Grateful parents and professionals worldwide have welcomed this essential guide to the Floortime approach for treating children with any of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Engaging Autism includes 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 fed, limited potential, and may often join their peers to lead full, psychologically healthy lives. The Floortime approach can also be applied at any age-including early infancy, when the first signs of risk for ASD may appear-so that preventing the full development of autism becomes a real possibility.
"Greenspan and Wieder (The Child with Special Needs) start out by redefining autism in realistic yet positive terms which open the door for successful intervention: instead of focusing solely on the autistic spectrum, a more flexible axis measuring progress, on which placement is not fed, can givhttp://dacapopress.com/e parents and children a 'a healthy developmental trajectory,' taking into account such goals as 'showing intimacy and warmth...communicating with gestures...and talking meaningfully.' The authors give readers a pragmatic approach to thinking about people on the autistic spectrum, including specific ideas for enhancing connectivity and communication in people of any age, most of whom 'rarely advance intellectually above the ten-to-twelve-year-old level ... when they could progress far beyond the level of concrete thinking,' if only there were a curriculum that would 'challenge them to do so."' Most of the text is used to help develop an engaging program for someone with autism, including resources and examples, in order to address 'relationships, specific behaviors, the creative use of ideas, and the various processing areas.' This is essential reading for caregivers, parents and friends of people on the spectrum, as well as compelling reading for anyone who wants to learn more about autism."--Publishers Weekly
Stanley I. Greenspan, MD, was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School. He was the author or editor of over thirty-eight books, translated into over a dozen languages, including Growth of the Mind, The Challenging Child, The First Idea with Stuart G. Shanker, DPhil, and, together with T. Berry Brazelton, MD, The Irreducible Needs of Children.
Serena Wieder, PhD, is co-author, with Dr. Greenspan, of The Child with Special Needs and collaborated closely with Dr. Greenspanin his work in the field of autism.
464 pages. 2009