Welcome to Day 5 of the Series The Best Therapies for Children With Autism. Today's focus is on Floortime Therapy.
Floortime Therapy was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. It is possible to learn Floortime Therapy at an annual conference headed by Dr. Greenspan. For more information about this annual conference see http://www.stanleygreenspan.com/.
Floortime Therapy is very relational with the main emphasis being on the child's participation in circles of communication. This type of therapy teaches a child to respond naturally to parents and teachers within a relational type of context. In Floortime Therapy the emphasis is on following the child's lead. Floortime Therapy is one of the very few types of intervention that has a solid research backing for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since Floortime Therapy is supported by strong research, it is recommended to be incorporated as the main therapy or at least as one of the treatment modalities used in the child's daily therapeutic program.
This is a very good approach for children with Autism who like to isolate and just be left alone. Dr. Greenspan addresses this problem specifically and shows how to engage even very self absorbed children. Among his many books, Dr. Greenspan has also written one entitled Engaging Autism. Dr. Greenspan's important work should be followed and implemented by any parent who wants to see improvement in children with Autism.