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US Autism Association Worldwide Watch Party Free Access (I’m presenting!)

22 Aug

In Defense of the Valiant Resistance

24 May

This is a video of a DIR/Floortime supervision I did for a clinician working in a clinic with a child who was turning his back, and doing everything he could to resist the clinician’s advances. She, the clinician, did a wonderful job, and has made tremendous progress in her support of the child’s developmental growth. Then, the therapist told me of the previous group of therapists who said that the child would never make progress, and suggested to the parents of the child that they should separate themselves from the child. This video is my response, in real time during my supervision with the clinician, to that suggestion.

Presenting at the US Autism Association 2021 World Autism Conference and Gala

12 Aug

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I am presenting at the US Autism Association’s 2021 World Autism Conference. This is a virtual conference, and I recorded presentations on two subjects close to my heart: Quality Autism Education, and DIR/Floortime. The first presentation on quality education is a discussion between the Executive Director of US Autism Association, Marlo Thurman and me, and the second, on DIR/Floortime is a panel discussion along with Stephen Shore, Robert Bernstein and Bridget Henn in the “Approaches to Autism” series.

Every year this conference has been a highlight for me, as I learn more at this conference than I do at any other conference I attend over the year. This year, because of health considerations, it is a virtual conference. The line-up of presenters is amazing, and I am honored to be invited to speak, not just once, but twice. The production values on all the presentations is of the highest quality, and I think you will find it a conference filled with presentations you will go back to again and again.

Here’s a little bit from the conference website:

“The US Autism Association is pleased to announce its 2021 World Conference and Gala. Within an entirely online model, this event will feature in-depth interviews, small group discussions, live chats with various speakers, and plenty of opportunities for live networking, connecting, and interacting with other conference attendees and sponsors.

In our continuing, 15-year tradition of bringing you the world’s best speakers, this event promises to maintain our small “family of support” feel to meet the needs of individuals at all ages along the autism spectrum. Recognized as one of the leading conferences that people on the autism spectrum want to attend, we at the US Autism Association hope you, your family and friends, and the medical, educational, and therapeutic professionals who serve those affected will join us and make this the best World Autism Conference and Gala yet!”

I hope you all enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed presenting!

 

Practical Floortime Consulting

3 Aug

Here is a quick video of me doing a consult to a clinic in another country. I listened to the clinician as she presented the child’s complex sensory profile, and outlined his pressing need. The government had supported his getting cochlear implants, and because he had not yet made great progress, the child was in danger of losing the government’s support for those implants. So, I made up a couple of interventions, supporting the child’s sensory challenges, and supporting the child’s speech production. I also made sure the intervention was joyful, so that both the child and the clinician would want to continue.

Gil on “Kids in the House” shares his opinion on DIR/Floortime VS. ABA

15 Jun

This is a clip from a panel I did on the website, “Kids in the House.” During the panel discussion, I got tossed a question about what intervention for Autism I would recommend. I don’t think they were prepared for how enthusiastically I would support DIR/Floortime and Stanley Greenspan. The other 2 panelists wanted to defend the ABA model. You can see the whole 30 minutes at the Kids in the House website through the link below. The part I posted actually gives you the whole idea, though.

If you come to see me at the Summer Autism Institute for the State of Vermont where I will be keynoting Friday, June 26th (http://www.uvm.edu/cnhs/autism_institute/) or Autism Society International Conference in Denver in July (http://www.uvm.edu/cnhs/autism_institute/) or at United States Autism and Aspergers Association in Tucson at the end of July (http://www.usautism.org/conferences/) you should probably know by know that I am going to talk about the parent supportive, respectful, effective DIR/Floortime and Rebecca School.

http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/blogs/kids-in-the-house/autism-discussion-raising-a-child-with-special-needs

