Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and Other Special Needs: The Developmental Approach 1st Edition

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“[A] useful tool for parents, families, students, and professionals working with children who have special and developmental needs. . . . Cullinane provides a structured and comprehensive foundation for those seeking greater knowledge of how to treat children with special needs.”
- PsychCentral

“Every parent encounters the stress of behavioral challenges with children. This book offers insight into the meaning of these behaviors, identifying where development has gone awry, and offers effective solutions. In the ways Dr. Cullinane has translated the DIRFloortime Model, parents and professionals will find understanding, hope, and guidance in helping children of every age develop self-regulation and experience the security of relationships that help them feel understood and able to regulate emotions, think ahead, be flexible, and relate to others. This book is valuable, compelling, and easy to read. It provides the in-depth answers parents and therapists have been looking for.”
- Dr. Serena Wieder, Profectum Foundation, Co-Developer of the DIR Model

“This book is a thoughtful and important contribution to the literature on developmental approaches to treating autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Cullinane stresses the need to understand individual differences when considering behavioral challenges, and to integrate this understanding into the treatment approach. Her emphasis on the child's internal world and experience of self and others is an essential and timely contribution to the field of intervention for behavioral challenges in those with special needs.”
- Kathy Koenig, MSN, Yale Child Study Center

Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and Other Special Needs accurately and respectfully elucidates Stanley Greenspan's developmental model and Floortime intervention, and also expands upon them with Dr. Cullinane's own astute and carefully laid-out techniques and observations. While emphasizing the importance of Greenspan's insights on the emotional basis for learning, this book underlines and develops those insights in important new ways, supporting the reader through clear explanations and short, well-targeted examples. It is a valuable, highly recommended addition to the DIR Model.”
- Nancy Greenspan, The Greenspan Floortime Approach

“[A] vital resource for so many families and professionals in the world of special needs... [G]raceful blending of how to turn developmental thinking into helpful responses by walking the reader through the phases of sharing negative moments... [Offers] a unique gift by so explicitly explaining how one actually applies the theory when the relationship most critically needs it.

- Griffin Doyle, PhD, faculty member and former Co-Chair of the Infant Mental Health Postgraduate Seminar Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry

“Cullinane provides a healthy description of why some children exhibit more difficulty with self-regulation and a stronger inclination to our primitive fight-or-flight reactions…. Especially important is the description of the DIR (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based) approach and the parents' role in helping their child with behavioral issues through play and natural environmental variables.... Most public schools in the United States follow the ideals of the developmental approach, so this book can support those interventions and provide the necessary steps to provide consistency across settings.”
- American Reference Books Annual

About the Author

Dr. Diane Cullinane is a developmental pediatrician, board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is cofounder and executive director of Professional Child Development Associates, in Pasadena, California, a non-profit agency that provides a wide range of programs and services for children with autism and other developmental challenges, using the DIR approach. Dr. Cullinane is a strong advocate for developmental and relationship based interventions, and is a training leader in DIRFloortime®.

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  • Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
  • Hardcover : 368 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393709254
  • Product dimensions : 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (August 1, 2016)
  • Language: : English
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