Engaging Autism: Helping Children Relate, Communicate and Think with the DIR Floortime Approach

 
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The long-awaited landmark guide to autism and ASD by the authors of the timeless classic The Child with Special Needs

The inspiring success of Dr. Stanley Greenspan's unique approach to autism and ASD (autistic spectrum disorders) is known to grateful parents and to professionals throughout the world. Now at last his highly effective and influential program is presented in one clear and accessible volume.

A number of innovative, exciting features distinguish Greenspan's approach to autism: First, his program has demonstrated that children with signs of autism or autistic spectrum disorders do not have a fixed, limited potential, but in many cases can join their peers and lead full, healthy lives, emotionally and intellectually. Secondly, his approach can be applied at a very early stage, when signs of autism first appear. Thus, the hope of preventing the full onset of autism becomes a real possibility. Third, the approach empowers the entire family to promote their child's development throughout each day. Also, the DIR Floortime approach guides the efforts of speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and educators to work with the family and builds on the latest research on the development of the mind and brain.

As cases of autism continue to rise worldwide, Dr. Greenspan's extremely successful Floortime approach is producing very promising results that could one day stem the tide against this dread disorder. No one involved in the care of children with autism, parent or professional, can afford to be without this landmark work.

Customer Reviews:

  • Engaging Autism: Helping Children Relate, Communicate & Think with the DIR Floortime Approach
    This book is a must read for parents with an autistic child. This book is easy to read and understand. Dr. Greenspan has made me feel I will be able to help my son fully recover. This is the 1st time in 3 years I have hope! My son is moderate to severly autistic. We have been doing Floortime & have seen much success. What a natural way of helping him & having fun doing it. Thank you Dr. Greenspan....more info
  • ENGAGING AUTISM
    The book gives you insight not only about autism but as well how our feelings and social skills develop in general.
    An autistic person meets with respect for her unique personality, the aim is to support personal growth not to manipulate behavior. It has humanistic approach to see a man as an integrated whole personality not just as a number of separate functions....more info
  • Good book, recommended by a Doctor.
    This is a good book. Bought it for my sister and my sister and my brother-in-law
    are finding it very informative and useful.

    On the same topic, ADHD as Autism requires lot of pointers for the parents, when
    their kids/family members or friends are diagonised. May be there are lot of pointers
    and information already, but I find it hard to get some directions on this.

    Also, the medical community over here in US could share their invaluable knowledge and
    expertise to countries like India, where this is new and parents like my sister are
    suffering, lacking all this information, guidance and pointers - I really mean that.

    Thanks for all involved in writing this book.
    ...more info
  • Engaging Autism
    Really well-written and so on target. I have shared it with several families and their response to it has been so positive...they feel they now have a realistic way to try to play with and communicate with their child. We are also using this approach with several students at our school and witnessing appropriate responses from them....more info
  • A new hope for parents of children with autism
    This is an amazing book. The DIR /Floortime model is very rich, a wonderful alternative for children with autism. The book is very readable and the methodology is explained very clearly, in language that the lay person can follow. There is also a very good review of the modern theories about autism. I highly reccomend this book...more info
  • very repetitive
    I was very disappointed in this book. There was very little information in the book. It basically just kept repeating the same general concept over and over again. As an educator of elementary age ASD students, I was hoping to expand upon the TEACCH and ABA approaches that I have been employing. But, I found very little information that was useful. I have read literally hundreds of books about autism and related disorders, including many first hand accounts. The authors of this book did not seem to demonstrate a firm understanding of autism spectrum conditions. ...more info
  • Kids of all ages can achieve against previously-held odds against them
    The Floortime approach is the foundation of understanding how kids relate and communicate --and the basis for engaging all types of ASD, from Asperger's Syndrome to autistic kids. The approach is Dr. Greenspan's unique creation so there's no better expert on the subject as he offers parents and pros an option for using the Floortime program to realize a child's complete potential regardless of symptoms. The latest brain research supports his program, which shows that kids of all ages can achieve against previously-held odds against them.

