We had to place our son, Wayne, in an institution twenty years ago because there were no other places that could handle his behavioral outbursts. Nine years ago, PISCES took him out of that setting and moved him into an adult family home. His behaviors improved over time after the staff at PISCES figured out the root of the problem and worked with him through his stress and behaviors. In 2015,, PISCES moved him into his own apartment. He has staff there with him 24 hours a day and has been BEHAVIOR-FREE (aggression, property destruction, and self-injurious behavior) for over a year now. Wayne works, loves his apartment and staff, and goes into the community every day. As a mother, I can not express enough gratitude for what PISCES has done with my son. I am rest-assured that Wayne is happy and well cared for. He loves his life and continues to make progress all the time. It’s great to know there are places out there like this and people who really care.
We run an owner-occupied adult family home and care for 4 women with developmental disabilities. One of the women, Jamie, has demonstrated pretty intense behaviors on and off since she has been with us for the past couple years. Her case manager suggested that we speak with a Behavior Specialist from PISCES and arranged for a meeting. They come right to your house and sit down and talk to you about what is going on. And they really listen. The Behavior Specialists are non-judgemental, caring, and ready to help. I felt like I could really be myself around them. They made everyone feel comfortable. PISCES talked to us about learning principles and behavior modifcation and wrote programs for us to follow with Jamie. Everything is easy to understand and we have learned so much about behavior and approaches to use with our ladies. One day, Jamie was upset and we were sure that we were going to have a major behavior problem on our hands. We called our Behavior Specialist and she actually rearranged her schedule and came over to help us right away. She was amazing with Jamie and the whole situation was resolved quickly. Jamie’s Behavior Specialist still comes every week to meet with her and with us. PISCES is a great company to work with. We never knew this service was out there. We are so glad our case worker suggested PISCES and it is of no cost to us!
Will and Donna, AFH owners
We met the Behavior Specialists from PISCES when our adult daughter, Ann, who is in on the Autism spectrum, was having problems living at home with us. Ann’s caseworker arranged for PISCES to come into our home and help us. Our daughter was having problems following rules, being disrespectful, and having major verbal outbursts whenever we confronted her about anything. That was 3 years ago. Today Ann is living successfully in her own apartment in a city near us. A Behavior Specialist still goes and sees Ann once a week and is an integral part of her success. Our relationship with our daughter has greatly improved and it is nice seeing her flourishing in her new surroundings. Working with the staff from PISCES has been a great experience. The women we work with are understanding and comforting. They know how to talk to a parent of person with disabilities.
Rose and Carson, parents
We have been working with the Behavior Specialists from PISCES for about 8 months now. We own an AFH and our client had very limited verbal abilities and was having a number of behavior issues. After consultation, PISCES staff determined that Barry had a much larger understanding than we gave him credit for and his behaviors were resulting from his communication deficits. PISCES staff helped us create a specialized PECS system for Barry and also teach him how to use an electronic communication system. Barry had lived with us for over 3 years and I never knew he liked corn dogs!! He can tell me when he wants things now. His behaviors have dropped off completely and our relationship has become very close. PISCES staff continues to work with Barry to make sure he understands how to use his system and continually look to grow his vocabulary. We are so thankful to have the peace restored in our home.
Sally, AFH owner