• July 9, 2013
  • Generation Rescue
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Introducing Tali Berman

Have you ever had one of those moments when you just knew — that from that moment on your life had changed forever?

The moment I met a little boy named Jeffrey (diagnosed with autism) — the moment his mom opened the door — I knew my life was about to take a remarkable turn.
 
Let me paint a picture of what this 4-year-old boy was like when I met him.
Jeffrey had very low eye contact, used language almost entirely in a non-social way (repeating videos and movies he had seen), would tantrum for HOURS, was still in diapers, had a very limited diet and erratic sleep schedule, and was very limited in the activities he would play.

Jeffrey shut the world out and dove deep into an exclusive world where he spent most of his waking hours. His mother trained me and we applied all that we knew.

Slowly, we began to see this little boy open up.

I worked with Jeffrey for 1.5 years until we integrated him into a typical school setting with no traces of any challenges (his teachers still don’t know about his diagnosis to this day). He grew into a calm, amazingly social, unbelievably articulate and independent boy.

The amazing thing is now, thanks to Facebook, I get to see all his updates, pictures of his high school graduation, his girlfriend at the prom and his newest ambition, recording hip hop music.

I am blown away each time I see the incredible achievements he is making in his life.

My experience with Jeffrey was life changing for me and I decided to dedicate my life’s work to helping children all over the world actualize their potential.

In 2003, I became a certified teacher at The Autism Treatment Center of America and then went on to develop my own systems and strategies. I have had the total honor and privilege of seeing many children of all ages make profound change, and yes, even recover.

Here are some of my core values:

* Belief in infinite possibility. While some of the parents I work with have been told by other specialists that their child has limits to his/her potential, I believe potential is only realized as life unfolds. I believe in infinite possibilities for every child. Experience has shown me that most children exceed all “proposed limits.”

*Motivation is KEY: Creating play that is based on your child’s specific motivations is critical in inspiring meaningful and lasting growth in your child.

* Invitation for change: My approach is not about “fixing” a child to become more “socially appropriate” but about a heartfelt invitation so that a child will be inspired to make the choices and learn the skills necessary to actualize his own potential and bring his/her unique self to the world around him.

* A collaborative approach: Each child is unique and requires a collaborative approach, including biomedical treatments and other customized therapies. I am committed to learning from other experts in the field so I can bring the broadest base of cutting-edge knowledge to each family I serve. This is why I was inspired to contribute to the Generation Rescue blog and join other experts and parents in the field to best serve families.

*Self-care: For a parent, the journey with a child with autism can be incredibly meaningful and awe-inspiring. Yet, it is not a sprint and requires stamina and persistence. Nourishing yourself, (body, mind and spirit) is an absolute must to enhance the quality of your own life and to best help your child. This is a foundational pillar in my work with families and in my own personal life.

I am honored and thrilled to be sharing powerful tools, strategies, paradigm shifts and inspiring stories in my upcoming blog posts, so together, we can turn your child’s potential into reality (not to mention your own!)



Tali Berman is an autism specialist, developmental play expert and author of “Play to Grow! Over 200 games to help your special child develop fundamental social skills” (with foreword by Jenny McCarthy). She is also the founder/leader of the Autism Empowerment Telesummit, gathering top autism experts on her elite panel, reaching thousands of families around the globe. You can learn more at: www.meirautism.org.

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