    Diane C. Donovan
    California Bookwatch
    ...more info
  • Excellent Book! Recommended for ALL parents with special needs child(ren)
    Excellent book! Highly recommended! Our son is progressing with more positive results and LESS tears! We found this in our library and HAD to purchase it....more info
  • Big payoff for a method schools can't do. Surprised?
    My daughter is 8. We did the early intervention from age 2,Kind. and 1st grade. School goals were to make her autism not so obvious by teaching her to be quiet in class and follow a schedule. I found a mom who did her own consulting. Her daughter started non verbal at age 2 like mine. However, she used Greenspan and her daughter is amazing and in a reg. Kindergarten with no shadows. Very articulate, executive functioning (planning etc) is excellent. When asked how she did this she replied I worked my "blank" off! You would be amazed at what floor time accomplishes. We got pretty normal eye contact in a month. When you imitate them they look at you. She has learned nouns, not nouns, verbs, pronouns... When I read Greenspan I found a wealth of ideas for all kind of situations and I needed stories to see how to do it. She doesn't need much chair time except some of homeschooling. I want a kid who argues with her brother, can whine like any kid. I want her to play and make friends. Remember, be a kid yourself,laugh,have fun during therapy. Your presence has to be the reason playing is more fun. Read Greenspan. I did like the second book better. My husband and I have seen such huge positive changes. You begin to take for granted what didn't exist before. Isn't that nice? Greenspan keeps it functional, real life teaching in the moment! P.S. The disciplinarian teaches nothing. Knock off the military mindset....more info
  • Excellent resource and practical guide to autism
    I am a psychologist (PHD) and also mother to a child with Autism. I own several of Greenspan's other books and have been doing floortime with my son for 3 years. This book is an excellent resource for parents of autistic spectrum kids or professionals who work with these children. I had read Greenspan and Wieder's earlier book on floortime, but this 2nd book expands on the method considerably, laying it out in an even better format. It is also interesting to read Greenspan's examples of cases that he has worked with. Since children on the spectrum are so diverse, these examples are varied and represent ways that floortime can be used with children who have many different issues. I highly recommend this book. It is designed for parents to read, so anyone considering buying it should not feel that they have to be a professional to understand it....more info
  • Overly generalized
    When I bought this book, I was expecting helpful solutions, but all I got were general facts that most parents of autistic children already know. The book definitely needed more specific information on how to handle problems. ...more info
  • An essential resource for parents and professionals
    Engaging Autism provides clear, practical information on how parents, therapists, and other caregivers can use the DIR/Floortime Approach to help children with autism spectrum disorders. As a pediatric OT and author of a book on sensory integration issues, I really appreciate Dr. Greenspan's explanations of sensory modulation difficulties and sensory and emotional overload and how these problems interfere with development. He examines a few of the many challenges posed by sensory issues, such as potty training and mealtime, and offers some good strategies, including working with a knowledgeable occupational therapist. This excellent resource helps parents start asking the right questions about what approach to use to help the child with ASD, provides useful advice on handling everyday problems, and offers current brain research and efficacy studies about the DIR/Floortime approach.
    --Lindsey Biel www.sensorysmarts.com...more info
  • Good beginner Floortime book
    I am "seasoned" in DIR/FT, having read numerous books by Dr. Greenspan and Dr. Wieder and attended ICDL and Floortime Foundation conferences. This book thoroughly explains the core deficits of autism spectrum disorder and the DIR/FT approach. If your child was recently diagnosed with ASD or if you have an older child/adolescent with difficulty with social interactions (pragmatic language) or sensory needs, this is an excellent book to read. There are also examples with respect to integrating FT into the school curriculum. It complements Dr. Greenspan's "The Child with Special Needs". ...more info
  • Excellent Book! Recommended for ALL parents with special needs child(ren)
    Excellent book! Highly recommended! Our son is progressing with more positive results and LESS tears! We found this in our library and HAD to purchase it....more info
  • Not aimed at parents with adolescents
    I purchased this book as a parent with a recently diagnosed adolescent with autism spectrum disorder, but the book is a better source for parents/educators/professionals with very young children. ...more info
  • Too Much Engaging and Too Little Information
    I have been a Learning Specialist for nearly twenty years at the high school and community college levels. When I read "Engaging Autism" by Stanley I. Greenspan, I was anticipating a book filled with fresh information, scientific validity, and ideas that could be realistically applied in a variety of classroom settings. Instead, I read page after page of disappointment. DIR/Floortime is an interesting/innovative approach for helping individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. However, this book was extremely weak in the following areas: repetition of the same ideas/concepts throughout the work, reliance on anecdotal information, no scientific validation of information, absence of an in-depth bibliography, frequent reference to products written by Greenspan and his team, and lack of organization throughout the text. DIR/Floortime is presented as too simplistic when in actuality it appears to be extremely time consuming and labor instensive which is impractical in contemporary public education settings. The author recommends homeschooling and intense family involvement as though this was a simple solution. However, parents uusually do not have the extensive time or expertise to devote to the DIR/Floortime approach. If you are interested in learning what DIR/Floortime entails, I recommend researching Internet sources or consulting works by other authors. This book is largely a waste of time for professionals in the field of special education. Unless you want to read a rehash of ideas over and over again, I would not waste my time with this book. I was going to order another book by Dr. Greenspan entitled "The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth" but will not be doing it at this time.

