Building Floortime Families
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 web page 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. DIRFloortime has been used for well over two decades now and the results from clinical practice and research have been impressive. Bottom line: It works! At one time in the past, all we had were behavioral approaches such as ABA. These approaches clearly do not provide all the answers and have significant limitations. Many autistic self-advocates and autism experts have also spoken out strongly about a wide range of negative effects of ABA. As we have learned more and more about child development, we have learned how effective developmental and relationship-based methods like DIRFloortime can be. It is a huge step beyond just controlling behaviors. It is about promoting growth and development in a deep and meaningful way.
Parent Support Meetings
These are drop-in support meetings to help support families that are using Floortime with their children. Parenting a child with special needs can be challenging, but it can still be filled with lots of joy and love. Daria Brown from Affect Autism will lead these sessions. Daria is a parent and holds an Advanced Certificate in DIRFloortime. Come to one or come to all...it is up to you. Start at any point. We are here for you when you need the support, guidance, or just to share stories and experiences. Meetings are Mondays 1:00 - 2:00PM US Eastern Time. These meetings are open to parents from anywhere around the world! Click here to register today.
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.
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.
Self-regulation is different than self-control. Read this helpful guide on Self Regulation by Stuart Shanker
Could It Be Autism?: A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps. By Nancy D. Wiseman (2006) Broadway Books