How to reduce the severity of a child’s autism?

How to reduce the severity of a child’s autism?

There are 6 Factors for positive outcomes as identified by ‘Ramey and Ramey 1998’:

  1. the earlier the better
  2. long-term (usually 2-3 years) and intensive, i.e. between 15-25 hours/week
  3. work directly with the child, about 2 hours/day, rather than parent-training only (as in EarlyBird),
  4. involving and coaching parents as the prime agents for change,
  5. recognition of each child’s individual differences,
  6. to take place as much as possible at home.

Parents are the most important ‘agents for change’

Why parents?

… because Parents are the real Experts on their Child

  • Parents spend more time with their children than all of their teachers and therapists combined.
  • By training parents to be their child’s best play- partner, the child can receive intensive high quality intervention every day.
  • When parents/caregivers learn how to use the DIRFloortime approach through 1-1 home coaching and spend at least 2 hours every day PLAYing with their child, usually in shorter (e.g. 6 x 20-minute) sessions,  relationships improve because it creates an enjoyable time for you with your child.
  • This type of PLAY assists the child to work through the core deficits of autism.
  • This Early Intervention Programme aims to address developmental problems, that a child needs to have mastered BEFORE starting at play-group, nursery or other group-settings
  • and in order to get ready to cope and become ready to learn at school with his peers.

A warm welcome from Sibylle Janert.

I look forward to discussing your concerns.

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