Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

D.I.R./Floor Time: A Developmental/relational Approach towards the Treatment of Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

D.I.R./Floor Time: A Developmental/relational Approach towards the Treatment of Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder in Children and Adolescents

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Interventions for children/adolescents with developmental delays such as autism have often been limited to behavioral approaches that focus on the successful completion of a task rather than in the joyous reciprocal interaction of individuals relating to one and another. D.I.R./Floor Time offers an alternative perspective to therapy that takes into account an individual's intrinsic level of interest and then expands on that initial level of motivation to incorporate mutual interest of others, all the while supporting various neurological differences that may be impeding the actual level of development in the first place. The result is a reciprocal interaction that results in an overall improvement in actual brain development processing.

This presentation offers an overview of the theoretical, conceptual, and practical approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children/adolescents with developmental delays such as autism through the developmental relationship intervention known as D. …

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