“For On The Floor” #1

19 Mar

I realize that many of you are parents of children on the Autism Spectrum, and you are now home with your children for some time. If you want support to do a little DIRFloortime® with your children, at home, while you are doing your regular home chores, I am offering a free series of 4 minute videos I’m calling, “For On The Floor.” This is the first one, and in it I talk about how you can turn your regular cooking situation into a DIRFloortime® session.

I will try to turn these out as fast as I can, so keep checking back for more. They will also be available on my website, drgiltippy.com, and on my youtube channel.

In this time of great challenge, I wanted to offer parents and other loved ones of children and others on the spectrum a little free support. I hope you find them useful.

Respectfully,

Gil

A Main Difference Between DIR/Floortime and Purely Behavioral Interventions

6 Feb

 

I am just back from Istanbul. I love the Turkish people! Their hospitality and kindness is overwhelming, they are family oriented, and they love the DIR/Floortime model! This is a video of me talking to a group of therapists, doctors and parents of people with autism in Istanbul, Turkey, on the subject of the difference between behavioral interventions and developmental support. I discuss the basic difference in the philosophies of the two different ways of approaching persons with autism and other developmental challenges. I am speaking slowly because there is a simultaneous interpretation of my lecture going on, and I am trying to give the interpreter a chance to catch up with my words. He did an amazing job!

I hope to be going back to Turkey soon. There is a committed group of people doing great things, and it is exciting to be a part of that work.

The “Just Right Challenge” Teaching in the Neurodiverse and Neurotypical Classroom.

17 Jan

When I consult to schools I like to give the teachers as much time as possible to ask me questions, in a free-form setting. This video is part of a question and answer session at a great DIR school where I consult. A teacher wanted to know when she was pushing too much, as she was also afraid of pushing too little, and knew this would slow her students’ learning. It is very difficult to know when you are challenging a student enough, or too much. I  answered her question on this difficult topic, and explained why the book, “Where the Wild Things Are” is a perfect metaphor for the experience of teaching and parenting.

How a Behavioral Intervention Might Impede Progress in Autism

11 Dec

This is part of a presentation I gave at theInterdisciplinary Counsel for Development and Learning, ICDL’s, International Conference in San Francisco this year. In it I explain why punishing, or prompting or working behaviorally in general, sets back the development of the person on the receiving end of the intervention. I explain in detail a graph I use to teach therapists and families why they should not mix an applied behavioral intervention with a DIRFloortime® intervention.

The “Glinda Strategy”

3 Dec

 

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This is a brief clip, from the end of my presentation at the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning’s 2019 International Conference in San Francisco. It starts on a slide of a chapter I just published in the book, “Autism 360°.”

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I wanted to empower therapists and parents to advocate vigorously whenever they see people misrepresenting which interventions have rigorous data over a long time that supports their interventions. I called it “The Glinda Strategy” in honor of everyone’s favorite good witch, Glinda, from the”Wizard of Oz.” Click on the cc at the bottom of the video to turn on the Closed Captioning, if it is not already turned on.

Teaching in Classrooms with a Variety of Developmental Levels

20 Nov

 

This video is part of a school consultation I did recently. I spent three days at the school, supporting teachers and therapists as they worked with students, talking to parents to help them understand DIR/Floortime, and generally helping everyone to make progress in their work in this developmental model. I take lots of video, and show it to the staff to give them the opportunity to be reflective about their work. I also sat down with staff and answered their questions for three hours at the end of the third day. I never speak from a script, and my answers to their questions were based in my understanding of their work, and my experiences and education. This clip is me answering a question from one of the teachers in the school, on the subject of providing appropriate instruction in a diverse classroom.

I suggest you use the Closed Captioning, turned on by clicking the cc on the video, if you have any difficulty understanding me. I sometimes speak very quickly.

This video is a little longer than my typical video because it is also on my website under “Consulting”, as an example of the services I provide when I consult to a school.

How We Inadvertently Create Aggression

12 Nov

I took about a year off of most social media. I wanted to clear my head of some of the “as-if” interventions I have seen in the last couple of years, and wanted to get back advocating for DIR/Floortime as a model of support for people of all ages with autism spectrum disorders. I am working on two different books, traveling a lot, consulting a lot, working in my private practice and working on the development of a not-for-profit.

Here is a short explanation of how we sometimes inadvertently create aggression in our children and the individuals with whom we work. The volunteer who comes up is my friend Hope from Oakwood Academy in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

I recommend you put on the Closed Captioning by clicking on the little cc at the bottom of the video. I went through and corrected it, and since I talk quickly, it may really help to understand what I’m saying.

Reposting “Gil Offers His Opinion on ABA vs. DIR/Floortime, on ‘Kids in the House.'”

7 Oct

I was reminded of this video this week by a colleague who told me it was one of her favorites. I repost it to celebrate my non-profit, Dirty Hands Developmental Alliance in Sonoma County, CA, and my new Clinical Practice, also in Sonoma County.

This video should leave you no doubt as to where I stand!

Gil Talking on Fox Radio “Fox on Love, With Ashley Papa”

16 Apr

https://radio.foxnews.com/2018/03/27/dating-embracing-your-partner-while-they-also-care-for-a-loved-one-with-autism/

Ashley Papa, the relationships reporter on Fox News Radio interviewed me recently on the subject of dating someone who is supporting a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I ended up saying, basically, that people with spectrum challenges were people first, and you needed to respect their wants and desires.

Click the link above to listen to the whole interview.

 

Gil On “MichaeLA” live today!

30 Mar

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I’m in LA today to appear on MichaeLA on HLN to talk about challenges that young adults with autism may have with employment and higher education, and about how we at Shrub Oak International School will help with those challenges.

My appearance is set for the second hour, around 1:15 pm in the Pacific time zone, about 4:15 pm in the Eastern time zone.  If you get a chance, take a look. If not, when the show is over, I will post a link, if I get one, so you can see what I said at your leisure.

4/2/18 Update

Here’s the video of my appearance. She is a really nice woman, with a real interest in the subject. I really enjoyed myself. See what you think.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=0eH48XZGmGg&video_referrer=watch

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