Journey
for Success

 
Facing Challenges Together

Learning Their Language

Be active, involved and expect communication and sharing. Don't accept professionals talking "at" you. Instead, expect communication "with" one another.

There is never a stupid question, a useless question or too many questions. This is your child, and everyone works for you. If you don't understand what is happening, then how can you be effective at home and reinforce the learning in a natural, everyday way? Make people describe what they are doing and why.

Expect that they will assist you to learn the strategies/activities. You should share how things are at home and how strategies are improving the home and academic environments. If these ideas don't work in the real world, then ask, "How functional is therapy?"

At Children's Therapy Corner, we have eight Shared Values that act as a directional compass for how we interact with each other and families. One Shared Value is to mentor unselfishly. This value enhances our treatment methodologies as we share new ideas and techniques with each other. This value also sets the expectations for sharing information with families.

The ultimate destination in our journey together:

  • Families have specific ideas of where they want to go, and our role is to facilitate that based on where the child's needs are.
  • Working jointly, goals are identified together.
  • Families are very active in therapy and readily incorporate ideas in home, community and school.
  • We have discussions to prepare the child to go into the community.
  • Families actively understand community needs/challenges.
  • Help families deal with the world that is not always so accepting and open (help families be change makers).

Journey for Success

  • Looking for Directions +

    Where to Start We envision intervention as a journey to maneuver through the challenges that lie ahead. Actually: A Journey for Success. We all have challenges, whether those are specifically labeled or not. And we all need to have ways to face these obstacles. As families take the initial steps through the dark maze of rehabilitation, so many new words and ideas are being tossed their way as they are still trying to "absorb'" the knowledge that their child may have challenges that other children do not face. Families usually need someone in the first stages to help determine their child's needs, but also – and just as important – their strengths. Read More
  • Your Travel Guides +

    What are parents seeking? Families enter our doors seeking advice, knowledge and help. Initially, families are often confused and uncertain where to turn. This is a journey, and families need someone to guide them. Yet the ultimate goal is to empower families to truly understand their child's needs and to be able to advocate for their child in all situations. The first desire is for someone to listen. Families want someone to hear their concerns, fears and needs. But we must also listen to hear their hopes and dreams for their child. Families want to understand what is happening, but we also need to be perceptive that this is a journey that we are beginning together. In any situation, you have to systematically provide the ideas and steps as the family is ready to absorb. That requires dialogue, a trusting relationship between family and professionals within a supportive atmosphere. The Read More
  • Establishing a Destination +

    How do parents know if there is a need? The day our children come into our lives is a most blessed event. As the days and years go by, we can only wish that there had been a guidebook delivered with our child. Questions arise. Friends, extended family, the Internet and even complete strangers are eager to provide advice from behavioral management to how to get your picky eater to finish dinner. But I have met many families who enter our doors with a nagging question or uncertain feeling. Believe in your "instinctual gut." Often parents/caregivers are the first to be aware that something just doesn't seem right. You don't want to be too concerned too quickly, but also don't allow others to gloss over your concerns. Too many times, I have heard professionals say, "Don't worry, they will outgrow it." In some cases, that may be true. But often, Read More
  • Mapping Your Child's Journey +

    There is a need, so now what? If there is a challenge, find someone who will listen to your thoughts. Be certain to ask questions as many times as you need for clarification. Don't let professionals use jargon that only they can interpret. Make certain all communication is family/parent friendly. This is YOUR child. You need to work with people who value your thoughts and opinions as individuals and as parents/guardians. Remember that if there is a need, that first and foremost, this is a child. Secondly, that the challenge is something affecting your child. So your child is not for example, an autistic child. Rather, your child has autism. The distinction is crucial and allows you to always hold dreams, remove the glass ceilings and never forget to see the daily miracles of life. Your child is more than a subset of skills and behaviors. Don't lose sight of Read More
  • Learning Their Language +

    Be active, involved and expect communication and sharing. Don't accept professionals talking "at" you. Instead, expect communication "with" one another. There is never a stupid question, a useless question or too many questions. This is your child, and everyone works for you. If you don't understand what is happening, then how can you be effective at home and reinforce the learning in a natural, everyday way? Make people describe what they are doing and why. Expect that they will assist you to learn the strategies/activities. You should share how things are at home and how strategies are improving the home and academic environments. If these ideas don't work in the real world, then ask, "How functional is therapy?" At Children's Therapy Corner, we have eight Shared Values that act as a directional compass for how we interact with each other and families. One Shared Value is to mentor unselfishly. This Read More
  • On Their Way +

    The End of the Journey Together: On Their Way The journey may be short in duration, or aspects may last a lifetime. The need is to know the steps and that you are not in this alone. We at Children's Therapy Corner have to "see" things differently, to take risks, to believe when all others question and doubt. Families can encourage us to go beyond, to search for new and different answers, new methods to help children. It is in partnership that we gain so much more TOGETHER. We need to help families FOCUS on a dream, PLAN the route (with detours expected) and REACH a destiny together with support and awareness of the community in which they live. Any Dream may be challenging, but with a vision and determination based on a great cause: Oh the Places We'll Go! Read More
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CTC Shared Values

  • Treat Others with Uncompromising Truth
  • Lavish Trust on Your Associates
  • Mentor Unselfishly
  • Be Receptive to New Ideas, Regardless of Their Origin
  • Take Personal Risks for the Organization
  • Give Credit Where It’s Due
  • Do Not Touch Dishonest Dollars
  • Put the Interests of Others Before Your Own

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Director's Corner

JanetPortraitTo ‘see’ things differently.
To take risks.
To believe when all others question and doubt.
To dream and expect the unexpected.
Do you all realize that you are heroes?

One of the greatest benefits of being at Children’s Therapy Corner is being part of your lives and having the opportunity to talk to you, the families. You encourage us to go beyond, to search for new and different answers, new methods to help your children. To think out of the box!

As therapists, we may be the ones who spent some specialized time in universities to help your children, but you are the professionals who live the daily life and know what we can only assume. It is in partnership that we gain so much more TOGETHER.

We anticipate that this partnership will enhance your child’s development. To FOCUS on a dream, PLAN the route (with detours expected), and REACH a destiny together with support and awareness of the community in which you live. It may be a challenging dream, but with a vision and determination based on a great cause: Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

— by Janet Ringle-Bartels,
 CTC Owner/Executive Director