out to me — it’s a world that I have navigated a lot.

Trauma-Informed Behavior Support: It’s About Quality of Life

When we’re talking about “problem behavior,” we’re generally talking about something that a person does that interferes with their own quality of life, or the quality of life of the people around them, and if the person could stop doing that thing, or find an alternative way to meet that need, they most likely would be a happier version of themselves, according to everything we know about them.