ISADD and Nurture Pods

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ISADD and Nurture Pods

Postby jache78 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:53 am

Hi there,

Wondering if anyone has any feedback on the home based ABA services provided by ISADD or Nurture Pods?

I am considering engaging either of them to provide ABA at home for my child.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: ISADD and Nurture Pods

Postby WaWa » Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:25 am

HI

Sorry for late response. I only logged in recently and chanced upon this thread.

I have personally tried both.

Just my personal experience, Nurture Pods is better.

I did 1 year with ISADD and had terrible experience with their therapist!
I stuck with them for a year because at that time, there were not many centres offering home-based ABA...

I then moved on to Nurture Pods... and stayed with them for 3 years... I only stopped recently due to funds constraints... if I had millions, I would have loved to continue... if you want to try Nurture Pods, drop me a PM... I can connect you with one of the partners ... rest assured you won't get headaches with therapist who is forever late and yet not make up for the lost time! As with all other ABA services, the only "problem" will be therapists on MC... but I'm okay with that because at least we don't need to pay for that session... with ISADD, the therapist can appear 30 mins' late (without responding to my text messages if she is coming or not) and make up only 10 minutes! Not once nor twice but almost every lesson! Either that or do a 1hr 30 min session and rushed off for her next session before saying "I will make it up next session"... then next session came, she made up only 10 minutes! Highly unprofessional. All my $$$ burnt and my son had no improvement at all.

With Nurture Pods, my son improved but unfortunately we had to stop because ABA is costly :( Most importantly, I do not have to deal with irresponsible therapist who is perpetually late and does not make up fully!

Hope this helps :)

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Re: ISADD and Nurture Pods

Postby jache78 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:37 am

Hi WaWa,

Thank you for your honest feedback!

I did end up engaging ISADD.

Unfortunately, in the past 6 to 8 months of working with them, I have been disappointed. Firstly, I had joined mainly because I was told that they would put my son into an organised playdate. The first 3 months, I kept asking about it. But no action was taken. Eventually I gave up.

I had 2 therapists that actually worked pretty well with my son, he actually looked forward to seeing them. To be honest I cannot tell how much of an influence they had. Another disappointment was that I felt that the case manager was not very interested in really helping my boy. It felt like a job to her. She is a nice girl actually, just not very dedicated to my boy's case.

Another thing I am not comfortable with is that they don't update me on what's going on or what the goals are for my son. I am usually the one initiating things- eg school observations, playdates.

At the end of the day, I get the feeling that ISADD was not really that interested in giving my son the best, cos he didn't seem to really have very serious issues. It just seemed like he was a source of extra income. I guess it's to be expected since their charges are not as high as some of the other ABA providers, and it's a business after all. Kids with special needs are so lucrative right? It's sad.

I have been thinking of quitting ISADD this past week, partly also cos one on one ABA does not really meet my son's main needs- which is to work on socialisation and play skills. And your reply at this point in time, really just helps to confirm what has been on my mind the past week.

I really have nothing against ISADD. I feel a bit bad to say bad things about them here. Maybe it was also my bad luck in terms of timing, etc. And also possibly I have the wrong expectations. If any other parent is thinking of ISADD or any other ABA service provider, it's always best to just make sure you are clear to them as to what you want them to provide to you, and tell them that if they don't deliver on the specifics, they're out.

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Re: ISADD and Nurture Pods

Postby jache78 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:46 am

Just to clarify, in my case, my case manager and therapist were always on time, and they always hit the 2 hours. So my issues were in other areas lah... to be fair to them.

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Re: ISADD and Nurture Pods

Postby WaWa » Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:39 am

Hi Jache
Oh is ISADD cheaper than the rest? TO me, it's all about there... yes lucrative business with special needs kids.. sigh...

I do not know who are your therapists with ISADD... I had a really nice and experienced case manager... I'm not sure if he is still with ISADD though... but because he only came in once a week... the therapist came in twice a week hence her punctuality was a glaring issue... yes I felt the same way as you with my therapist ... ie it is only a job to her...

ISADD was my 1st ABA experience hence i do not know what to expect then and trusted that they know better than me... I even accepted that banging tables and raising voice was the way to guide my SN child !!!! I mean How do you question the therapist if her way is correct when you are new to ABA yourself , right?
I finally took the courage to switch to Nurture Pods (to be honest I had my reservations then w Nurture Pods because at that time they were a new start-up.. I wasn't sure if they had the right expertise etc etc) but the experience was ISADD became so bad that I told myself to take the plunge and before i knew it, it had been 3 years since ! As my son is moderate case, the improvement was slow but at least there's improvement. Not that I have stopped ABA, I worry what lies ahead for my son .... he attends a SN school and to be honest, I am not the sort who is very patient to sit down w him and flash him cards every now & then.... I just pray to God that he will be watching my son and guiding him... for me, I just shower him with lots of love and have zero expectations for him :( So long as he is happy, my job is done sigh.

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Re: ISADD and Nurture Pods

Postby jache78 » Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:39 pm

Hi WaWa

I decided to continue on with ISADD for a while more. After I complained, they sort of stepped things up. So will just go on for some time more and see how things go from there.

In my case, the therapists (both the case manager and the more junior one) worked well with my son. I don't remember them shouting at him or banging table. Just that based on what I see, ISADD in general is just not very focused in helping my son. Whatever steps they take is initiated by me. Like even now, I told them I am thinking of stopping, then they suggest to do more things. But changing is a hassle and since my son likes his therapists, I will just let things be for a while.

Does your son go for any OT and/or ST? I hear that it helps. My son goes for OT once a week to help him with sensory issues. I guess the school would also recommend therapies that will be helpful for him? How old is he? My boy is 3.5.

Being a parent of children who are different sure isn't easy huh? All we want for them is to be able to take care of themselves and lead a happy life when they are grown up. Simple wishes. :)

You take care okay?

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