ToBo: The Mobile Token Board App for Behavior Modification!

We are proud to announce that our app is in its final stages of development!!! We have worked hard and long with an awesome team to create our vision. We hope that this app will serve as a solid tool and resource for parents and professionals all over the world! We understand the intensity involved with caring for/working with individuals with disability. This app will promote independence, enhance desired behaviors and increase on task behavior.

Below is a video that discusses a sound solution for your behavior modification needs. This video takes you on a quick virtual tour of the hot, new app coming to the Apple App store soon! ToBo is a custom token board right at your fingertip! It is behavior modification made simple! Watch and see how ToBo can save your day!!! ToBo will be launching very soon! Head over and like our Facebook page to be the 1st to know when it hits the market!

Here is the video!!!

Let us know what you think!!

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Behavior Modification: Token Boards

Behavior intervention is a major component of special education. This video provides a proven method for modifying undesired behaviors and increasing on task behaviors. The token economy works by motivating positive behavior changes by using a reward system. Not only is it motivational, but it enhances independence and self-regulation. Token boards can be customized and made by anyone. However, they can be tedious to create and , even, costly. The video introduces ToBo, which places a token boards at your fingertips. Feel free to comment on our video, ask questions, or just say hi 🙂

Regional Centers: Are They Enough??

For the last couple of months, I have been consulting with friends with kids with special needs and clients who seem to feel alone and defeated.  How is this so?  Why is this so?  Well, that is the same questions that I asked.  I find it strange that the information, services and support that these families are legally entitled to is just not enough.  This makes me very uncomfortable and eager to help!  This is, by no means, an attack on regional centers.  I am, simply, hoping to get a dialogue going and provide a safe place for families to share their experiences.   With that being said, let us discuss the function of a regional center.  Who is eligible to use a regional center?  I researched the Department of Developmental Services’ website for some basic facts and functions of regional centers.

Who is eligible?

“To be eligible for services, a person must have a disability that begins before the person’s 18th birthday, be expected to continue indefinitely and present a substantial disability as defined in Section 4512 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. Eligibility is established through diagnosis and assessment performed by regional centers.  Infants and toddlers (age 0 to 36 months) who are at risk of having developmental disabilities or who have a developmental delay may also qualify for services. The criteria for determining the eligibility of infants and toddlers is specified in Section 95014 of the California Government Code. In addition, individuals at risk of having a child with a developmental disability may be eligible for genetic diagnosis, counseling and other prevention services. For information about these services, see Early Start.”  (http://www.dds.ca.gov/General/Eligibility.cfm, 2015)

It is very important for parents and families to be aware of the eligibility criterion.  It is ALWAYS better to go into the regional center with prior knowledge pertaining to the eligibility process.  This optimizes the experience and its results.

What do regional centers provide?

Some of the services and supports provided by the regional centers include:

  • Information and referral
  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Counseling
  • Lifelong individualized planning and service coordination
  • Purchase of necessary services included in the individual program plan
  • Resource development
  • Outreach
  • Assistance in finding and using community and other resources
  • Advocacy for the protection of legal, civil and service rights
  • Early intervention services for at risk infants and their families
  • Genetic counseling
  • Family support
  • Planning, placement, and monitoring for 24-hour out-of-home care
  • Training and educational opportunities for individuals and families
  • Community education about developmental disabilities (http://www.dds.ca.gov/rc/RCSvs.cfm, 2015)

Those are the facts.  However, I have run into several families that have expressed a sense of disappointment, confusion, and abandonment when it comes to their experiences with their regional center.  Is this due to a lack of knowledge on the families’ part, or discrepancy in the function of the regional center?  Regional centers are huge entities with huge caseloads.  Unfortunately, it is not enough to walk into one with no prior knowledge.  There are things that families should walk in equipped with.  It is not safe to put all of your faith into the eligibility worker, they are human!  Several people do this and they leave feeling defeated and unsupported.  No one knows your child and their needs better than you.  You have to be an active advocate, or hire one!  Sometimes, this is not financially possible.  However, it is free to do research.  It is more affordable to consult with a professional prior to inquiring about eligibility.  It is beneficial to maintain communication with a professional, in addition to the regional center.  This person can help you prepare for meetings, draft letters, prepare questions, and many other things that parents will face as a regional center client.  So, is the regional center enough?? Are you feeling more and more defeated with each regional center experience??

Feel free to post you questions, concerns and experiences.  We want to hear and assist!

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Jewels for Life Consulting Services is dedicated to helping and empowering young adults with disabilities. Our individually-focused approach aims to increase self-determination and improve independence. We offer a variety of services tailored to meet the clients’ needs and interests while offering support and assistance to their family.

We are specialized in Person- Centered Planning and Advocacy, Family Assistance/Support and Community Integration.

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