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AUTISM THERAPY SERVICES

Autism therapy Services at The House of Developmental approaches

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Autism Therapy Services

At The House of Child Development we employ two key methodologies when working with our clients. These include the Miller Method and the Greenspan FloorTime Approach. By implementing these two developmental strategies, we successfully engage children who are displaying early signs of Autism or who already have an Autism diagnosis. We also teach families how to follow through with these activities so they can be generalized in the home and in other environments.

What is the Miller Method?

The Miller Method is a system based- approach that addresses the developmental requirements of children on the Autism spectrum. It was pioneered by Dr. Arnold Miller utilizing a cognitive-developmental Systems Approach and uses a two-pronged strategy. The first strategy involves the transformation of children’s aberrant systems (lining up blocks, driven reactions to stimuli, etc.) into functional behaviors; the second strategy includes introducing developmentally relevant activities into a systematic and repetitive way using objects and people to fill developmental gaps. The Miller Method uses elevated board systems to increase a child’s body awareness and helps them become more aware of themselves and their surroundings.

no matter how withdrawn or disorganized – is trying to find a way to cope with the world.

Our task is to help that child use every capacity or fragment of capacity to achieve this.”

Goals of the Miller Method

  • The Miller Method has four basic goals:

    1.It assesses the adaptive significance of the children’s disordered behavior

    2.It attempts to transform the disordered behavior into functional activity

    3.It attempts to expand and guide the children from closed ways (of living alone or in immediate circle like with parents) into social and communicative exchanges, and

    4.It guides professionals and parents in systems to follow and facilitate children affected with autism  and related disorders toward reading, writing, number concepts, symbolic plays and development of typical classroom activities.

     

How we use the Miller Method in our sessions

Sign and spoken language are used to increase communication during each session. For non-verbal children, this eases the transition into spoken language. Symbol accentuation reading programs are also used to provide children with supports to begin sight-reading, writing and decoding unfamiliar words. In conjunction with therapy visits, the Miller Method strongly encourages the participation of parents and families. By involving them, it allows the strategies in the program to become generalized at home, as well as other external environments.

Greenspan Floor time Approach™

 

In addition to the Miller Method, we also use the Greenspan FloorTime Approach in our Autism therapy programs. This therapy was originally created by child psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Greenspan who recognized the importance of meeting children on their level, both developmentally and physically. In order to maximize communicating, interacting, and learning, he would get on the floor to engage the child’s attention. FloorTime is an evidence-based intervention for children on the Autism spectrum and other special needs because it strengthens fundamental communication and relationship abilities.

How we use the Greenspan FloorTime Approach in our sessions

During our sessions, activities are created to excite children’s interests, draw interpersonal connections, and challenge them to be creative, curious, and spontaneous—all of which help them progress intellectually and emotionally.  The goals of this approach is to help children practice basic thinking skills: engagement, interaction, symbolic thinking and logical thinking.

How it Works

  • Follow your child’s lead, i.e. enter the child’s world and join in their emotional flow;
  • Challenge them to be creative and spontaneous; and
  • Expand the action and interaction to include all or most of their senses and motor skills as well as different emotions

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