"Tell him SurveyGold saved my son's life."
These were the words of a PhD psychologist whom I met via a telephone call for the first time in May of 2010. The doctor was conveying to me the sentiments of the parents of one of his patients, an autistic teenaged young man.
Helping People with Behavior Challanges
Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. As such, it presents a social challenge for the person with the disorder and those around them. In the case of this particular student, he was labeled a freak and a threat by fellow students and school staff. Consequently, he was kicked out of school. He had no life as a result. You can read between the lines. Things got pretty desperate for him and his family.
The doctor and I were speaking by phone for the first time ever. Prior to our call, he had just finished a session with the young man's parents. He mentioned to them that he was about to speak with the guy [me...Chuck] who created SurveyGold. He asked them, "Is there anything you would like me to tell Chuck?". The parents said, "Tell him SurveyGold saved my son's life."
This Context Hits Close to Home for Me and My Family
I was stunned...humbled...and ever so grateful to hear those remarks. I never, ever envisioned that SurveyGold would be used in a context that would be life-saving. It was a truly amazing moment for me. For more reasons than one...
You see, my wife and I have three fantastic children. Two of them have Tourette's Syndrome, an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by involuntary vocal and physical behaviors known as "tics". As such, we are intimately familiar with the plight of the children and parents served by our new doctor friend.
Enabling a Clinically Significant Process for Behavior Intervention
Furthermore, the doctor is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and his research findings were presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC in August, 2011. My wife and I were honored to be present at the event in our nation's capitol.
SurveyGold Behavior Analysis Edition Is Born
Since that day in May 2010, SurveyGold Behavior Analysis Edition has been developed by Golden Hills Software as a subscription service that activates special features of SurveyGold application. These features provide a valuable solution for parents, care-givers, clinicians, counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, researchers, schools or any environment requiring formal behavior management.
For more information, contact us or check out the brief introductory video on the SurveyGold Behavior Analysis Edition product page.
Golden Hills Software
As the author of SurveyGold, it's my pleasure to serve and collaborate with the diverse community of SurveyGold survey authors, surveyors and respondents.