Behavior Links is also dedicated to educating parents, family members, and professionals in other countries. Services and resources for individuals with special needs and their families are sometimes severely lacking in a lot of countries. If resources are available, some families may not be able to take advantage of them due to distance, cost, or time. A culturally-sensitive, family-centered approach guides all of our international workshops.
We continue our mission in helping families and institutions in Guatemala thanks to the help of Artes Muy Especiales - Guatemala and y la Asociacion Guatemalteca por el Autismo (AGUA).
We provided materials and equipment to adults and children with disabilities in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma. All materials (e.g. diapers, food, generators, and other medical equipment) were hand-delivered to the recipients.
We will be initiating our Proyecto Vicente (Project Vicente) to support individuals with disabilities in Venezuela as the country suffers a widespread humanitarian crisis. More information to come.
Visits to Guatemala
occur every year.
Educational workshops have been held in Guatemala to over 200 families and professionals over the course of two years. We have worked with families from rural and urban areas. Workshops are offered in Spanish with take-home materials. Adaptations are made for our non-reader participants.
Our goal is to continue returning for follow-up visits as well as create new workshops. Past workshops have included 'Managing Challenging Behaviors' and 'Alternative & Augmentative Communication Systems'.
By making a donation, you help us return to Guatemala to support more families with children with special needs.
Direct Consultation and Training
Direct consultation is one-to-one therapeutic support for families and caretakers of children, adolescents, and adults with special needs. We offer this support to families as well as orphanages, institutions, schools, and other organizations in Guatemala. We teach those involved in the child's daily life practical strategies to manage behavior issues, promote communication and interaction, and increase overall adaptive skills.