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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

Training…Training…and More Training

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So, once again we are the victims of the stomach virus. This time it was me. Since I have been in bed for several days, I have had the chance to complete a lot of the courses I have signed up for. I will be posting info on the Floortime and meltdown seminars. But, I also wanted to share with you an excellent website that I came across…it is called “moms fighting autism.” Important to note, your child doesn’t actually have the autism diagnosis to benefit from this information. I have listened to a few webinars today. They were as follows: IEP Strategies, Autsims 101-Therapies, etc, and Sensory Integration. Can you think of anything better to do in this horrible weather…ugh!

So, if you are interested in joining the cost is 29.95 for every month you are subscribed. I know over time that can be costly. But, right now they are running an offer to join for the first month for 1.00 dollar…that’s right, 1.00 dollar. You do have to pay the 29.95 but it basically gives you 2 months to listen to as many as possible. There are a lot of great resources on the site and about 10-15 webinars that you can listen to. They are continuing to add new ones all the time. If you don’t have time to listen, please reach out to me and I can give you info that I have on the webinars I have listened to. Enjoy

http://www.momsfightingautism.com/