In 1997, as a camp director my deep connection to children, specifically those with special challenges, became most apparent. I was often found smiling and enjoying the interactions with the kids who were frequently seen as frustrating or incapable of meeting generalized expectations (conforming). For one reason or another my soul connects and understands those needing a different perspective into their life.
More than fourteen years of special education experience provided treasures of knowledge and understanding only increasing my passion in helping these young souls find their way into this world. Each year provided new perspectives, adding to my forever-growing portfolio. Learning is something we never stop doing and for this I am profoundly grateful. I eventually graduated from the educational system into my own practice, as a consultant, advocate and trainer (in 2012).
My main interest and curiosity has always involved advocation for those who have already been given a “label” and attempting to understand the behavior they express as a language. No matter how annoying, destructive or awful a behavior might be, in one way or another that behavior is a form of communication. The question is what are they trying to communicate?
To find the “resolution” to a behavior, one must deeply reflect and observe from a global perspective (biological, psychological, environmental and sociological). Often times the simple things are over looked while the focus is on the behavior, ultimately encouraging said behavior, as the purpose for the behavior is being served. Finding the source or reason for the behavior allows a window into the language they are speaking.
My deepest desire is to continue to learn those languages, understand how our world impacts different people and provide a service that goes far beyond simple advocacy or behavior consultation. Rather, Wrightbhavior is continually working at a systemic level to improve services, access to resources, communication and building collaborative relationships within the communities we live. This work can never be done by a single person.
Collaboration, connections and building bridges are essential to this practice. To create a compassionate, inclusive and supportive community, one must embrace the idea of togetherness, rather than individualism. With this I stand as a single person in a large sea of fellow experts, with whom I have much to learn.