Over the years NETwork Interventions has worked with hundreds of children, families, teachers and other professionals.
We have seen countless children overcome their challenges, learn new skills and behaviours, and make astonishing progress.
Of course we need to tell you about our skills and experience, our track record and our reputation – but what matters most is the impact we have on the families we work with.
So what do our children, families and others say about us?
Louise was extremely thorough and identified many particular gaps that our son had at her initial ‘fly on the wall’ observation. Our son has Non Verbal Learning Disorder and it was these gaps that were leading to his aggression. Louise’s skill at identifying exact deficits is second to none and her work so far has proven exemplary. My son’s deficits had remained unidentified by school, us as his parents, a clinical psychologist and an educational psychologist. Due to our son’s age (12 years old), both us and school were hesitant to send anybody in however Louise and her team were highly discreet. When we told our son that somebody had been in to school he didn’t have any idea who she was. I am looking forward to continued success for our son.
Mrs E, Kingston in Surrey
Dillan had significant behavioural issues and received a very late diagnosis of NVLD when he was 9 years old. This diagnosis did little to help our family. Louise quickly and efficiently set up a programme for our teenage son which rapidly identified his strengths and weaknesses. Shelley taught us and his teachers how to best address these, including language deficits which had previously remained unrecognised, Louise’s team worked within our budget, working hours and extensive travel commitments, working closely with school and our local authority to ensure everybody was on board and funding accessed. At times it felt as though Louise was coordinating a small army. Additional support of parent-counselling through Louise’s team proved invaluable, even though we were originally a little sceptical. It most likely made the difference between success and failure in our ability as parents to sustain a positive family unit whilst implementing the programme. We worked with NETwork Interventions for just under one year.
Dr Edwards, North London
“Our son was diagnosed with Asperger’s aged 7; NETwork Interventions spent a day observing him at school and at home and quickly identified the skills he was lacking – skill deficits that we - and others working with our son - had not picked up on. NETwork Interventions trained us to help our son learn those missing skills. The results have been remarkable – he no longer cries about going to school, his concentration and behaviour are much better and he is far less likely to alienate others by the things he says. Thank you.
Parent in Surrey.
We would like to say a massive thank you for your hard work during the 2 day assessment. We are so grateful and highly impressed with your level of knowledge, confidence, professionalism as well as the kindness and respect shown to our family. Now, we really believe there is light at the end of the tunnel.
When we contacted Network Interventions our son with autism was 12 years. He had had a lot of ‘old style’ ABA therapy and a RDITM programme. He had good eye contact and referencing, a lot of academic skills, and could understand a lot of language. However, because he couldn’t always ask for things he wanted or needed he was becoming more aggressive and distressed at school and home. So he could, for example, write the chemical formula for water, but couldn’t reliably ask for a drink of water if he wanted it. Once Louise and Shelley taught us to teach him to ‘mand’ frequently and his aggressive and distressed behaviour rapidly reduced and he was a lot happier. He progressed so well that we set up a regular social date with a ‘normal’ boy- something we would have previously thought impossible. We are so grateful that Network Interventions brought verbal behaviour therapy to us and that they didn’t see our son’s age as a barrier – thank you for your high commitment to families in Australia and elsewhere.
Jenny , Australia.
Since you guys started with Tim, he is remarkably more conversational, confident and outgoing, so we are delighted.
Dad to Tim, 18 years old
Ms Kadayer's knowledge and skills in the area of Verbal Behaviour (VB) is extremely relevant in the field of autism and her continued presence within our community would be of great benefit to all families touched by this disability.
It was a pleasure to have NETwork Interventions in our home.
Under Louise's guidance Omi has made significant and remarkable progress, his eye contact has improved dramatically, his periods of social isolation has decreased and he has begun to enjoy the company of others.
Dr Hoque, Australia
Louise first came into our home when our son was 3 years old. In just four weeks we saw some astounding changes in our son’s ability to make eye contact and communicate with other adults and children. Thank you NETwork Interventions.
