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Respecting Autism…

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When I first started my blog I posted a segment on the Developmental,Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®/Floortime) model. I recall being mystified but intrigued by theresults I had viewed during an on-line course given by Dr. Greenspan. Following completion of that course and to this day, I utilize the model with my own son diagnosed PDD-NOS.

When I recently heard that the Rebecca School was putting out a casebook on DIR floortime—I had to get my hands on it. As I know you are aware that the Rebecca School is one of the only schools to embrace this model throughout all of their teaching methods. After owning the book just four short days….I’ve finished it! So, here is where I’m at—I landed between “Neurotic New York Mom” Knows Best, and “I love you, now go away.” That’s right…once you read it; you will find yourself relating to so many of the cases. The personal stories in the book are like none other written before. And, those of you that know me well…I can open my own Barnes and Noble-Autism Books ONLY lol. The heartfelt and detailed cases have me wanting to meet the children highlighted in the book. As well as, wanting to learn and implement more DIR with my own son! The practicality of the treatment plans implementedat the Rebecca School had me nodding “yes” throughout the book, and envious at the same time that my son doesn’t attend the school. Lastly, the brilliant excerpts from the late Dr. Greenspan made me feel like I was so lucky to be under his tutelage.

As I mentioned earlier, I was intrigued when I first learned about DIR. After reading this book and feeling so connected with the children highlighted in the cases and hearing the parents’ personal experiences, it now has me—Respecting DIR!

You should pick this book up…you won’tput it down!

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DIR/Floortime…not just for toddlers anymore!

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I am not sure if most of you have the same perception about DIR/Floortime. Well, I have to say, I was under the assumption that Floortime was more for small children and that I had missed the boat with my “soon to be 5 year old.” I was pleasantly surprised that when I signed up to train online with Dr. Greenspan on two other issues, Floortime was part of the package deal. So, at first I was planning on moving along quickly but much to my surprise this method can work at any age. Weather you are playing dolls or trucks with your little one or playing a puzzle or craft project with your older children…it works for all ages. It was so eye opening for me. Here I am thinking that I am always talking to my kids and trying to get them to interact with me, but I was approaching it all wrong….who knew? So, I am going to give you a few tips that I learned by training with Dr. Greenspan. Please note, I am not a therapist or even an expert in this area (still awaiting my test results lol). But, I do think I can tap into what I learned and send it along to you. And, as always…..I am free to chat to share more examples. If I try to put everything on-line it gets to be too much. Ok, so here it goes….

This is what Dr. Greenspan states in his training:

Enter the child’s world through back and forth conversations, pretend play

Your point of entry is the child’s interests

Follow the child’s lead to draw him into a shared world

Challenge the child to move up and master higher level

Redefine each child’s potential by the intervention you create

Do not know the outcome in advance

Key is creating an optimal program and increasing the child’s learning curve

Not trying to make the child reach a predefined potential

Even with slow progress it is very important to stay with the basics while pursuing new innovations.

So, how does that translate into the “real world”…it is all about completing the circles of communication. In the attached document Dr. Greenspan describes in more-depth an overview on Floortime as well as provides and example of a young boy that started with the therapy as a toddler thru his progress as a 6year old. Also, I think the most important thing about Floortime is that the parent is supposed to be trained. Yes, it can be done by therapists, but Dr. Greenspan believes that the parents must be involved and using the techniques as well. Enjoy!

I am not sure if most of you have the same perception about DIR/Floortime. Well, I have to say, I was under the assumption that Floortime was more for small children and that I had missed the boat with my “soon to be 5 year old.” I was pleasantly surprised that when I signed up to train online with Dr. Greenspan on two other issues, Floortime was part of the package deal. So, at first I was planning on moving along quickly but much to my surprise this method can work at any age. Weather you are playing dolls or trucks with your little one or playing a puzzle or craft project with your older children…it works for all ages. It was so eye opening for me. Here I am thinking that I am always talking to my kids and trying to get them to interact with me, but I was approaching it all wrong….who new? So, I am going to give you a few tips that I learned by training with Dr. Greenspan. Please note, I am not a therapist or even an expert in this area (still awaiting my test results lol). But, I do think I can tap into what I learned and send along it to you. And, as always…..I am free to chat to share more examples. If I try to put everything on-line it gets to be too much. Ok, so here it goes….

This is what Dr. Greenspan states in his training:

Enter the child’s world through back and forth conversations, pretend play

Your point of entry is the child’s interests

Follow the child’s lead to draw him into a shared world

Challenge the child to move up and master higher level
Redefine each child’s potential by the intervention you create

Do not know the outcome in advance

Key is creating an optimal program and increasing the child’s learning curve

Not trying to make the child reach a predefined potential

Even with slow progress it is very important to stay with the basics while pursuing new innovations.

So, how does that translate into the “real world”…it is all about completing the circles of communication. In the attached document Dr. Greenspan describes in more-depth an overview on Floortime as well as provides and example of a young boy that started with the therapy as a toddler thru his progress as a 6year old. Also, I think the most important thing about Floortime is that the parent is supposed to be trained. Yes, it can be done by therapists, but Dr. Greenspan believes that the parents must be involved and using the techniques as well. Enjoy!

http://hss.state.ak.us/ocs/ECCS/pdf/ClimbingtheSymbolicLadder.pdf

Going back to school…well, not really just training!

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Hello Parents, just wanted to let you know that starting this upcoming Friday I will be taking a few courses given by Stanley Greenspan. For those of you that are familiar with him, you probably know him best for his work educating parents and professionals on the DIR floortime model. This upcoming course includes training on the floortime model as well as 3 other courses on how to best handle meltdowns, information on sensory processing disorders, and a lifespan approach. I am very excited to learn new techniques and information that can help me with my son! Of course, I will be sharing my learnings with all of you on my blog….but as you know, I am in no way a professional! So, my interpretation of some techniques can be different than an observation made from a therapist. However, once the course is complete—I am thinking around end of April, I will be more than happy to share with those who are interested in hearing in more detail about the training (than listed on the blog). If you are interested in hearing about the training and would like to ask specific questions please feel free to email me at rosiemom2@ymail.com. I will let you all know when I graduate! I hope this goes better than my last school experience. Lol! Some details below on the course.

Taught by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D.

The Basic Course includes:
• Dynamic developmental approaches to observation, assessment, and intervention planning including the Functional Emotional Assessment Scale (FEAS) methods to meet both clinical and administrative requirements.

• A comprehensive developmental approach to intervention based on functional developmental level, individual differences, and interactive relationships (DIR® Model, Floortime™).

• Interventions for different subtypes of:
(1) severe communication and relationship problems, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Multisystem Developmental Disorders, (2) regulatory, learning and behavior disorders, and (3) environmental and family disturbances.

• In addition, the Course will include segments on:
o Promoting the qualities that make children Great Kids such as empathy, curiosity and logical thinking. Based on the book: Great Kids. Helping Your Baby and Child Develop the 10 Essential Qualities for a Healthy, Happy Life. (2007) By Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., Da Capo Press.
o Autism Spectrum Disorders: prevention, early identification and early intervention
o Developmental insights on difficulties with attention, obsessive compulsive behavior and anxiety in children with ASD
o Tailoring education to each child’s unique interests, strengths and challenges; enabling all children to become active learners

Plus 3 additional workshops on:
A Lifespan Approach to Autism: An exploration of different types and ages of individuals with ASD and the best ways to advance their development
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Meltdowns: Helping infants, children and adolescents overcome behavior problems, aggression and tantrums

Regulatory Sensory Processing Disorders: Including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Regulatory Disorder, ADHD, Behavior Problems and Learning Challenges