By Interactive Metronome - December 27, 2018
Terese Finlay has been a special education teacher for 20 years. Due to lack of support from her school districts, it’s been troubling for her to see her students go without the much needed support, therefore she built her own private practice to help build the gap between home and school, advocate for students and parents at school meetings and/or IEP’s, and develop home programs based on applied behavior analysis (ABA), train parents and staff, provide discrete trials teaching home programs, social skills training & Interactive Metronome.
Name: Terese Finlay
Type of Professional: Special Education & Behavior Consultant
Number of Years Using IM? 15 years
Facility Name & Location: Terese Finlay/Special Education Consultant in Northern Nevada
Background: I’ve been a special education teacher for 20 years. I have taught for up to a year in a half at a time, in three different states (Georgia, Nevada, and California) in 1999, 2003, 2016 in public schools. Due to not receiving support and training from my district, seeing students not receiving appropriate services, and most importantly seeing there was no consistency between home and school I started a private corporation 15 years ago. I have owned private corporations in both Georgia and Nevada and to help build the gap between home and school, advocate for students and parents at school meetings and/or IEP’s, and develop home programs based on applied behavior analysis (ABA), train parents and staff, provide discrete-trials teaching home programs, social skills training, and Interactive Metronome.
Population: Pediatric and adult patients with all types of disabilities including TBI and stroke clients as well.
What do you like most about IM?
It works! It is individualized and interactive and most importantly my clients have all had success.
How has IM helped your practice?
IM has helped my practice by providing an additional evidence-based intervention that has benefited the needs of all my clients. By integrating IM into my interventions my clients have been able to attend and focus longer durations and have had a higher rate of acquisition of skills as well as maintaining skills. IM has also helped my clients to reach a level of self-confidence to expand on their social skills. I work with a lot of clients on behavior intervention plans and IM has helped my clients to have impulse control.
I plan to use the new IM station to expand my business to reach more clients. I also plan to have an office this year so I can provide IM to more clients at a time. My current clients do best with repetition and consistency. IM home is an important part of my interventions as it provides that consistency in order for each of my clients to reach their full potential. In addition to the populations, I currently serve I also intend to expand into the area of golf. We live in a vacation area where I have been approached by golf resorts to offer IM to all their local members not only for improvement in golf but also for individuals who have suffered from strokes, Parkinson’s and TBI. With each of these clients, IM home will benefit each.
Tips for other IM Providers: IM is not a one size fit all approach. After teaching individuals with disabilities for 15 years I really enjoy how IM allows you to make individualized training plans per session based on each client’s unique needs.
Anything else? The IM-Home unit has added a whole new approach to my practice. This has opened so many doors to allow me to work with more clients and most importantly for my clients to reach a more consistent and higher level of success. I recommend this for all IM providers as it would best support each of your clients’ overall success.