Applied behaviour analysis and positive behaviour support
All behaviour has a function. At Elegrow we understand the importance of facilitating Applied Behaviour Analysis as the foundation to informing and selecting best practice interventions in the context of the individual child or adolescent for their development and to address behaviour/s of concern.
Once informed by the analysis, we determine together the interventions considering the needs of the child or adolescent, and develop in multiple environments.
We guide the development of new behaviours, support and train families, teachers and care-givers to implement with consistency and confidence.
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that measures brain wave activity and the nervous system in real time to improve neurobiological behaviour through training.
Neurofeedback has been found among the research to reduce symptoms of over or under arousal, improve attention, concentration, sleep, reduce seizures, anxiety, depression, symptoms of trauma, improve learning and enhance performance.
Neurofeedback training is a non-invasive behaviour intervention. It is individualized for each client by setting goals and using technology to measure brainwave frequency/amplitude whilst the client is observing video, images, or a game.
When the brainwaves are working within the goals set for the individual, a pleasant stimuli (e.g. a sound or other) rewards, training the brain to repeat the behaviour of the brainwaves to developing new brainwave behaviour.
When people learn how to regulate brainwaves through neurofeedback, their arousal, attention, confidence, interactions, learning and performance improve.
PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
Developed in the USA in 1985 by Andy Bondy, PhD and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP, PECS is an alternative communication system that has been implemented across the globe with learners of varying cognitive, physical and communication abilities.
The purpose of PECS is to teach functional communication such as asking, communicating needs and responding. I have noticed after implementing PECS that undesired behaviours reduce as a result of being able to communicate and learning engagement improves.
The research has shown that some learners using PECS also develop or improve speech or transition to another speech generating device.
PECS is a behaviour intervention to teach functional communication and is well supported as an evidence-based practice with more than 150 research articles attesting to the efficacy.
Biofeedback - Heartmath training
Our heart rhythms directly affect our physical and mental wellbeing. Stress and negative emotion result in erratic and disordered heart rhythm patterns that limit our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason and make productive decisions. The heart's input to the brain during stress or negative emotions has a substantial effect on the brain's emotional processes which can reinforce the emotional experience of stress.
Heartmath training is a biofeedback intervention that teaches clients how to facilitate heart rhythm coherence by sustaining positive emotions. The training has a positive effect on the mind and body, how we perceive, think, feel and perform. The training improves thinking, ability to regulate emotion, decision-making, sleep and how we respond to situations. Heartmath training is based on 25 years of continued scientific research.
The Eagala model is an innovative client-centered, solution-focused model to facilitate interventions through interactions with the horses on the ground.
The Eagala model engages people physically, socially and emotionally, providing a strong platform for growth as clients find their solutions through their interaction with the horses.
The Eagala model must be facilitated by a qualified, registered mental health professional, qualified Equine Specialist and the horses. The team must be certified to facilitate interventions using the Eagala model and sessions are structured to effectively meet the client’s therapeutic goals, behaviour support plan and or learning goals.
Interventions facilitated using the Eagala model help clients to develop new capability to regulate emotions, facilitate new behaviours, develop social skills, process trauma, form relationships, prepare for life transitions, trust and build confidence.
Life skills development and events
Developing life skills is core to independence, confidence and connection.
Our life skills development training and events incorporate daily living activities such as: cooking classes, meal planning, budget management, health, fitness, hygiene, social skills, yoga, mindfulness, managing stress, making friends and more.
In addition, we offer tailored transition programs for individuals and groups transiting from school levels, to tertiary or higher education or preparing to go into the workforce.
Mindfulness and Relaxation
We host classes and teach 'doable' mindfulness, yoga and relaxation with children, adolescents and families.
Our mindfulness classes develop foundation skills, and teach many ways you can introduce mindfulness moments throughout your day.
Our relaxation classes focus on different ways you can reset, improve sleep and recover from events that may cause stress. Teaching multiple ways to relax and reset.
When we are present, we feel better, think more clearly and make more productive decisions.