Picture Books to Play With

One day, our autism consultant gave us a piece of advice about books and reading.  She recommended that we choose books that we could not only read, but that connect with what our child is interested in, and we could act out in some playful way.  I realized that we already had several books that were a springboard to back-and-forth […]

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FREE Online Parent Course!

Engaging and Respecting Autism: A Pathway to Understanding and Engaging a Child with Autism is a 90-minute LIVE ONLINE Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime®. This presentation will explore how DIR® and DIRFloortime® can help families and professionals better engage, respect, and understand Autism.  Jeffrey Guenzel, MA is a Professional Counselor and the CEO of ICDL and Kathleen Platzman, Ph.D is a […]

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Book Review: More Than Words

More Than Words:  Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Fern Sussman Published by The Hanen Centre, 1999 After our first child was diagnosed with autism, I went on the hunt for resources that would explain to me what this diagnosis meant, and how I could help. I’ve now read dozens of books […]

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The Autism Acceptance Book

Everyone you know and everyone you will ever meet is special and different in some way.  The world would be a boring place if people were all the same. It’s our differences that make us all unique and interesting. That’s the starting point of the Autism Acceptance Book by Ellen Sabin, written to help elementary school students look beyond the […]

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Book Review: Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children

“The truth of this book and the truth of your journey from diagnosis to acceptance is that unless you acknowledge your own vulnerability and develop your ability for self-compassion, your growth as a parent will not fully be complete. Guilt and self-blame are heavy stones in your boat as you row down this river. Compassion for yourself is wind in […]

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Speech in Motion Equals Connected Kids

The book by America X Gonzalez, Lois Jean Brady and Jim Elliot, Speech in Action: Interactive Activities Combining Speech Language Pathology and Adaptive Physical Education gives parents and support staff plenty of activities which compliment nicely with Floortime fundamentals to bring together language and movement. What is Speech in Action? Speech in Action is a combination of speech therapy and […]

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