BEHAVIOUR IS THE RESULT OF PROCESS RATHER THAN CHOICE
We focus on that process in many different ways to increase self-esteem, problem solving ability, emotion regulation,
self-awareness, relationship building ability, personal integrity, personal evaluation ability, positive outlook
ability and much more. By influencing the process, behaviour automatically follows. This is the least intrusive,
but most effective, behaviour management strategy.
Our approach is "Collaborative
Problem Solving" Our program is "OUTCOME" oriented.
It is our belief that the majority of explosive
behaviours are a result of lacking thinking skills
that are contributing to the child's learning disability
in the domains of FLEXIBILITY, FRUSTRATION TOLERANCE
AND PROBLEM-SOLVING. In response we apply the Collaborative
Problem Solving approach which is based on teaching "SKILLS".
One part of our program is to provide each child
with a safe, accepting, caring, structured family
environment and another part of our program is to
help each child achieve certain OUTCOMES which in
our program are called "OUTCOME STATEMENTS".
In order to achieve certain long term outcomes the
child is involved in developing smaller sets of goals.
Each goal addresses a particular need the child has.
On average each child works at a maximum of 3 goals
at one time. Each goal is a small step towards achieving
an individualized predetermined "long term outcome".
Our program is designed to help the child achieve
short term realistic goals and long term realistic
outcomes. Each child and staff has certain responsibilities
and roles to play in this process. A variety of resources
are available to both in order for the child to achieve
certain goals and reach individualized predetermined
long term outcomes. This process is monitored by
regular progress reviews.
Little House has a Christian component. As a family
we attend church services on Sunday. Many of our
children chose to participate in church activities
such as a Christmas play, Sunday school, Boys and
Girls Club etc. Although we share our spirituality
with the children in a caring and sensitive manner,
we do not demand their participation. The children’s
rights to make individual choices and express their
views are being respected.
We find great strength in our faith. When this faith
is in motion it should be recognized by a silent
attitude of compassion for other people, understanding,
caring, acceptance, self-correction, manifestations
of high integrity and a genuine commitment to self-improvement
for personal and societal benefit.
We are committed to create an atmosphere
in our homes and organization, for the children who
live here, that cultivates feelings of acceptance,
belonging, safety and being loved. We try to accomplish
such in a family environment where structure is being
applied with compassion to inspire, stimulate, encourage
and guide each child to reach his/her highest potential
of personal integrity, but also social and vocational
happiness and accomplishments. We will encourage
each child to reach a level of joy and wholeness
through spiritual development.
When a child is being referred to us for placement
we pay due respect to the dynamics in each of our
homes and the background, culture, age and other
important information of the referred child prior
to his/her placement so that we can provide the best
care, safety and well being for all children and
staff and be able to meet each child's unique individual
needs. This process is aimed at minimizing if not
eliminating the risk that this placement breaks down.
Throughout the child's stay with us his/her biological
family is being recognized as an important part of
the child's life.