Do you provide tutoring?
Variations of this question include:
- I’m looking for a math tutor. Do you provide math tutoring?
- I’m looking for a reading coach. Do you teach reading?
If your child has fallen behind because of an illness, because a string of subs replaced a teacher on maternity leave, or because construction workers nearby were operating jackhammers all month long, hire a tutor.
Tutoring reteaches information that wasn’t grasped the first time around. If circumstances have interfered with the delivery of information to your child, finding someone to reteach that information is a great solution. Perhaps your child's teacher has too many students to ensure your child understands, or your child's school is using poorly designed curricula.
However, if information was delivered well the first time around and your child is still struggling, you don’t need a tutor. You need to address more foundational problems. That’s what we do. Give us a call. We’re happy to help.
Do you provide IEP advocacy?
Variations of this question include:
- My child has dyslexia. Can you help me advocate for books on tape?
- My child won’t sit still. He gets into fights. He melts down in class. The school doesn’t want to provide services. Can you help?
Our focus is not on accommodation. We empower people with dyslexia to read, write, and achieve academically alongside their peers. We empower people who struggle with math to develop number concept, sequencing, grouping skills, and comfort with variation, all which make math easier—whether the math is multiplication, algebra, or calculus. We empower people with autism-spectrum conditions be more comfortable in their bodies, more at ease with others, and better able to spontaneously adapt to change. We empower people with movement disorders to more easily lie, sit, and move… comfortably, with delight and dignity.
That said, yes: occasionally, we write letters on behalf of clients to their schools. We’ve attended IEP meetings. If you’re receiving services from us, we’re willing to help where we can.
What exactly do you do?
Though the practices we teach are supported by cutting-edge neuroscience, most people in the general populace aren’t aware that the results we regularly facilitate are even possible. Some professionals, who are familiar with the kinds of services we offer, have only read about them in academic or medical journals—or they know that their patients were helped, though they’re not quite sure how.
Though we expect much of what we’re doing to become commonplace in 15 to 20 years, right now there aren’t enough HANDLE Practitioners, somatic educators, or philosophical counselors to meet demand. Let us know what you’re looking for. Together, we can determine what your or your child’s needs are, then explore whether what we do may help.
The services we offer can help anyone—but they’re not always the best “next step.” If you’d like our advice on a logical “next step” for your family, why not schedule an Initial Visit and Follow-Up Consultation today?
Do you only work with people with autism?
You may have noticed frequent mentions of autism and autism-spectrum conditions on our website. While we do work with people with autism, we also (quite frequently!) work with people who aren’t on the autism-spectrum. Our focus, in practice, is helping people to develop foundational perspectives and abilities. Often, this means helping people:
- Better modulate their own and/or their children’s responses to stress;
- Find ease and confidence in movement;
- Develop awareness of their own and others’ sensations, feelings, and needs;
- Hone their problem-solving strategies; and
- Train their basic cognitive abilities, in order to ensure success at school and work.
These definitely impact emotional well-being. People with autism often struggle with most of these. People with other labels (or no labels) may only struggle with some of them. They still benefit from struggling less and from finding productive ways forward.
The screenings and assessments we provide all have a similar focus: not on labeling a condition that someone “has,” but on identifying and providing ways that a person and those close to him can do the best they can with what they have, while making gradual progress toward their goals. If that kind of approach is of interest to you, we’re happy to help.
How do clients find you? Do you advertise?
Some of the people who find us have already tried approaches—surgery, counseling, drugs—that sometimes work for others, yet haven’t worked for them. Others have been referred to us by previous clients or educators who know our work. We might also receive referrals from a psychologist or physical therapist, because the movement education we provide can complement psychological counseling or physical therapy, or from occupational therapists, because the 8 Questions complement sensory-based approaches to developing emotional regulation.
We do minimal advertising, though we’re certainly not opposed to it. Most of our advertising is word-of-mouth.
What are your costs? (1)
We don’t publish our costs online, beyond the cost for the first appointment and follow-up consultation (which together cost $450), our group classes ($12 each or $60 for six), and consultation by phone or Skype ($25 per quarter hour, often scheduled by professionals). Here are six reasons we don’t publish other costs online:
1.  We are committed to ensuring, whenever possible, that cost never stands in the way of a person’s receiving services. We take this commitment very seriously.
2.  Before considering costs, it’s important to understand what’s being offered—and to consider: “Do I really want that?” (How much is a vacation worth, for instance… if it’s to the middle of a war zone? How much is a car worth… if it flies?) Few people who initially contact us fully understand what we offer—let alone whether they want that.
- HANDLE is like sensory-integration therapy… but not really.
- The 8 Questions are like counseling… but not really.
- Interactive Metronome is like learning to play drums… but not really.
- Feldenkrais is like yoga, tai chi, or Pilates… but not really.
- Cognitive training is like tutoring… but not really.
What are your costs? (2)
3.  Since the services we offer are unfamiliar to many, considering costs up front can easily hinder an informed decision:
- If our services cost $20, some would conclude: “They can’t possibly be worth much, since they’re offered for so cheap.”
- If our services cost $20,000, some would conclude: “We can’t possibly afford that, regardless of how much our family is suffering right now.“
- Our prices are consistently more than $20 but much less than $20,000.
Let’s first discuss what your needs are and whether what we offer might help. Let’s get past unfamiliarity with what we offer. Then we can discuss costs.
4.  Programs can sometimes, albeit in a minority of cases, be customized to reduce costs.
5.  In practice, we address each client’s most pressing needs first. Then, together with our clients, we re-evaluate whether other needs are still pressing. Sometimes, developing foundational abilities allows other concerns, over time, to resolve on their own. Services to address those concerns, therefore, become unnecessary.
6.  You know the costs for an Initial Visit and Follow-up Consultation. You can schedule one online right now, if you’d like. You’re also welcome to give us a call.