"It was a pleasure to have our consultant Shelley in our home for 2 days. She discussed strategies, demonstrated them, then coached us as we worked with our son. We were delighted to see an immediate improvement in our boy. We really look forward to our next consultation."
NETwork Training for parents
The workshop was very useful for me personally speaking. It was very informative for me as a parent of a high functioning autistic child and I should say some of the methods advised are amazing to work with a child like mine.”
‘it was great to network with mothers of ASD kids, as well as therapists and other health professionals’
“I learnt a lot of techniques and methods of intervention and what to do when those are not working properly’
NETwork Training for Schools
I learnt so much from this workshop and would recommend it without hesitation. I can’t wait to go back and use the procedures for dealing with extremely challenging behaviours on my class!”
Testimonial from a school
“Network Interventions were thoroughly professional at all times. They maintained an excellent relationship with the staff and were responsive and adaptable in their meeting times and methodologies. They offered support and advice to staff and were always friendly and courteous, demonstrating a genuine desire to forge a productive relationship for the benefit of the child.”
Paul, Head teacher, UK.
John was a four year old boy whose professionals and families were pursuing a diagnosis of high functioning autism. John made no eye contact with his family or peers. Although he had speech, this was only used in a self stimulatory capacity and not with any communicative intent. John made no contact with peers at nursery and followed no instructions. His parents were unsure of whether he noticed when his family and siblings were present. John had worn the same pair of tracksuit bottoms for two years, with his mother taking them off whilst he was sleeping, washing them and putting them back on him during his sleep as his meltdowns without them were so harrowing.
With just two consultations and weekly contact for six weeks, John was wearing new clothes, making eye contact and beginning to request. Within one term John was following all instructions at home and in school and conversing with peers. John’s family had quarterly visits from Louise over the next year and now is fully integrated in school entering year two in September. John has a group of good friends and is indistinguishable from his peers. He didn’t need a diagnosis in the end.
Jack is a six year old boy with a diagnosis of language delay. Jack had no friends, was unable to follow multiple step instructions at home or school and had at least one tantrum each day at home lasting over one hour. Jack asked no questions at school and only made simple requests at home. Jack’s mum contacted NETwork Interventions as school had told her that ‘although he had significant impairments they weren’t as bad as others’ so could not help. Rather than fighting for a new diagnosis or statement, Jack’s mum decided to concentrate on therapy. Two consultations later and one in school consultation, Jack has on average one tantrum a week lasting ten minutes. He is having successful play dates and is now asking and answering advanced WH questions both in and out of school. Jack and his family are still working and making progress with Louise.
Nathan is a six year old boy who had previously been on a traditional ABA programme since he was two years old. Nathan had lots of receptive skills and skills from the tacting (labeling) repertoire, however he still had no functional expressive communication skills and as a result had no friends, cried for an hour before school every day and often engaged in inappropriate attention seeking and escape behaviours. The first thing NETwork Interventions did was to remove all ITT programmes and teach him 100% in the natural environment. Within three months Nathan was requesting within sentences. One year later, Nathan has learned all academic and social skills rendering him indistinguishable from his peers at school. Nathan will repeat year one enabling him to make a new set of friends with no previous associations of his current peers and will not have a teaching aide.
Hannah and Hermione, Surrey
Hannah and Hermione were eleven months old when they first came to us. The twins’ older brother was on an intensive verbal behaviour programme for his autism and cerebral palsy. Hannah and Hermione both did not engage in behaviours which their parents would have been expecting and concerns had been raised by their midwife. Neither girls were making eye contact or babbling and neither seemed to notice the presence of their mother. Despite being told to wait until they were eighteen months old by the family Doctor, Hannah and Hermiones’ parents were keen to address any area they could and not let any gaps increase between them and their typically developing peers. Through the processes of simple conditioning, Hannah and Hermione learned to make eye contact for communicative intent. We then taught them some simple signs. Both girls are now twenty months old, have lots of words, are tottering about and are very social little ones!
