“Let’s help our children become the poets of their inner lives. “ -Stanley Greenspan (photo: Dr. Greenspan; DIRFloortime®)
Play is a voluntary activity and is differentiated from social skills training in which specialized skills are methodically taught. These skills are learned subtly through assistance and exchanges with others. Floor Time is based on child initiations that are supported by adults. In this model the child is the center of this universe.
The primary advantage of this model is that it allows children with autism spectrum disorders the opportunity to explore relationships with others on their own terms, without the imposition of adult demands.
Floortime therapy derives from the Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based model (DIR) created by child psychia...
We all play for a variety of reasons – learning, exercise, stimulation, and entertainment – and it’s very much the same for autistic children. They’re learning and exploring the world, testing out ideas and having a good time – but it’s just not always in the way that we experience play.
How autism spectrum disorder can affect play:
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Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) enjoy playing, they can find some types of play difficult. It’s common for them to have very limited play – play with only a few toys or play in a repetitive way. Because ASD affects the development of social and communication skills, it can also affect the development of important skills needed for play –...
Research done in the last 50 years or so has shown that music is a very effective method of reaching out to those who are otherwise emotionally, psychologically, or neurologically isolated from the rest of society- and thus, in this case, autistic people.
The obvious question that follows once this sinks in is that “Why?”
Why does music elicit such a strong response? Why is music therapy so effective in helping children with autism?
This is no trivial question. Many mundane tasks that are ordinarily taken for granted can be quite daunting for those struggling with autism because they require regular functioning of either the left or the right brain, which is a luxury they do not have. A typical example: speech and visual skills.
Music appreciation and playing music requires both sides ...
Just like most other children and teenagers, developing romantic feelings and develop sexual urges is part of growing up.
A caveat however, because they struggle with autism, the development of kids with autism is sometimes hampered and delayed in many areas – this includes sexuality as well.
So just because they “look” the part does not mean they are ready yet and just because they may not show any signs, does not mean they are not curious.
To be sure, sexuality goes far beyond just sex, and has to do with the amount of awareness of the individual to the changes in their body and how they feel about and adjust to these changes.
For kids on the autism spectrum, this awareness of self and the changes occurring inside does not come with a corresponding awareness of the social landscape a...
There is mounting evidence from research that proper nutrition may be a cornerstone in autism therapy.
Just as autism can take on the look of a cluster of symptoms, its cause can be attributed to several factors such as genetics, environment, and, after much research, possibly nutrition.
Nutritional therapy can go a long way in reversing many of the effects or symptoms of autism.
Given that many autistic children suffer from irregular digestion, a major part of nutrition therapy consists in restoring balance in the gut.
Other aims include – restoring balance to blood sugar levels, eliminating dangerous heavy metals from the system if they exist, identifying and tackling food allergies and nutritional deficiencies and ensuring the intake of adequate amounts of essential fats like Omega-3.
Routine Basic Exercise for Autistic People
Many of the activities which we perform in everyday life are possible because of the physical skills and developments which we adopt in our early childhood. Over time these are generalised to cover a host of possibilities that enable us to perform various physical tasks.
However, this is not the case for those who struggle with autism. The gross motor imbalances that plague them in childhood often affect their posture, gait and their ability to perform more complex movements like pulling, climbing running and so on.
A good proactive way to help this situation will be engaging autistic children in basic routine exercises that stretch relevant muscles so that they can develop normally...
Autism, Therapy & Treatment
In the wake of the recent rise in popular distrust of the science community and its findings, fuelled by movies like Vaxxed that purport that vaccines may be the cause of “the increasing rates of autism” in the present day, now would be the perfect time to debunk a few myths, as concerns this issue.
Children, Therapy & Treatment
According to Lucy Bowen, Play Therapist and Executive Director of National Association for Play Therapy, India, “Play is important to a child’s development and learning. It isn’t just physical. It can involve cognitive, imaginative, creative, emotional and social aspects. It is the most common way children express their impulse to explore, experiment and understand. Children of all ages play.”
Michael Brannigan is 19 years old and one of the fastest runners in the world. He also happens to be autistic.
He is part of the US track team at this year 2016’s Paralympics in Rio-an achievement that brings to fulfilment, a dream he expressed over a year ago while still in high school.
His parents, coaches and peers cannot say they are totally surprised by this achievement: Mike broke the illustrious five-minute mile in the seventh grade.
By definition, those who struggle with autism have a hard time interacting socially with others. It would be over simplifying things to say that most of their social exchanges are riddled with foot in the mouth comments, because they are usually unaware of what counts as appropriate exchange and what doesn’t –in order words, on their own they are not capable of grasping the social situation around them enough to know when to be embarrassed.