Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think

Stanley I. Greenspan, Author, Serena Wieder, Author
Stanley I. Greenspan, Author, Serena Wieder, Author Perseus Books Group $26.95 (434p) ISBN 978-0-7382-1028-5
Reviewed on: 04/03/2006
Release date: 04/01/2006
Paperback - 434 pages - 978-0-7382-1094-0
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Greenspan and Wieder (The Child with Special Needs) start out by redefining autism in realistic yet positive terms which open the door for successful intervention: instead of focusing solely on the autistic spectrum, a more flexible axis measuring progress, on which placement is not fixed, can give parents and children a ""a healthy developmental trajectory,"" taking into account such goals as ""showing intimacy and warmth ... communicating with gestures ... and talking meaningfully."" The authors give readers a pragmatic approach to thinking about people on the autistic spectrum, including specific ideas for enhancing connectivity and communication in people of any age, most of whom ""rarely advance intellectually above the ten-to-twelve-year-old level ... when they could progress far beyond the level of concrete thinking,"" if only there were a curriculum that would ""challenge them to do so."" Most of the text is used to help develop an engaging program for someone with autism, including resources and examples, in order to address ""relationships, specific behaviors, the creative use of ideas, and the various processing areas."" This is essential reading for caregivers, parents and friends of people on the spectrum, as well as compelling reading for anyone who wants to learn more about autism.
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