Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-09
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Grateful parents and professionals worldwide have welcomed this essential guide to the highly recommended Floortime approach for treating children with any of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Now available in paperback,Engaging Autismincludes new, exciting information on neuroscience research into the effects of this approach, plus guidance for parents navigating the controversies surrounding the treatment of autism.Unlike approaches that focus on changing specific behavior, Greenspan's program promotes the building blocks of healthy emotional and behavioral development. He shows that, remarkably, children with ASD do not have a fixed, limited potential, and may often join their peers to lead full, psychologically healthy lives. The Floortime approach can also be applied at any ageincluding early infancy, when the first signs of risk for ASD may appearso that preventing the full development of autism becomes a real possibility.

Author Biography

Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., author of the widely used and praised books The Challenging Child and (with Serena Wieder, Ph.D.) Engaging Autism, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Serena Wieder, Ph.D., Associate Editor of the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, is co-author with Dr. Greenspan of The Child with Special Needs and a close colleague of Dr. Greenspan's in all his work in the field of autism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: We Can Do Betterp. xi
Improving the Prognosis of Asid: Myths, Facts, Early Signs, and a New Framework
Redefining Autism and the Way we Treat Itp. 3
Myths and Misdiagnoses of ASD, Including AspergerĂs Syndromep. 12
Early and Ongoing SignĂs of ASD Identifying and Helping Babies and Children at Riskp. 28
New Goals Children with ASD: The DIR/Floortime Modelp. 36
Families First
The ˘Family First÷ Inititivep. 57
Fostering Attention and Engagement: Bringing Your Child into a Shared Worldp. 65
Encouraging Two-Way Communication and Social Problem-Solvingp. 78
Symbols, Ideas, and Wordsp. 91
Logical Thinking and the Real Worldp. 105
Higher Levels of Abstract and Reflective Thinkingp. 115
Unique Biologies, 1: Experencing the World Through the Sensesp. 130
Unique Biologies, II: Visual and Auditory Challengesp. 149
Floortime as a Family Approachp. 163
Floortime: What It Is and What It IsnĂtp. 177
Floortime: All the Time Everywhere: Creating Learning Environmentsp. 186
The Hardest Part of Floortime: Following the ChildĂs Lead and Challenging the Child at the Same Timep. 202
Working with Older Children, Adolescents, and Adults with ASD, I: A Lifetime of Learning, written with Henry Mann, M.D.p. 212
Working with Older Children, Adolescents, and Adults with ASD, II: Creating Learning Communitiesp. 229
Assessment and Intervention: The DIR Model
Assessment: The DIR/Floortime Approachp. 241
A Comprehensive Intervention Program Using the DIR/Floortime Approachp. 251
Educational Approaches That Promote Thinking, Communicating, and Academic Progressp. 274
Overcoming Difficult Symptoms
Scripting and Echolaliap. 301
Self-Stimulation, Sensation Craving, Overactivity, and Avoidant Behaviorp. 310
Meal time, Toilet Training, Getting Dresses, and Coping with New Challengesp. 322
Behavior Problemsp. 334
Coping with Feelingsp. 348
Meltdowns and Regressionsp. 361
Developing Social Skillsp. 369
Outcome Studies of the DIR Modelp. 379
How Autism Develops: The DIR Theoryp. 395
Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Relating and Communicatingp. 409
Referencesp. 417
About the Authorsp. 423
Indexp. 425
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