Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story
This is an intimate family portrait showing on dad’s determined quest to find the right therapies, the right docotrs, and even the right words to describe his son. As he searched, Erik began wondering how other families in the same situation fare. What did it really mean, “autistic-like”? How could or should these parents help their kids?
DIR Support Services
Children with developmental, learning, and/or emotional challenges often benefit from work in three broad areas: mastering social and emotional capacities; learning to think more creatively, logically and reflectively; and strengthening “processing” capacities – motor planning and sequencing, auditory and language, visual spatial, and sensory modulations. The Floortime Center (The DIR Support Services) will develop an individualized plan for each of the areas described above in order to help the child and family work on specific challenges and improve functioning.
Disability is Natural
The mission of Disability is Natural is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life.
the Family Support and Healthcare Alliance Delaware, is an alliance of organizations, agencies and families committed to working together to improve the quality of life of children and youth with special health care needs by improving access to information and services in Delaware. We work with committed partner organizations to strengthen, expand, and coordinate a system of supports that are easily accessible to families. They seek to identify and address gaps in services and to ensure that families have the resources, information and supports necessary to care for their children with special healthcare needs.
The Greenspan Floortime Approach – Training
In 1979 Dr. Stanley Greenspan wrote his first book describing his DIR Model. This monograph, a peer reviewed book, was titled Intelligence and Adaptation. The DIR Model is now used across the world to identify children’s developmental strengths and weaknesses. In addition to the DIR Model, Dr. Stanley Greenspan also developed the intervention Floortime and described it in 1989 in a book titled The Essential Partnership. It is now known as The Greenspan Floortime Approach™.
Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL)
Founded by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, the ICDL has been a pioneer in its work to advance the identification, prevention, and treatment of developmental and learning disorders. Through its research, training and publications, ICDL extends knowledge of developmental processes and provides a framework (DIR®/Floortime Model) for understanding and improving interventions with infants, children and adults with challenges in relating, communicating and thinking, including autism spectrum disorders.
Parent Information Center of Delaware
Their organization’s sole purpose is to give parents easy access to information and resources designed to improve their children’s developmental and educational outcomes.
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
As the leader in Sensory Processing Disorder research, education and advocacy, the SPD Foundation offers an abundance of services and programs for professionals, parents, and anyone interested in knowing more about the sensory challenges that affect as many as 1 in 6 children sufficiently to affect academic, social, and/or emotional development.
The world’s foremost authority on clinical work with infants and young children with developmental and emotional problems, Dr. Greenspan’s work has guided parents, professionals and researchers all over the world. This site has information on his conferences, courses, workshops, and materials.