September has come and gone. Even though school has started, and hopefully many parents are able to “catch their breath”, it’s important to remember that what can happen at home has the potential to help children more than what any school can offer. While many schools do everything they can to help children throughout the day, at home even daily routines and common experiences with family can involve Greenspan Floortime. September's Greenspan Floortime theme of "Expanding" is here to remind us that every interaction can be expanded, whether it’s a pure Greenspan Floortime session or getting ready in the morning.
Numerous parent education and coaching models have research showing their effectiveness at reducing the symptoms and improving the communication and social skills of children with challenges like autism spectrum disorders. However, there's only one set of these techniques that is based on our current understanding of neuroplasticity, The Greenspan Floortime Approach®. Greenspan Floortime is also the only approach that has a validated developmental model to support its goals and help guide parents in understanding what their child’s core challenges are, and what their child's program's main priorities should be.
Please enjoy this excerpt from The Floortime Manual™, and the audio clips by Dr. Greenspan discussing how parents can use every experience in their child's life to constantly expand and improve communication.
Dr Greenspan's Definition of Expand:
An Excerpt from the newly published
The Floortime Manual™
...It’s crucial to try to expand every interaction, play scenario, and conversation with a child—gradually, each one, another and another and another. Expansion provides a child the opportunity to change repetitive play and behavior patterns, improve creativity, and become a more dynamic social problem solver. Expansion of activities and ideas is important for all children, but specially for a child who has the tendency to get stuck in repetitive or rigid thought patterns.
Expansion needs to be gradual. By gradually expanding the play and our interactions with a child, we can make subtle change into a fun and exciting experience. Too big of a change can upset a child.
More and more professionals agree that a parent-centered approach is the ideal for children with autism and other developmental challenges. The Greenspan Floortime Approach strengthens the most important relationships in a child’s life, gives parents control over their child’s development, and smoothly integrates developmental activities into everyday life. As a result, children can progress all the time, not just when they are in a therapy session.
The Greenspan Floortime Approach can improve the core deficits of developmental challenges, like relating and communicating, and applies to children of all ages and developmental abilities. It never assumes that there is a limit to what children with special needs can achieve, but rather continues to challenge each child to rise to his or her true developmental potential.