Parents & Caregivers
We at ICDL know that when a parent is searching the web and reading our website, there are probably more questions and emotions that are present than any webpage could ever address.  We know that most parents are reading our website because they are looking for answers to help their child.  There may be an autism diagnosis that has been given or a parent may have been told that their child has a "special need."  It can be a very difficult, complicated, confusing, and draining process as a parent to seek out answers and resources.  We have found though, that no matter the exact situation or diagnosis, there is one common theme that parents come to us with - they just want their child to be happy and they want to know how best to help their child continually strive towards their fullest potential. 

While we at ICDL recognize that there are many approaches to helping children develop and to helping children with Autism, we strongly beleive that a DIRFloortime approach is the key to unlocking both the child's fullest potential and in many ways, helping the parent unlock his or her own fullest potential as a parent.  In general, we are not opposed to other interventions such as behavioral approaches, but we also fully understand from the science of child development, that engaging with a child using a DIRFloortime approach can have an amazing impact on the overall development of a child. 

There are many incredible resources on the internet and in many communities that can help parents.  We encourage you to take a look at the resources and information shown below and see what makes sense to you as a parent. 

My Child is More than Just a Behavior:  A short commentary by Jeffrey Guenzel, ICDL's CEO 

Educational Interventions

Interacting with Autism:  A very informative site with many videos that are educational, moving, and inspiring. 

Autistic-Like, Graham's Story:  A story of two parents helping their child with Autism-like challenges.   

Inspiring and Helpful Videos

Being in the Moment by Mike Fields

Self-regulation is different than self-control.  Read this helpful guide on Self Regulation by Stuart Shanker

Find professionals, parents, schools, an other centers and organizations that work
within a DIR framework and/or use DIRFloortime as an intervention and support. 

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