For children with autism, IQ is not what prevents them from academic achievement. The autistic child needs a curriculum that encourages higher level thinking, and fosters their ability to engage in reciprocal communication in the real world.
Advice from Dr. Greenspan
For autistic teenagers, the big problem is service and educational communities giving up on them. We shouldn’t stop challenging older children simply because they are autistic.
More often than not, the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, or of one who’s been diagnosed with a learning disability, has faced this question. The same question holds true with professionals. With numerous drugs, dosages and medical opinions on the matter, what is the right choice?
To help your child relate, communicate, and think, it’s important to create the best intervention program available. There are a number of strategies that your child may respond positively to, but there are also interventions that you should avoid.
In addition to the Floortime therapy, you may want to consider new and innovative interventions that are coming to the fore, suggests Dr. Greenspan. “No one intervention, no matter what the data, was tried out on your child. So, you’ll always have to come up with creative and innovative strategies.”
With Floortime, it's very important for limit setting to take place under the umbrella of calm, back and forth interaction. “The child with autism should learn in a negotiated way,” reminds Dr. Greenspan. The ideal way to set limits using Floortime is in a situation where you have time and you can interact with the child around the limit. You can give the child an alternative, or negotiate, and it's done calmly together.
can often seem difficult to quantify Floortime progress, but it doesn’t have to be. Dr. Greenspan explains how to use the DIR model to benchmark ‘short term goals’.
Dr. Greenspan explains how to use Floortime to identify which approaches work best for a particular child. p>
Hear Dr. Greenspan’s advice in this audio clip Loading the player … Discussion: School does not mean education. What should an ideal educational program have? You have to look at the school environment in terms of how well it can provide support for the six functional milestones, and then the higher milestones beyond that. How well can an educational setting provide remediation...
There are different types of ways to create “downtime” if your child has autism, notes Dr. Greenspan. “If you have a child with autism that is capable of reading a book, that's terrific; give them regular down time. If the child is capable of doing a crossword, that's great; give them regular downtime and then balance it through the day.