This month I'm writing a bit about some familiar types of therapy and how we incorporate those into our
Intensive Therapy & Family Vacation - Sunday, July 24th to Friday, July 29, 2011
Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the different kinds of therapies offered?
Here's a short list of some of the most common techniques used by therapists who work with special needs children.Behavioral Therapy
A "classic" methodology most therapists first learn about in their elementary psychology courses. We learn that when animals get rewards for certain behaviors they repeat them. As practitioners we learn a variety of ways to reward behaviors and how to organize a program so that the behaviors we want most get rewarded, and those we want least get ignored so that they go away. We learn how to structure our treatment sessions to make this work for us and we share that information with classrooms and families. Behavioral therapy can be very effective at times, but most of our therapists want more out of their therapy sessions.
Usually takes center stage during the course of our academic and professional educations. Developmental therapy is another "classic" with an infinite number of interpretations from Freud to Piaget to Greenspan. Each of us knows several of these developmental sequences depending on our area of practice. We may know how speech develops, or tool use. Walking, eating, toileting - each skill we possess evolved along a pathway of predictable steps governed by the maturity of our bodies and the amount of time we spent practicing those skills. Our therapists use these developmental theories to figure out what skills to practice and when to introduce them during the course of treatment.
Grew out of the developmental therapies, but focused on the interrelationship of brain structures and functions - how they operate and how they develop in response to the environment. Sensory-integration theory began its life in occupational therapy practice and research, but speech therapy, physical therapy, psychology other disciplines recognized its usefulness and began incorporating this treatment approach into their own work. Our therapists use sensory integration to figure out how a child's brain is working and what kinds of environments will help them learn best.
DIR® /FloortimeTM Is a technique developed and taught by Dr. Stanley Greenspan. It also evolved out of developmental therapy and the DIR (developmental, individual differences, relationship-based ) model of emotional development has proved extremely useful for understanding how to help children with autism and other neuro-behavioral challenges. Therapists must study FloortimeTM through certified programs but we all recognize the developmental stages of the DIR® model and find that the FloortimeTM techniques for increasing "circles of communication" and getting children actively engaged in reciprocal play very closely mirror techniques we have found effective over the years. In every interaction our therapists will focus on getting children to spontaneously interact and communicate in meaningful ways.
Is another effective technique for working with children who have autism and other neuro-behavioral challenges. This technique was created and pioneered by a couple of parents who had a son diagnosed with autism at about 18 months of age. At that time (the 1970's) autism was treated with severe behavioral measures (like electric shock/aversion therapy) and eventual institutionalization. These parents, Barry & Samahria Kaufman, refused to believe in this option and began a vigorous program of "joining" their son in his behaviors as a way to make a connection and help him find his way to our non-autistic world. Their success was unprecedented and has been repeated with other parents with whom they share their techniques. Like Floortime®, Son-Rise®requires special training and certification. Those of us who have learned about the techniques through the educational materials of The Autism Treatment Center of America (home of Son-Rise® ) recognize many of the playful approaches we have used to build relationships with our young clients. Our therapists will use your child's passions to make the connections that help your child emerge from their world and join us in this one.
We know from experience, and from published research studies that intensive therapy produces quicker and longer lasting results. We are EXCITED about this opportunity to help you see miracles happen in your own family.
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Nourishing Bodies Nourishing Souls Intensive Therapy & Family Vacation:
Sun, July 24th to Fri, July 29, 2011
Five Seasons Family Resort on Torsey Pond in Mt. Vernon, Maine
Nourishing Bodies Nourishing Souls is a place where your special needs child gets intensive (& FUN) therapy while the rest of the family get to do what other families do on a summer vacation...HAVE A GOOD TIME!
In honor of Autism Awareness month - 10% of a family's registration fee will be donated to the
NY Metro Chapter of the National Autism Association - for scholarship assistance with therapy costs.