Gil Tippy and Christopher Gauthier at USAAA

19 Dec

This is a snippet of an hour long public talk Christopher Gauthier and I gave at the United States Autism and Asperger Association national conference in Kansas City this Fall. USAAA just put this up on line, it had originally gone out live on a live feed from the conference, and I was really pleased to be able to link to it. USAAA is a very cool group, dedicated to finding sensible answers to dietary, biological and intervention questions for the Autism and Asperger community. I am always delighted to be asked to participate. This year I got to sample (and by sample I mean I ate every meal!) Kansas City barbeque. I also got to spend time with Chris Gauthier, the immensely talented photographer and inspiring activist. He and his wife Jacqui are the kind of friends who you dearly want to spend more time with, but somehow cannot make all the busy schedules work to get together. We all have these friends, and the Gauthiers are mine. I console myself by having access to Chris’ work, and by these annual conferences where we get to touch base once again. Maybe now that I am part time on the west coast, in Santa Rosa, CA, so that the distance between the Gauthiers and the Tippy’s is shorter, we can finally make our visits more regular. Check out Chris’ work at the link above, and notice the gallery of pictures we are sitting in front of on stage at USAAA. They are also Chris’s work.

Gil Tippy and Rae Leeper at ICDL International Conference

12 Nov

 

Rae and I got a chance to present at the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning’s (ICDL) International Conference on 11/9/14. We presented on the way that a DIR/Floortime curriculum meets the requirements of the Common Core Standards, is relatively easy to do, and is very effective with kids on the Autism Spectrum. The work is from the Rebecca School in Manhattan, where I am the Clinical Director and one of the Founders, and Rae is the Educational Coordinator, and also a founding member of the faculty at the school. This is really a teaser, and if people want to see the entire thing I would be happy to put it together in small segments. You could contact Rae at the Rebecca School, or me through my blog or website. We were really happy to be so well received by the audience. We think this is the answer for how to meet the Common Core Standards for kids with developmental challenges, and for neurotypical students as well. Good developmental work is simply right in many different situations.

Gil at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies

4 Nov

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Tania Singer, PhD

The Dalai Lama Speaks at the Conference

The Dalai Lama Speaks at the Conference

I am still so blown away after four amazing days at the Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Studies. In meeting after meeting, from the dialog with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, though the amazing closing presentation by Tania Singer, PhD, who electrified the audience with her amazing research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, it was the most amazing conference I have ever been a part of. I presented a poster

Rebecca School's Mindfulness Group Poster

Rebecca School’s Mindfulness Group Poster

At the Symposium in front of Rebecca School's poster.

At the Symposium in front of Rebecca School’s poster.

about the Mindfulness Support Group I run at the Rebecca School. Arianna Huffington was wonderful, and remarkably funny and mindful at the banquet on Saturday night. But the really amazing part for me were the presentations and the practice support. I had the chance to meditate, several times, with Roshi Joan Halifax, John Kabat-Zinn, and Sharon Salzburg. One of the meditations I attended with Sharon Salzberg, along with the closing address by Tania Singer inspired me to take our simple meditation group in a direction which I hope will directly influence our work with the kids and families at the Rebecca School. All in all, an entirely amazing and life affirming four days!

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

John Kabat-Zinn

Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax

The Common Core Standards are Right, and RTI Won’t Work

14 Jul

 

This is part of a presentation I gave with my friend, Rae Leeper, at the YAI International Convention in NYC this year. The Common Core Curriculum is the right way to go for all kids, and especially for kids with developmental challenges of relating and communicating. The way behaviorists work with these kids, Response to Intervention (RTI) worked alright with the memory based No Child Left Behind, (which left everyone behind), but does not work at all with the Common Core Standards. Behaviorists are left doing an ineffective intervention faster and faster to try to meet the Common Core Standards, but they cannot do it. I predict that in two years everyone will be clamoring to do our brand of respectful, developmental, individualized, child centered intervention and teaching.

Dr. Tippy Won’t Do That

19 Jun

 

This is little piece of a case conference I ran at the Rebecca School a couple of weeks ago. These weekly conferences include the team working with the child, the parents, and the entire 120 person staff of the school. The team talks about their program and the rest of the staff and I offer suggestions to make the program better. This clip is me talking about a child who loves the tiny details of a small locking block set, and a particular type of train set, and how he can see the trees but not the forest. I tell the staff to throw out all the tiny detailed stuff in order to invite the child into the world. I also talk about the tiny frustrations that lead to every child, not neurotypical and neurotypical alike, to be able to tolerate frustration and the challenges of the everyday world. Children beginning to understand that they have the inner resources to handle challenges is what leads to children seeing challenges as interesting problems to be solved, as opposed to seeing them as insurmountable frustrations to be controlled by rigidly sticking to set patterns.

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