thanks so much for this wonderful essay Fay and all the resources! I am very interested in Steven Gutstein's book. Just spend some time on his website...Have also heard about the floortime model but can't find that much info on it....
That was very well written, I have a child with SID and play therapy really helped when he was a young child (he's looking over my shoulder so i have to make it quick ) We use alot of pillows still and he really needs the pressure of being buried in a big pile of pillows. You sound like an amazing mama, Keep it up, and keep writing
Artemisia, the Greenspan book "The Child With Special Needs" has long been considered the "Floortime Bible," but his newer book "Engaging Autism" is much more detailed and offers a scientific study demonstrating the effectiveness of Floortime. If the Floortime concept of "circles of communication" seems vague, then I highly recommend the book "Giggle Time" by Susan Sonders. She gives page after page of solid examples of verbal & non-verbal communicative turn-taking. She proves beyond any doubt that all behavior is communication.
Some parents already practice Floortime intuitively and don't need any instruction. It's all about going back to our instinctive playfulness.
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