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Thoughts on Educating Adolescents with Autism.  An article by David Nelson, Director of The Community School in Decatur, GA that appeared in the April, 2009 issue of the DIR/Floortime e-newsletter, Closing Circles.

 The Community School, a private high school for teens with autism was featured in the New York Times and on ABC Good Morning America in October 2008. The school embraces a DIR approach that promotes students social‐emotional development as key to success in learning and in life.  Dave shares his ideas on what teens with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) need in order to learn…. Read more(pdf)


DIR can be very effective with adolescents, young adults, and adults in helping each individual reach his or her fullest potential.  While DIRFloortime often focuses on younger children, the practice and principles are very applicable to adolescents, young adults, and adults. 

In Chapter 26 of the ICDL Clinical Practice Guidelines, Drs Greenspan and Mann wrote:

 When working therapeutically with developmentally disabled adolescents and adults, there are many challenging issues.  The biggest and most significant challenge is to move our thinking beyond the stereotype that children reach a plateau beyond which improvement can only be minimal.  In treating severely compromised older children, adolescents, and adults, many therapists give up trying to promote meaningful developmental progress. They teach only superficial skills and routines instead of trying to support and strengthen the patient’s functional developmental and processing capacities. This limited treatment approach is based on myth and false belief—there are no data to support the idea that individuals at age 14 or 16 or 25 cannot make significant developmental progress…read more (pdf)