Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Floortime at Home
Another new approach we're trying is called Floortime. It's actually something we've always done with JD, but he didn't know it had a "name"! Basically, in a VERY short nutshell, Floortime is a way of following your child's lead and joining into their world of play in order to open the window into their emotional life. Once there, you start making connections and try to pull them into our shared world of back-and-forth communications, meaningful relationships and imagination.
It was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and is widely used by parents of children with autism. The goal is by bringing them into our world and getting them to have ongoing interactions then you can help them move up the developmental ladder. Here's a website if you want to read more - it's a 10 minute read but it's really interesting! http://www.icdl.com/dirFloortime/newsletter/FloortimeWhatitReallyisandisnt.shtml