Research for developmental, relationship-based approaches

Research for developmental, relationship-based approaches

It is critically important to inform our government about recent rigorous research when it comes to public policy in order to advocate convincingly for parent choice. Recently, research on Parent Implemented Models (PIM) that use a Developmental, Relationship-Based approach (PIM DRB) (‘Social Pragmatic‘ interventions) has firmly established that PIM DRB programs are evidence-based and should be offered as an early intervention option for young children (14 months to 6 years of age) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Richard Solomon, M.D. has written a summary (2018) of recent reviews: Wong et al. (2014), Smith & Iadarola (2015), Mercer (2015), and most recently Binns & Oram Cardy (2019) reviewed Developmental Social Pragmatic methodologies. It is clear that thousands of young children are waiting for intensive early intervention services Mandell et al. (2016) when the only option available in a community is behavioural approaches like Applied Behavioural Analysis which simply cannot meet the need. 

Parent coaching models offer a practical solution to wait lists at 1/10th the cost of therapist delivered models and are smart public policy on two counts: cost and easier dissemination on a large scale. The argument also needs to be made that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined primarily as an “impairment of social abilities” in the DSM 5, used for diagnosing ASD. The primary focus and research outcomes of PIM DRB are directed at social interaction. The research shows that parents can be coached to interact in an effective way with their children who have ASD and, by doing do, consistently and significantly help their children’s social abilities.

PIM DRB models of autism early intervention that are evidence-based, easy to disseminate, cost effective, and improve social interaction and relationships should be made widely available to all families in the province.

Please sign up for the Ontario Autism Consultations Telephone Town Hall Meetings

Please sign up for the Ontario Autism Consultations Telephone Town Hall Meetings

Please sign up for the next two Telephone Town Hall meetings to let the Ontario government hear your voice during this period of Ontario Autism Consultations! They will happen on Tuesday, May 28th at 8:00pm and on Friday, May 31st at noon.

Also don’t forget to complete the online survey: The Ontario government has opened up consultation for autism services for only a few weeks. Please complete the online survey ASAP if you are a service provider, caregiver, educator, or have any relationship whatsoever to children with special needs. It is NOT just for parents. First you register, then you are emailed a link to complete the survey. 

Please let the government know that what we need is to move away from only providing behavioural services and approaches and towards including neuroscience-supported developmental, relational approaches that take into account a child’s developmental level, individual sensory profiles and form connections with our children to inspire relating, communicating and THINKING (rather than being trained to memorize rote skills). You can select from a number of services (occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, respite, etc.) but also choose “Other” and please include “Developmental approach, relationship-based therapies such as DIR/Floortime”, for instance. 

Please take this opportunity have your say!

Please complete the Government of Ontario Online Survey for Autism Services ASAP!

Please complete the Government of Ontario Online Survey for Autism Services ASAP!

The Ontario government has opened up consultation for autism services for only a few weeks. Please complete the online survey ASAP if you are a service provider, caregiver, educator, or have any relationship whatsoever to children with special needs. It is NOT just for parents. First you register, then you are emailed a link to complete the survey. You can also sign up for the upcoming Telephone Town Hall on May 16th, or May 6th if you are in a northern or rural community.

Please let the government know that what we need is to move away from only providing behavioural services and approaches and towards including neuroscience-supported developmental, relational approaches that take into account a child’s developmental level, individual sensory profiles and form connections with our children to inspire relating, communicating and THINKING (rather than being trained to memorize rote skills). You can select from a number of services (occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, respite, etc.) but also choose “Other” and please include “Developmental approach, relationship-based therapies such as DIR/Floortime”, for instance. 

Please take this opportunity have your say!