Tonight is the premier of the Respecting Autism radio show on The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio Network. I have Christopher and Jacqueline Gauthier as my first guests, and they talk about their activism and their art in the world of Autism. Christopher talks about being an artist on the Autism Spectrum and his activism in the ASD community, particularly his “Facing Autism” project. Jacqui talks about her work with Christopher, and about her school. They are very cool, very political, and very funny. You’ll enjoy them. It is available now, as we taped it early, so please give it a listen.
The Respecting Autism Radio Show is set to begin this Sunday, December 8th, at 9:00 pm Eastern Time, on the Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio Network. I’ll be interviewing Christopher and Jacqueline Gauthier about their activism and advocacy in the Autism/Asperger Community nationally.
They are very cool, and their work is inspiring, and I am really excited to be talking to them on my inaugural show!
Here is about three minutes of video from a recent case conference I ran at the Rebecca School. The staff of the school working with a particular child stands up in front of the rest of the school, and the child’s parents, and presents the program they have created for the child, and defends why they have created that particular program. Then, the rest of the staff offers suggestions and asks questions of the staff working with the kids, and I also ask questions and comment on the program. This case conference is really based on a Clinical Grand Rounds model, and you really have to have thick skin, and be very confident of your program to present in front of 120 highly trained and talented DIR/Floortime practitioners.
This piece is a little snippet where I stood up and pointed out a little, but critical difference between what the classroom teacher had said, and how she was acting. I should point out, that this teacher is entirely brilliant, as is her entire team, and my comments were intended as a teaching moment where I can emphasize the difference between behavioral interventions and relationship based, developmental therapies.
At the Rebecca School we don’t focus on controlling contingencies, providing prompts and making choices easier for children. We are focused on helping kids to rise developmentally. We are a thinking based curriculum, and I wanted to make it clear that it is always easy to prompt someone, but we have the more difficult developmental goal always at the heart of our work.
DIR/Floortime is Science, and we have trouble showing lawmakers that, because when they get shown charts, even if those charts are nonsensical, they believe they are “Evidence.” This part of a recent talk sets out to show that child development is science, and the Real Evidence Based Intervention in the field of Autism.
This is a short section from the same talk as the previous post. I am still talking about making parents understand how competent they are, but I am also talking about how great, clinically effective, and cost-effective DIR/Floortime is as an intervention. How incredibly misguided our law makers are to mandate ineffective and expensive pseudo-scientific interventions, because they have been bamboozled by lobbyists!
I’ll be posting more soon, but until then, take a look at RespectingAutism.org to get in on the ground floor of the revolution to change things for the better for our kids, young and old.
I got a chance to talk to a group of parents the other day at the ICDL conference where the subject was the developmentally appropriate intervention of DIR/Floortime. What a great group of folks came to my presentation! I was talking about how we could help to make developmental, relationship-based, sensory appropriate interventions the norm in Autism intervention, and during that talk, I spoke about parent empowerment. This clip is from that section of my presentation.
I also told the folks in the room that I would give them a form on this blog where they could get in touch, and get the slides from the talk. That form is below.
If you want to see the beginning of the revolution, you can go to RespectingAutism.org, and see what we are planning to do to change the way the world relates to all kids and young adults!
This is the beginning of a presentation I did over the web for Oakwood Academy in Toronto. I was in Spokane Washington to help a really cool group of folks start a creative and socially active center for Autistic and Aspie adults, and did this session with Oakwood from there. They asked me about Functional Emotional Developmental Capacity IV of the DIR/Floortime model, among other things, and this is the PowerPoint from that session, with my comments recorded.
Generally, I have more human action in my videos, but this is a free training in the Developmental Capacities, with my independent thinking about them, and you can get a brief tutorial before plunging into the commitment of doing a full training by one of the groups that is certifying practitioners in the DIR model.
I will post more from this session later. Enjoy