Testimonials BILT™ Course (Formerly AGI Residential/Daily Living)

Kindly having well-trained Direct Support Providers is frankly the key to having a successful life for me and others like me. Two new direct support providers who joined my team nicely had the opportunity to take the online BILT™ Course (Formerly AGI Residential/Daily Living). Frankly they learned more about autism then I could kindly teach them Continue Reading
Jeremy Sicile-Kira

Knowing what I know now, I feel so much more confident in my ability to be a care taker and also to be more patient. Patience is something I was struggling with before, and also being flexible with changing my agenda when the time presents itself. Now, I am much more confident in my ability and knowledge to help others around me that need self advocacy and direct support. Another thing that I have learned from week 6 until now is the importance in understanding and interpreting behavior and how that in itself is such a tremendously important means of communication. Sometimes what is interpreted as ‘bad behavior’ is really just a way of expressing an opinion. It is so important for us to take a step back, be patient, and really try to understand what is being communicated
Alexandra A

Wow, I am amazed at how I have reinforced and strengthened my passion, dedication and commitment in teaching individuals with autism reach their full potential!
Nina A.

I feel that the course has really helped me reflect on how being client-centered I really was. Although most of my scores were retained, it was a revelation that I gave myself lower final scores for items 9, 19 and 22. I attribute this to the fact that the course has taught me the true essence of client centered practice, self advocacy and self-determination and now I realize that I have initially given myself more credit than what was due.
Now, I have observed myself being even more sensitive of my students’ feelings and individuality. By consistently putting myself in my students’ shoes instead of always wearing my ‘expert hat,’ I feel that I have become more respectful of their dignity as persons. Instead of just perceiving ‘behaviours’ as problems that need to be addressed, I now primarily see these as the individuals’ means of communication and that these are windows of opportunities for us professionals to help empower them and their families better. On many occasions I have echoed the insights I have learned from this course to parents who struggle with their child’s behaviour. I feel that through this course, I have helped these parents to view their child’s behaviours in a more positive and constructive light.
Listening to parents who took this course has given me so much hope and inspiration. I wish for all the parents I work with to also reach their same level of enlightenment. I appreciate this course for emphasizing the big influence that sensory processing has on a person’s social behaviour. As an occupational therapist, this understanding will definitely facilitate better coordination between us and other stakeholders. I feel that the learner snapshot, the sensory and social scanning and advocacy plans are handy tools that we professionals can use. The lessons on citizenship and community life, safety, health and wellness, sexuality and transportation have highlighted competencies and strategies that our team at the ILLC have agreed on emphasizing in our educational curriculum.
Many thanks to AGI and the Houlton Institute for the wonderful opportunity! More power to you in your future endeavours.
A. David

First, let me just say that being a counselor by profession and having a daughter on the autism spectrum; I started with a fairly good base of knowledge and understanding of autism. That being said, I have learned numerous things in the class that will help me help others improve their lives and obtain better services that meet their needs. If I had to choose only one thing as the most important lesson thus far, I would have to say it is the complexity and significance of sensory issues for a person with autism. While I have always known that sensory issues affect a person with autism, I have learned that the affect is so great that it has far reaching implications in every part of a person’s life. Knowing the possible ways that sensory sensitivities can be reacted to and how they might be displayed has already helped me in caring for my daughter and I have used the information in at least 5 different client related meetings and recommendations. This will have a ripple effect as I incorporate the knowledge, I help better my daughter’s life who in turn can help another better his/her life. Then, as I teach others through various interactions, we have the opportunity to improve the lives of many people with autism and help ensure more effective, person centered services.

I will also add that the resources made available to us through the class have been extremely helpful. Many of them I had no knowledge of at all prior to the class.

Thank you!

Tami Canter-Powell

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