    ...more info
  • Good book, recommended by a Doctor.
    This is a good book. Bought it for my sister and my sister and my brother-in-law
    are finding it very informative and useful.

    On the same topic, ADHD as Autism requires lot of pointers for the parents, when
    their kids/family members or friends are diagonised. May be there are lot of pointers
    and information already, but I find it hard to get some directions on this.

    Also, the medical community over here in US could share their invaluable knowledge and
    expertise to countries like India, where this is new and parents like my sister are
    suffering, lacking all this information, guidance and pointers - I really mean that.

    Thanks for all involved in writing this book.
    ...more info
  • Definitely helpful
    Engaging Autism has been one of my mainstays for working with families with children in the autism spectrum. I have been able to teach them simple strategies from the Floortime method that allows them to quickly see glimmers of engagement with their children. Dr. Greenspan's explanations of why these children have problems and how to help them find us worth joining is very thoughtful.

    Parents that I have recommended this book to have come back with a better appreciation of the struggles and strengths of their children. They are more ready to get down to their child's developmental social-emotional level to allow them to grow, thus enabling them to be available to the other therapies that are needed.

    Not everyone has a Floortime/DIR trained therapist available to work with them, but with this book they at least have some strategies to include as they play with, work with, and learn to enjoy the child they have....more info
  • Useful
    Nice to know more than one method for teaching children with Autism. This book has great information to help you individualize teaching for young children with Autism....more info
  • Good introduction
    This is a good introduction to the Floortime method. It includes lots of practical tips and real-life examples....more info
  • Autism and Floortime
    This is a detailed look at a difficult subject but for the parent of a child with autism it is one of those stones that should not go unturned. Dr. Greenspan makes the extraordinary claim that he has treated thousands of children and adults with ASD and has never seen one that could not be moved forward on the spectrum, not even one. In many cases they have been be able to join their peers in full healthy emotional and intellectual lives.

    Dr. Greenspan is no quack. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School. He and Dr. Serena Wieder have spent the last twenty five years developing the approach they call Floortime. Their thesis is that all learning begins with emotion. The tiniest infant typically bonds and begins to communicate with its mother because it finds that communication pleasurable and desirable. Each little step in the process represents a foundational building block required for the next step. Children with autism have missed some of those building blocks. The idea behind Floortime is to meet the child wherever she is emotionally. Find what the child likes to do. Join her in the activity. Follow her lead and establish an emotional bond that can be used to communicate in a way the child finds pleasurable. That in turn can allow her to put some of the missing foundation in place. Over time the child moves up on the spectrum.

    I find Dr. Greenspan's success stories inspirational. My four year old grandson has made remarkable progress in the two years since he was diagnosed with autism. He plays with his peers, makes strong eye contact, and laughs with his dad. But for the past six months or so he seems to be stuck on a language plateau. He hasn't regressed, but beyond asking for what he wants he is distressingly quiet, rarely engaging in conversation though he loves to sing. And his stimming has gotten worse. Don't bother to look it up. You won't find it in Webster's, not even in the unabridged edition. It's what Greenspan calls self-stimulation and Weston's mother calls sensory overload. Weston dances on his toes in what Mom and Dad call his happy dance. He also paces incessantly back and forth in a little trot. He is excessively excited and that appears to be interfering with his therapy. If I understand Greenspan, he would see it as an opportunity. Weston does that because it makes him feel good. So dance with him, sing with him and if he wants to trot, trot. Let him share his pleasure with you. Turn it into a game. It could be a non-verbal game that would help him develop an appreciation for non-verbal cues such as tone of voice, body language, even flirting. It just might add a foundation building block. That would be a wonderful thing.
    ...more info
  • Engaging Autism
    Really well-written and so on target. I have shared it with several families and their response to it has been so positive...they feel they now have a realistic way to try to play with and communicate with their child. We are also using this approach with several students at our school and witnessing appropriate responses from them....more info

 

 
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