Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think

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An essential guide to the highly recommended Floortime approach for treating children with any of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Now available in paperback, Engaging Autism includes new, exciting information on neuroscience research into the effects of this approach, plus guidance for parents navigating the controversies surrounding the treatment of autism.Unlike approaches that focus on changing specific behavior, Greenspan's program promotes the building blocks of healthy emotional and behavioral development. He shows that, remarkably, children with ASD do not have a fixed, limited potential, and may often join their peers to lead full, psychologically healthy lives. The Floortime approach can also be applied at any age-including early infancy, when the first signs of risk for ASD may appear-so that preventing the full development of autism becomes a real possibility.
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Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School. His books include The Growth of the Mind, The Challenging Child, and The Child with Special Needs (co-authored by Serena Wieder, Ph.D.).

Serena Weider, Ph.D., a psychologist in clinical practice, is on the faculty of the Washington (D.C.) School of Psychiatry.

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Da Capo Lifelong Books
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Published on
Apr 3, 2007
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Pages
448
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ISBN
9780738211374
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Autism Spectrum Disorders
Family & Relationships / Parenting / General
Psychology / Developmental / Child
Psychology / Psychopathology / Autism Spectrum Disorders
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