AFNIC serves neurologically impaired children whose inability to handle frustration causes them to have violent rages, tantrums or other behaviors indicative of their inability to cope with sensory overloads and situations that overwhelm them ("explosive children"). These children often have diagnoses such as Tourette's Syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome, PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or other neurologically-based disorders.
Parents and schools often address these issues through traditional methods of reward and punishment that neither motivate nor intimidate the neurologically impaired child and thus are not effective in helping the school or the child in working together; often leaving parents at odds with the schools. This approach does not address the underlying neurological disability and will not solve the problem. It is a fact that when dealing with neurologically impaired children, the use of punishment and reward systems have been shown to increase the child's frustration, and the reward and punishment system will actually escalate the problem by increasing the frequency and severity of the undesirable behaviors and rages.
AFNIC has developed a program for children with neurological disabilities that has been extraordinarily successful both at home and school. While the AFNIC philosophy and program can be used anywhere, we are currently only able to provide direct services in the state of Texas.
Please browse our site to see how we can help you and the neurologically-impaired child in your life.
WHAT WE DO?
We help train parents and schools on how to create an accessible environment for the neurologically impaired child.
We help parents and schools understand the behaviors and challenges they are experiencing are part of a disability and are not
We provide advocacy services at ARD meetings by attending in person or by phone for members. These services can include reviewing your concerns, providing you with a clear understanding of your options, helping you get the special services needed, developing or revising a behavioral plan, helping you interpret IEP goal progress or lack of progress, helping write new goals or correcting existing goals so they are objectively measured, and helping write correspondence on your behalf to the schools to express concern.
We help empower you to be a successful advocate for your child.
We can help you navigate through the complex Special Education System by providing information and advice. If necessary we can help you understand the initial referral and identification, the testing and evaluations, and IEP (Individual Education Program) and 504 meetings process.
We help create an effective and appropriate environment with the school that will address your child's needs and produce a successful experience.
We add a personal special understanding to training and consulting because we are family based with first hand knowledge of the challenges and frustration you are, or will be, experiencing.
WHO DO WE HELP?
Children that have already been identified as eligible for Special Education services or a 504 plan. Those children not yet identified that may be struggling at school and/or home where parents are wanting to know what they can do to help their child.
Children that have been diagnosed or are suspected of having Tourette Stndrone, PDD Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and more.
Children with or are suspected of having behavior, learning and processing disorders that are affecting math, reading, writing and social development.
Children that need a specially designed program to meet their unique needs in the least environment with the access to the general curriculum.
Families and schools that need help implementing the AFNIC program for the neurologically-impaired child.
"Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in noway diminishes
the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society."
~ Congressional Findings, IDEA 2004 ~
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