Xac came to us at two years old with a diagnosis of autism. He had no language, cried for 75% of his waking hours and followed no instructions. NETwork Interventions recruited a team of therapists to work with his family and addressed both intensive and natural environment teaching. Xac has been with us for eighteen months now and is requesting in four word utterances, answering simple questions and following multiple step instructions. We are now teaching Xac to request attention which is a very fun part of his programming! Xac is enjoying three mornings a week at a local nursery and has two play dates with his typically developing peers each week.
Sascha’s father phoned us with, he felt, nowhere else to turn. Sascha was seven years old and had elective mutism/selective mutism. She would not sleep until 11pm in her father’s bed and was waking at 5am. Sascha had a restrictive diet of eating only orange foods. Sascha’s father was unable to afford face to face consultations, so opted for our long distance programming option which consisted of a video consultation and fortnightly data and video review with monthly phone calls with their consultant. Within three months Sascha was eating anything put in front of her (apart from cauliflower!), was sleeping in her own bed at 8pm and coming in to wake her dad at 7am each morning. Within one month Sascha was requesting at home. Six months on, Sascha is now speaking fully conversationally at home and is requesting at school. Watch this space!
Zicha was eleven years old when he first came to us. Zicha had limited language and engaged in acute self injurious behaviour. Both of Zicha’s parents received counseling through NETwork Interventions to address the stresses in their relationship. Within three months Zicha’s self injurious behaviour was fully eradicated and he was beginning to make known all of his motivations through vocal language. Zicha is now requesting attention and is on a full time in home programme. Zicha will be beginning play dates in September of this year, which we are all very excited about.
John was seven when he came to us. He was at a special school and returning from school covered in bruises and unable to tell his mum what was happening. John was still in nappies, slept for only four hours a night and used pecs to communicate his motivation for three items. We immediately taught sign language for an array of motivators and spent three months pairing new activities and items with reinforcement. John can vocally request for all of his motivations and is continually expanding on things he enjoys. John is taught at a mainstream school each morning and at home with volunteers in the afternoons. John is fully potty trained and his favourite food is now chicken casserole. John speaks with an English accent which is so cute, much to his father’s regret!
Rebecca is a nineteen year old woman who spent the majority of her time in isolation. Rebecca’s sole motivations were for television, drawing blood from her parents and brioche. Rebecca’s family and new team, recruited by NETwork Interventions, received intensive face to face training for three days prior to an evaluation pursuant to an in home programme being delivered. Within one month Rebecca had a wide array of motivations and foods, and within three months Rebecca was requesting for all of these vocally. Rebecca’s parents received separate counseling services from NETwork Interventions throughout the first six months of Rebecca’s programme. Rebecca is now working from home for a local delivery company, and is going out on her own to the local shops. Rebecca has made phenomenal progress, is requesting attention and answering simple WH questions. We are just so proud of her and her family.
David is a seventeen year old boy who has cerebral palsy. David had no speech, a limited eating repertoire and spent the majority of his time watching television. David rarely made eye contact. Three months on David had a wide range of foods which he ate, an ever increasing array of motivations and is now requesting using three word utterances nine months on. Go David!
Kaleb is from one of our families who only use long distance consultations. Kaleb was also on a traditional ABA programme for three years, then a Son Rise programme for a further two years. Kaleb engaged in almost constant self stimulatory behaviour and although would comment, would rarely use vocal language to request and had never initiated a social interaction. It took us over one month to pair his new therapists with reinforcement until Kaleb was readily running to us when we arrived. This is a LONG time! However, three days after that Kaleb was requesting for eight of his motivations. Four weeks later he was requesting for fifty six of his motivators and now, six months on, is requesting attention and asking lots of requests for information. When he began to request information, his mom phoned Louise and asked “What have we done? Kaleb won’t stop asking questions!”
Noah was twenty three when we first met with him and his family. Noah had a motivation for only three items and activities, was entirely prompt dependent for everything he did and had never spoken a word. Within our first two day consultation, Noah began to play independently, make his own drinks, go to the toilet on his own and said his first two spoken words. In addition to this, we taught Noah to write independently so as he could quickly tell his family and therapists his requests. This was two months ago and Noah’s progress is going from strength to strength.
