A study out of MIT published in February’s psychological Science online found that back-and-forth exchanges between parent and child—that is, engaging children in conversation—is what boosts the brain’s response to language. Floortime coaches parents how to do exactly this: increase the gestural communication that uses the sensory and motor systems to promote these circles of communication in “conversation” between parent & child.
A recent study investigated the effectiveness of a Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) improvisational Music Therapy Program on social communication for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and found improvements in areas of self-regulation, engagement, behavioural organization, and two-way purposeful communication.
Today Autism Ontario sent out a survey for parents to complete about the new Ontario Autism Program. Please, parents, fill out this survey and let the expert committee know that you want coverage for more than just behavioural services! What about occupational therapy, speech and language services and the like? What about developmental approach therapies and approaches that are more cost-effective and incorporate parent coaching? Have your say!
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Expert Committee provides advice to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services on current research and best clinical practices for working with children and young people with ASD. In a survey in January 2017, we asked families to provide feedback about ideas that were important to them in developing the new Ontario Autism Program. Your responses were used to guide the development of the Ontario Autism Program Clinical Framework. Families identified a number of important ideas. We are again asking for families’ feedback on some of these important ideas to help us make sure that these ideas are clear and understandable in the Clinical Framework.
Please pass this link on to all the parents you know or work with! Let’s let them know what we need for our children!
Before calling in, please review the Position Statement of the Ontario Parents of Autistics as well as that of Autistics for Autistics (A4A). Finally, please see the last post about what was said at last week’s virtual Tele Town Hall.
We can make a difference and speak up for real CHOICE in Ontario for autistics!
On December 7th, the Ontario Government announced an update to the Ontario Autism Program stating that parents now have more choice: ABA or ABA. Autistics for Autistics (A4A) responded with a Position Statement. Now, Ontario Parents of Autistics (OPA) have also responded with a Position Statement as well.
A new study in Taiwan has found that a ten-week home-based DIR/Floortime program had positive effects. From the abstract: “Children made significant changes in mean scores for emotional functioning, communication, and daily living skills. Moreover, the mothers perceived positive changes in their parent-child interactions.”
Another recent study “examined the effectiveness of improvisational music therapy carried out within a DIRFloortime framework in addressing the individual social communication needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”…”Results indicated improvements in areas of self-regulation, engagement, behavioral organization, and two-way purposeful communication.”