These findings are completely in line with the developmental approach to autism therapies where we follow children’s interest as a gateway into their world in order to then invite them into a shared world, rather than considering the interest as an obsession to be thwarted or subdued.
When parents get a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a panic ensues and the scrambling begins. In Ontario, Canada, we are told to get on the wait list for ABA or IBI therapy (Applied Behavioural Analysis or Intense Behavioural Intervention). Most parents don’t even stop to consider alternatives, because none are offered.
Here at Autism D.A.T.A., we advocate for a developmental approach to autism intervention and so does the Association for Developmental Autism Programs and Therapies (ADAPT), our “sister site” in Manitoba. This week, its parent advocate published a nice piece outlining some differences between behavioural and developmental therapies, drawing from her experience with both.
Please click on the title in the blue button below to read the blog post:
Stay tuned for the Winter 2017 Bulletin coming this month at Autism D.A.T.A….