New Study Gives Credence to the Power of Coaching Parents

New Study Gives Credence to the Power of Coaching Parents

A new study corroborates what the Developmental Approach therapies have been practicing for years: teach parents how to interact with their autistic children and their children’s natural development will flourish. The study emphasized empathy in order for parents to better understand their children’s experiences while the children were preschool age and showed parents how to foster enriched interactions with their children. Six years later, the children in the intervention group showed better progress in the core symptoms of autism than the control group.

Read the Guardian’s report on the study HERE.

Brain Plasticity Across a Lifetime

Brain Plasticity Across a Lifetime

The New York Times featured a great article last week about brain plasticity. The article corroborates what developmentalist Dr. Gil Tippy has been saying for years. You can make developmental progress throughout your life using a developmental approach intervention that is relationship-based. It is not just limited to childhood or to a finite window of time in early childhood development. Be sure to check it out!

Welcome to AutismDATA.org

Welcome to AutismDATA.org

Welcome to the Autism Developmental Approach Therapies Association, or Autism DATA. We are a group of parents and professional practitioners in Canada who use a developmental, relationship-based approach in our interactions with the children we live and work with. We have seen the successful outcomes that using a developmental approach brings and we believe these therapies should be publicly funded.

We believe in a developmental approach to autism therapy. We believe in developmental intervention over behaviour management. It is our mission to advocate for parent choice in treatment for autism spectrum disorder. We believe parents should have the option of having funding for a relationship-based therapy. A developmental approach is relationship-based.

We believe in these things and advocate for parent choice by keeping you up to date on the latest in the world of developmental approach interventions for children with developmental delays including autism spectrum disorders. New posts will alert you to new research, current practices, upcoming conferences and presentations, progress on government funding and advocacy, and more.

We will post a bulletin newsletter to compile the latest news that you can view or download. You can also sign up to receive an email when the latest bulletin has been published. It is our hope that by having a website that highlights the work we do, it will bring more attention to the developmental approach therapies and that the Ontario government will allow parents the choice to have these evidence-based therapies funded as they are in other jurisdictions in Canada and abroad.