(Almost) Oil and Water…Why ABA and Developmental Therapies Don’t Mix

From time to time, I read comments from parents who talk about combining therapies – they hope to be working with ABA and RDI clinicians, for example. Or they are doing ABA but are using developmental strategies to round things out.  It’s a goal that seems reasonable, on the surface.  Why not pull the best from each approach?   There […]

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Beads, Birds and Babies

We love stories – here’s one about a mother and her child, learning to communicate and problem-solve through play. My son has begun his Autism Outreach therapy.  For those of you unfamiliar with it – it’s a developmental therapy offered for children with autism.  And it’s basically using play to help kids hit those developmental milestones.  Our therapist is amazing.  […]

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A Girl and Her Dog

Service dogs are fast becoming an accepted and recognized support for children and adults with autism.  In addition to helping with safety concerns such as wandering, service dogs also provide social-emotional and sensory support that can help children cope with a sometimes chaotic world, give them opportunities to interact and play, and even help them sleep well.  Here is one family’s story. […]

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Getting Out There: RDI in the Summertime

Originally published on RDI Connect. Those of us raising children in Canada are keenly aware of and attuned to the seasons and their impact on the flow of our daily lives. There is nothing like living through a harsh, bitterly cold winter, then being able to throw off our winter boots and mitts on the first warm, sweet spring day. When the temperatures […]

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DIR Level 2 at a Glance: Engagement and Relatedness

This post is part of a series, taking a quick look at each developmental level, according to the work of Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder in their DIR/Floortime framework.  As a child grows, they add new skills to what they learned in the previous levels.  You can find the list of related posts here. When we meet children on the autism […]

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