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  • Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738210943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738210940
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Greenspan and Wieder (The Child with Special Needs) start out by redefining autism in realistic yet positive terms which open the door for successful intervention: instead of focusing solely on the autistic spectrum, a more flexible axis measuring progress, on which placement is not fixed, can give parents and children a "a healthy developmental trajectory," taking into account such goals as "showing intimacy and warmth ... communicating with gestures ... and talking meaningfully." The authors give readers a pragmatic approach to thinking about people on the autistic spectrum, including specific ideas for enhancing connectivity and communication in people of any age, most of whom "rarely advance intellectually above the ten-to-twelve-year-old level ... when they could progress far beyond the level of concrete thinking," if only there were a curriculum that would "challenge them to do so." Most of the text is used to help develop an engaging program for someone with autism, including resources and examples, in order to address "relationships, specific behaviors, the creative use of ideas, and the various processing areas." This is essential reading for caregivers, parents and friends of people on the spectrum, as well as compelling reading for anyone who wants to learn more about autism.
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Blogcritics.org, 3/26/09
“A must read for parents, caregivers, teachers, physicians, psychologists and psychiatrists who have been frustrated in their attempts to help young and older children with autism. Its methods will give all of them more than just a ray of hope.”

Mid-Ohio Valley Parent, June/July 2009
“For parents looking for new ways to work with their autistic children, this book would be extremely helpful.”

Toronto Globe & Mail, 5/21/11
“This large, useful book offers a good overview of ASD.”

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Very informative and easy to read.
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I am "seasoned" in DIR/FT, having read numerous books by Dr. Greenspan and Dr. Wieder and attended ICDL and Floortime Foundation conferences.
L. Moline
Dr. Greenspan has made me feel I will be able to help my son fully recover.
Frances L. Thomson

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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Roberts on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a detailed look at a difficult subject but for the parent of a child with autism it is one of those stones that should not go unturned. Dr. Greenspan makes the extraordinary claim that he has treated thousands of children and adults with ASD and has never seen one that could not be moved forward on the spectrum, not even one. In many cases they have been be able to join their peers in full healthy emotional and intellectual lives.

Dr. Greenspan is no quack. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School. He and Dr. Serena Wieder have spent the last twenty five years developing the approach they call Floortime. Their thesis is that all learning begins with emotion. The tiniest infant typically bonds and begins to communicate with its mother because it finds that communication pleasurable and desirable. Each little step in the process represents a foundational building block required for the next step. Children with autism have missed some of those building blocks. The idea behind Floortime is to meet the child wherever she is emotionally. Find what the child likes to do. Join her in the activity. Follow her lead and establish an emotional bond that can be used to communicate in a way the child finds pleasurable. That in turn can allow her to put some of the missing foundation in place. Over time the child moves up on the spectrum.

I find Dr. Greenspan's success stories inspirational. My four year old grandson has made remarkable progress in the two years since he was diagnosed with autism. He plays with his peers, makes strong eye contact, and laughs with his dad. But for the past six months or so he seems to be stuck on a language plateau.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Peter Pan on November 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is 8. We did the early intervention from age 2,Kind. and 1st grade. School goals were to make her autism not so obvious by teaching her to be quiet in class and follow a schedule. I found a mom who did her own consulting. Her daughter started non verbal at age 2 like mine. However, she used Greenspan and her daughter is amazing and in a reg. Kindergarten with no shadows. Very articulate, executive functioning (planning etc) is excellent. When asked how she did this she replied I worked my "blank" off! You would be amazed at what floor time accomplishes. We got pretty normal eye contact in a month. When you imitate them they look at you. She has learned nouns, not nouns, verbs, pronouns... When I read Greenspan I found a wealth of ideas for all kind of situations and I needed stories to see how to do it. She doesn't need much chair time except some of homeschooling. I want a kid who argues with her brother, can whine like any kid. I want her to play and make friends. Remember, be a kid yourself,laugh,have fun during therapy. Your presence has to be the reason playing is more fun. Read Greenspan. I did like the second book better. My husband and I have seen such huge positive changes. You begin to take for granted what didn't exist before. Isn't that nice? Greenspan keeps it functional, real life teaching in the moment! P.S. The disciplinarian teaches nothing. Knock off the military mindset.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Moline on May 14, 2007
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I am "seasoned" in DIR/FT, having read numerous books by Dr. Greenspan and Dr. Wieder and attended ICDL and Floortime Foundation conferences. This book thoroughly explains the core deficits of autism spectrum disorder and the DIR/FT approach. If your child was recently diagnosed with ASD or if you have an older child/adolescent with difficulty with social interactions (pragmatic language) or sensory needs, this is an excellent book to read. There are also examples with respect to integrating FT into the school curriculum. It complements Dr. Greenspan's "The Child with Special Needs".
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey Biel on April 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Engaging Autism provides clear, practical information on how parents, therapists, and other caregivers can use the DIR/Floortime Approach to help children with autism spectrum disorders. As a pediatric OT and author of a book on sensory integration issues, I really appreciate Dr. Greenspan's explanations of sensory modulation difficulties and sensory and emotional overload and how these problems interfere with development. He examines a few of the many challenges posed by sensory issues, such as potty training and mealtime, and offers some good strategies, including working with a knowledgeable occupational therapist. This excellent resource helps parents start asking the right questions about what approach to use to help the child with ASD, provides useful advice on handling everyday problems, and offers current brain research and efficacy studies about the DIR/Floortime approach.
--Lindsey Biel [...]
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Parker-Price on November 3, 2006
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I am a psychologist (PHD) and also mother to a child with Autism. I own several of Greenspan's other books and have been doing floortime with my son for 3 years. This book is an excellent resource for parents of autistic spectrum kids or professionals who work with these children. I had read Greenspan and Wieder's earlier book on floortime, but this 2nd book expands on the method considerably, laying it out in an even better format. It is also interesting to read Greenspan's examples of cases that he has worked with. Since children on the spectrum are so diverse, these examples are varied and represent ways that floortime can be used with children who have many different issues. I highly recommend this book. It is designed for parents to read, so anyone considering buying it should not feel that they have to be a professional to understand it.
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