In The Devil and Miss Prym, Paulo Coelho wrote, "When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny."
My destiny is to change the early intervention world. This might be lofty and pretentious, but life is short, and plenty of people want to join me.
My career has included service as a teacher of blind and visually impaired children, independent-living-skills instructor for blind people, early intervention home visitor, classroom-based coordinator, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, editor, supervisor, administrator, and professor. I've worked at a state school for the blind, local early intervention programs, universities, a children's hospital, and a nonprofit organization.
Now the time has come to consolidate the best of those experiences to help others and to shuck off those experiences that did no good. Thus was born Robin McWilliam Consulting (officially, R. A. McWilliam, LLC).
From 2015 to 2020, I intend to partner with parents, administrators, professionals, and researchers. If my expertise matches their needs, we have a successful partnership.
What is my expertise? First, I have developed the Routines-Based Model for working with young children, birth to 6, with disabilities and their families. Second, I have employed implementation science to bridge the gap between research and practice. Third, all my career I have been an interventionist, working with parents, teachers, and therapists to find the best solutions for getting children engaged--that is, participating meaningfully in their everyday routines. Fourth, as a writer, speaker, and editor, I relish effective communication. Fifth, through my own and my students' research, I have developed skills in quantitative correlational or group-comparison research, qualitative research, and single-subject experimental designs.
All my work is designed to support families, to get children functionally engaged, and to train professionals to use effective practices.
The RAM Group consists of experts in the Routines-Based Model who are available to help with training and technical assistance. These experts are located in the U.S., Portugal, and Spain. See www.ramgroup.info.