BRAVE Model for parents of children with developmental delays

The BRAVE model provides parents of children with developmental delays with a framework that they can use to understand their child’s needs. The strategies can be adapted by parents for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) too to ensure they are doing the best for their child.

The BRAVE model can help parents to gain the courage, resilience, and confidence they need to help their child to become as happy, healthy, and independent as possible. The model was devised by a Pediatric physiotherapist, Emily Hayles.

B – Be Aware

The sooner you identify your child’s needs and get help, the sooner your child can improve. Families should be able to get help as early as possible, both at the time of identifying concerns or diagnosis and throughout the therapy sessions.

R – Recognize your child’s needs

All your child’s needs are interconnected.  Parents should recognize their child’s unique strengths, as well as identify and get help for their needs, across all areas of development.

A – Assist but do not insist

Helping your child to develop involves helping them to become as independent as possible.  Families should explore all the available options to maximize their child’s independence.

V – Validate your child

To lead a happy and fulfilling life, your child needs to know who they are outside of their diagnosis or disability.  Families should support their children to follow their passions, connect with others in the community, and balance their therapy with free play throughout the day.

E – Empower yourself

Parents and other family members need to be supported equally as much as the child.  Parents should look after themselves, find their support tribe, and fit their child’s needs into a life that they choose.

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Shalini Das

Director, Board Certified Behavior Analyst,Occupational Therapist

Shalini is one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy. She currently oversees the clinical and administrative departments of Symbiosis. Shalini has more than 25 years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Shalini completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy specializing in Pediatric Neurology in 2000. She also has her Masters degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.Shalini is listed in the RASP list as a Behavior Consultant and an Occupational Therapist.

Shalini has extensive clinical experience with assessment and program development that is designed to treat challenging behaviors, build communication, and functional life skills. Some of the team-based intervention which she incorporates are the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), SCERTS, DIR®/Floor time model, etc.

Shalini has trained & supervised several teams of therapists, parents, and other professionals on evidence-based behavioral strategies to improve the quality of life for the children. She also assists with the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment approaches, in addition to providing clinical guidance and mentorship to the Behavioral intervention team.

Shalini is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) from the University of Southern California and in Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) from NDT Association, USA. She also enjoys working with children in Symbiosis embracing different therapy models while viewing the challenges faced by the children through the developmental framework.

Shalini is the mother of two children and understands the importance of considering the needs and wants of all members of the family when establishing therapy goals. She spends her spare time with her children and husband, reading, traveling, and cooking different recipes from around the world.