Evidence supporting a developmental approach to autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities

 

When a child is diagnosed with autism, the family is usually handed a thick report detailing the child's "deficits", along with a recommendation for intensive behavioral therapy. I recently had a client ask me "If my child has a developmental issue, why are they sending him to a behaviorist?" Good question, Mom. Good question.

 

Autism is NOT a behavioral disorder – rather it is a difference in neurological functioning and processing of the brain. The DIR model addresses these core underlying differences in relating, interacting, and communicating (ICDL, 2014)

 

DIRFloortime has the strongest research of any intervention to support its effectiveness in improving the core challenges of autism including relating, interacting, and communicating while decreasing caregiver stress and improving parent-child relationships. Four randomized-controlled studies were published since 2011 identifying statistically significant improvement in children with autism who used Floortime versus traditional behavioral approaches (Solomon, et. al., 2014; Casenheiser, Shanker &Steiben, 2011; Lal and Chhabria, 2013; Pajareya and Kopmaneejumruslers, 2011). These studies also showed the effectiveness of addressing the caregiver (Casenheiser et. al., 2011; Solomon, et.

al., 2014) and specific skill improvement including turn taking, two way communication, understanding cause and effect and emotional thinking (Lal and Chhabria, 2013).

Published in October 2014 Issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics 
 
http://www.playproject.org/assets/PLAY_Project_Home_Consultation_Intervention.1.pdf
 

 

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Published in the Journal - Autism March 2013 vol. 17 no. 2 220-241
 
http://aut.sagepub.com/content/17/2/220
 

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