Rocky is a forty one year old man living in a full time care home. Rocky had never spoken and was entirely prompt dependent. For the majority of the time Rocky was being given strong sedatives. His sister contacted NETwork Interventions following attendance at a workshop. Within our first consultation, Rocky was requesting vocally for chips and cola! Rocky can now vocalize an array of motivations, takes medication only to get to sleep at night and is dressing and toileting independently. Rocky goes out with his sister for walks once a week and is now attending a local church which he is loving.
James is from a family of six children, all home educated in New Zealand. When he first came to us he was five years old. James had lots of language but very few social skills. He had an extremely restricted diet and engaged in a high amount of challenging behaviours which were extremely disruptive to his family life. James’s mom rarely took him out as it was such hard work for everybody, and just so emotionally draining for everybody. Through long distance consultations James’s mom implemented some very simple procedures to gain instructional control over James’s behaviour and shape his language. James now has play dates three times a week and is enjoying lots of social groups. He is almost indistinguishable from his peers, which is just what we like to see.
The White family, Surrey
Mr and Mrs White contacted NETwork Interventions after seeing massive progress in their niece’s behaviour. Their niece had been on a full time verbal behaviour programme for six months. When we first met the White family, there was almost no routine in the house. All four children were staying awake until 11pm, often getting into their parents’ bed during the night. The family were constantly warring and rarely socialized as mum found it such hard work. NETwork Interventions helped to counsel mum and dad and put into place simple reward and consequence systems for appropriate and inappropriate behaviours, focusing on positive reinforcement and target behaviours. The family are now socializing regularly, eat dinner together every evening and no one sleeps in mum and dads’ bed any longer. Number five is now due in eight weeks time!
Annie is our beautiful eight year old. She has Rett’s syndrome and we have been working together for over a year now. Annie has ups and downs in her physical progress, and we work closely with her pediatricians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. We adore Annie and her family – they have worked so hard with us. Annie’s parents and grandparents have received behavioural psychology and counseling through NETwork Interventions, as well as ongoing verbal behaviour consultations. We have to continually adapt Annie’s programming to her changing physically abilities, however these go from strength to strength as does her language. Annie was a very intelligent but frustrated little girl when we met, but now has lots of communication skills, a wicked sense of humour, lots of motivations which are fulfilled and the most infectious giggle you’ll ever come across!
Freddie is 5 years old and has Fragile X syndrome. He came to us exhibiting symptoms of autism: language delay; challenging behaviours and lots of struggles with his academic and social skills. Freddie is taught in mainstream nursey for part of the week and at home by his parents and grandma for the other half of the week. He has made phenomenal progress. In one week he was sleeping through the night, within three weeks eating his fruit and veg and within six weeks he was requesting for all his motivators using one word utterances. Six months on, Freddie is a keen korfballer and is requesting using three word utterances and carrier phrases. Freddie has been taught entirely in the natural environment and can request attention. He is just beginning to mand for information (he has got ‘when’ down pat and the others are currently being taught!). His parents have done so well, seeing their consultant once every three months and speaking with her once a fortnight. It’s mainstream reception for Freddie in September!
Lucas is three years old and has downs syndrome. When we first met with his parents, Lucas had already been ‘advised to leave’ his nursery as his behaviour was too problematic and ‘disruptive’ to his class and teachers. Lucas was partial to throwing and biting, and had no language skills. We quickly began teaching Lucas at home using sign language which brought about his vocal speech within just a few weeks. Simple communication skills completely eradicated Lucas’s need to throw and bite. He is now back in a local nursery and attends a local drama and dance group. Lucas has a baby sister now who he is totally enraptured by.
Peter was ten when we first met him. He ran away daily, engaged in almost constant self stimulatory behaviours and had frequent aggressive outbursts towards adults around him. Peter and his family have been with us for nearly two years now. He is at mainstream school with an aide and homeschooled every afternoon and weekend. Peter has frequent play dates, never runs away any longer, loves to cook with his mum and is now asking lots of WH questions. Peter has also found that he loves to ski and surf and attends group lessons with no aides.