Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model
DIR/Floortime was developed by Dr Stanley Greenspan and it focuses on helping children master the building blocks of relating, communicating and thinking, rather than on the symptoms of ASD alone.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
The DIR model is a comprehensive program that encourages teams of professionals to work together and promotes the benefits of a holistic model for intervention.
“A child can learn specific skills but if they don’t have the ability to secure a relationship with another individual, or have adaptability or have reciprocity with another person, then all the skills in the world won’t be of much help”
Biomedical Therapy for AutismThis is therapy aimed at correcting any system imbalances the child may have as there is strong evidence to suggest that ASD has links to leaky gut, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities and allergies.
Biomedical intervention has produced some amazing gains for ASD children. It does not hurt to try!
Contact a Naturopath who specializes in dietary intervention for ASD children to ascertain any health issues, vitamin and mineral depletion, food sensitivities, allergies, high levels of heavy metals and toxins.
Psychologists help clients to improve well-being, mental health and life functioning by changing distressing or detrimental thoughts, feelings or behaviours. Psychologists may work with individuals, couples, families or groups in a variety of settings.
Psychologists can help you with grief counseling, program management or can be employed to help assist with your child’s anxiety or behaviour management issues.
Psychologists do have different philosophies and will have their own individual method when working with your family. If you feel uncomfortable about a treatment method, please be sure to meet and discuss your treatment plan with different Psychologists and find the right fit for your family.
Applied Behavioural Analysis involves one on one intensive, instructional sessions teaching educational tasks designed specifically for autism.
Occupational Therapists work with sensory processing, motor issues and occupational performance which with children means skills such as play and activities of daily living – feeding, bathing and life skills.
Sensory processing problems may be present could be with:
- Hearing sound sensitivity (hands over ears) or appearing to be deaf
- Vision light sensitivity or visual attention problems
- Tactile over sensitivity to touch or insensitivity to pain (haircuts/brushing)
- Vestibular craves movement – rocking, spinning or avoids movement
- Proprioceptive excessive jumping, pushing, bouncing, flapping
- Smell sensitivity to odors, fussy eater
- Oral fussy eater, resistance to tooth brushing
“I have been big believer in making people aware of the sensory problems in autism, and these sensory problems are variable.”
Speech Therapy for AutismSpeech Pathologists work with language delays and disorders. They can write comprehensive programs to deal with all aspects of speech problems as well as giving tools to help children without speech. They will be able to help with Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and other visual supports for your child.
The following information lists therapists and therapies that may assist you in your journey. We have had great success with therapies that work on the stress levels and rebalancing of the body for ALL members of our family. They complement the foundation therapies very well indeed. All therapists currently listed are in Western Australia.
Physiotherapists can produce a program for child aimed at working on muscle tone issues, motor planning and general physical supports. You can find a physiotherapist who specializes in pediatric.
According the Autism Research Review International (Vol 20) gains have been made by autistic children undergoing low pressure hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Judy Carlsson operates Artemis in Hilton and has a magical touch with both adults and children. Judy is an energy healer who works to balance and unblock the chakras in the body for more efficient energy flow. Judy can be contacted on 9331 5861.
Network Spinal Analysis
A Chiropractor who practices a technique called Network Spinal Analysis uses gentle application to the nervous system to reorganize, redistribute and release tension and promote a greater awareness of self – harmonizing body, mind, emotion and expression.
Is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses gentle manipulative pressure to release stresses throughout the body, including the head. It aims to improve overall body functioning, energy levels, sleep patterns and stress levels.