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Book Review: Respecting Autism

January 24, 2012 in Book Review by Dennise Goldberg

I recently read the new book from Stanley I. Greenspan, MD and Gil Tippy, Psy D “Respecting Autism.” It provides a unique and informative perspective on behavior therapy treatment using a combination of the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship (DIR) model and Floortime. You get an inside look at DIR/Floortime through the utilization of case studies. These case studies come from the Rebecca School for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders located in New York. Dr. Gil Tippy is the founder and Clinical Director for the school and Dr. Greenspan was the creator of the DIR/Floortime Model. Dr. Greenspan passed away shortly after finishing this book. Read the rest of this entry →

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Creative Music Therapy: Music’s Capacity to Reach Developmental Potential

January 8, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

We all want to be heard and understood, we want to be able to express the depths of our feelings and live life to the fullest of our abilities. In music therapy this is possible. Music does not discriminate instead it has the capacity to uncover our potentials. The vast qualities of music itself can reach the broadest of emotions and stimulate the mind and body. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Its clinical use spans a wide range of populations. Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, & cognitive skills through specifically designed music interventions for individuals and groups based upon the client needs. Read the rest of this entry →

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Floor Time: A Developmental Approach to Play Therapy for Children Impacted by Autism

March 1, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Often children who have been derailed by developmental delays like autism present for treatment with very poor or no apparent play skills. There is an equally low level of interest in engaging with play partners. This has led to a rather pessimistic view by psychiatric clinicians of the play capacities of children with developmental challenges. Read the rest of this entry →

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