The Floor Times 
from The Greenspan Floortime Approach®
26 July 2017

Dr Greenspan's Definition of Following the Lead:

An Excerpt from the newly published
The Floortime Manual
...But, and this is essential, ‘Following the child’s lead’ does not mean simply going along with whatever the child is doing. Unfortunately some people just aimlessly follow behind a child as the child aimlessly moves from place to place or thing to thing for however long the child wants to. This is not Dr. Greenspan’s intention for following the lead, and it does not accomplish the goal he set out. 
“Following the lead” is much more, and it has a very specific goal—that is, to get the child to engage with us and interact. We tap into the child’s interest as the means to enter the door to their world. Ultimately we want to bring them into ours.
If we follow a child’s lead successfully, we join their world and establish a mutual trust and respect. With these emotional ingredients, the child knows that we are there to support them, to help them to regulate, and to encourage them to socially interact and communicate. When we give them what they need and identify their interests, they have more fun and are more motivated to overcome challenges. 
The lack of a singular technique is because children can have difficulties regulating their nervous system. Without a regulated nervous system, a child may be more reactive or rigid and will have difficulty interacting and being open to new experiences. By following a child’s lead, we can identify sensory activities that their body and nervous system need to function at a higher level. Whether children are on a swing, trampoline, or a ball, we can see what types of stimulation they choose to help regulate their nervous systems. If we introduce rhythmic patterns into the activities—where we start and stop and start and stop—paying close attention to a child’s response to us, we will see that they will begin to attend and engage and even begin to interact—exactly what a child needs to reach higher levels...  
 THE GREENSPAN FLOORTIME APPROACH® 2017 International Conference
When: October 21 and 22, 2017

Where: Deauville Beach Resort, Miami, FL

Dr. Greenspan always envisioned a facility that fully integrated his philosophy and techniques into all facets of its programs.  It wasn’t until the start of The Floortime Center® that his vision became reality. 

Come and listen to the directors of The Floortime Center®, Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker, discuss The Greenspan Floortime Approach® and the Learning Tree Model. They will also discuss how to integrate Greenspan Floortime into all facets of a child's program.
Throughout the presentations they will discuss how to improve,
  • Attention and Compliance

  • Interaction and Communication

  • Self-regulation: sensory and emotional

  • Eye contact and Visual processing

  • Relationships

  • Self-stimulatory behaviors

  • Aggressive behaviors

  • Avoidant behaviors

 Keynotes Include:
  • Dr. Golnar Abedin, the Founder and Director of Creative Minds International Public Charter School. A public school that uses Greenspan Floortime therapeutically and as a Social Emotional Curriculum for all students.
  • Romina Labe and Maria Ines Herrera, the directors of The Floortime Center® Santiago Chile
  • Jiselle Velazquez, The Floortime Center’s head Occupational Therapist
  • Dyan Spruill, The Floortime Center’s head Speech and Language Pathologist
  • John Balsley, The Floortime Center’s Visuo-Cognitive Therapist and a direct trainee of Dr. Harry Wachs, 
  • Jiselle and Dyan, the multidisciplinary Foodtime™ therapy team at The Floortime Center, will additionally present an important and informative lecture on feeding challenges. 


    Dr. Greenspan's Story
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