Applied Floortime

The genius of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, author of the Developmental, Individual Differences, and Relationship model (DIR), laid in his ability to understand the development of the natural human mind and applying this progression to a model with techniques that actually work. Many families complete formal Floortime sessions in their home, though most of them also learn to apply the principles throughout the day.

RicStar's Summer Camp: Looking Beyond Disability

“Music therapy is a remarkably therapeutic tool that is used in a wide range of disabilities to help enhance social, physical, emotional, and behavioral skills in those individuals,” says Judy Winter, co-founder of the Eric “RicStar” Winter Music Therapy Camp in East Lansing, Michigan.

Can Occupational Therapy Help Your Child?

Most people are unaware of what occupational therapists do and are surprised to learn that many of them work with children. It helps to think about the “occupations” of a child’s life: play, school, and self-help skills. If a child is struggling in any of those areas, an occupational therapist may be able to help, particularly if the problems arise from a difficulty in sensory processing or motor coordination.

Songwriting for Children with Autism

I hadn’t written a single song in my life when I decided to become a music therapist, nor did I have plans to do so.  But plans change, especially when I started working with children who were diagnosed with autism.

Connecting Music Therapy and Autism

Music therapy and autism are buzzwords that are being heard often in the news recently.  But many people still ask what is music therapy?  What is autism?  And what is the connection between the two?  I am a board-certified music therapist who has worked for seven years with children with various developmental disabilities, including those with autism.

Early Intervention at Home

Many parents have heard the phrase “early intervention,” but what does it really mean?  Early intervention is key to helping prevent or lessen the symptoms of developmental disabilities, such as autism.  Early intervention can help children reach their full potential, and parents need to be the first to help their children succeed.  Don’t wait for a doctor or friend to notice concerns about your child -- follow some tips for starting early intervention at home.

Teaching Special Needs Kids to Swim

Teaching kids with special needs to swim is not only a good idea, it’s essential.  Swimming lessons help kids with special needs in a number of key areas, including greater muscle strength and physical endurance, increased flexibility, more self-control, and, in many instances, improved behavioral outcomes.

Interactive Metronome Therapy

“The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a research-based training program that helps children and adults overcome attention, memory, and coordination limitations,” according to the official Interactive Metronome website.  It is a therapy that has multiple applications, and it can potentially help individuals of any age with mental and physical disabilities.

Ask the Development Doc:  Play Dates for Autism

The Importance of Neuro-Typical Play Dates for Children with Autism

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Sports Programs for Special Needs

Many parents of special needs children lament their children being left out of sports programs and other games at school.  While many schools are supportive of the mainstreaming and inclusion method for education, special needs children are often left behind when it comes to sports.