For children with autism and other developmental delays, the world can be confusing. Trying to communicate with these children can be a struggle, as they often seem to be locked inside their own impenetrable worlds. The DIR-Floortime model offers a way to engage with these children in order to bring them into a shared world, to develop their social, emotional and intellectual capacities.
As an ABA therapist I work with children with ASD and toilet training can be a challenging and emotional process. To avoid it being an overly stressful experience I have put together some tips that parents have found useful.
The connection between the symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and nutrition are increasingly well established. We can see great improvements in behaviour, concentration, focus and digestive complaints by improving the diet and using the right supplements. Any parent considering using nutrition to support their child with ASD should be prepared that it is a long-term therapy that requires diagnostic testing followed by daily supplements in order to get the best results for improving everyday life.
Interesting article in the Guardian today about the relationship between computers and autism...
"In 2001, the technology magazine Wired coined the phrase "geek syndrome" to describe the threefold increase in autism diagnoses in California's Silicon Valley over the space of a decade.
The rumour that Bill Gates himself, founder of Microsoft and figurehead of the world IT industry, displays the traits of Asperger's syndrome, the high-functioning form of autism, spread like wildfire, across – appropriately – the internet.
The late Dr. Stanley Greenspan speaks about DIR/Floortime Therapy in an interview from the film "Autistic-Like: Graham's Story"