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Five Great Floortime Books

Five Great Floortime Books

Parents new to Floortime sometimes want reference books to learn from. This week I present to you five books that are going to give anyone a solid understanding and appreciation for the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model and what...

Floortime for First-Timers: A Quickstart Guide

Floortime for First-Timers: A Quickstart Guide

You are new to Floortime and want to know how to start. What is it? What do I do with my child? Here's a 10-step overview to get you started and on your way to having fun with your child in order to help his or her development. 1. Floortime is about connecting with...

More Floortime in the car!

More Floortime in the car!

This week’s Floortime video presents a new example of last year's Floortime in the car! In this year’s example, the setting was a bit different. We weren’t driving, but were parked. We have recently started a new game when we’re stopped at long red lights or when...

Another Look at Self-Reflection in Floortime

Another Look at Self-Reflection in Floortime

Last year's 3-part podcast with DIR Expert and Training Leader, Dr. Andrea Davis, Using Self-Reflection as a Tool in Floortime, highlighted such an important aspect of DIR/Floortime: the role of self-reflection to foster your own growth-promoting interactions and...

Floortime Analysis

Floortime Analysis

This week’s post is another example of a 20-minute Floortime session. In the video link below, you will see a child enjoying water balloon play with his Dad. Using examples from the book by Dr. Davis and colleagues, Dad's goal is to work through the core capacities up...

Special Books by Special Kids

Special Books by Special Kids

This week I wanted to share a wonderful series on YouTube called Special Books for Special Kids. Read about the creator, Chris Ulmer's story of how it got started here. I think he is a natural Floortimer!Please watch this fantastic video of a very talented former...

The Building Blocks of Motor Planning

The Building Blocks of Motor Planning

This week’s blog post is a complement to last year's post entitled, Motor planning and sequencing challenges in children with developmental differences. There you can find the Key Take-Aways PDF from that blog as well. Last year's post was a brief overview of motor...

Advocacy for Developmental Approach Therapies

Advocacy for Developmental Approach Therapies

There is a new advocacy organization to promote developmental approach therapies for autism in Ontario, Canada! The Autism Developmental Approach Therapies Association, or Autism DATA is a group of parents and professional practitioners in Canada who use a...

Floortime in the car!

Floortime in the car!

In honour of the May long weekends in North America, what better topic to discuss than travel? During our travels to see model train layouts with our son, I had the opportunity to practice...

Self-Reflection in Floortime

Self-Reflection in Floortime

The last few blogs have covered how we can stay attuned to our children by accepting and respecting their emotional experiences. Another very important practice that often gets overlooked when we talk about working with children is self reflecting on our own...

Welcome to Affect Autism

Welcome to Affect Autism

Welcome to AffectAutism.com! Thank you for taking the time to visit. The purpose of this site is to educate, empower, and support parents of children with developmental differences in the following ways: Providing regular blog posts about the Developmental, Individual...