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We highly recommend these programs for young children. We suggest you do your research by following the hyperlinks, and find out which one would be best for you & your child. For clinical guidance we are happy to give suggestions and recommendations. To find a professional that specializes in each program, go to the specific website to locate someone in your area.
As a parent of a child with Autism, I know first-hand how expensive and time-consuming therapy and treatments can be. I personally advocate a developmental approach to treatment rather than a behavioral approach, for many reasons. The main reason being that children learn best from their parents. They have a bond with their parents that needs to be strengthened both for the child’s well-being and for the parents. Developmental treatments are also cost-effective since they are mostly parent-led with the possibility of some professional consultations if needed. These approaches create an amazing bond between parents and child and show the child how loved they are no matter how they are developing. Another benefit is that the developmental approaches empower parents to understand that they can make a huge difference in their child’s life and development. And they do not have to solely rely on professionals to help.
Parent-led therapeutic intervention
The Son-Rise Program was originated by Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman in 1974 for their son, Raun, who was challenged by autism. Their Autism education model has changed the way children with Autism are helped worldwide.
Floortime was created by Dr. Stanley Greenspan for children on the autism spectrum and those with developmental delays. Floortime can give them the skills necessary to progress in school and in life and to be independent. In research studies comparing the effect of Floortime with behavioral treatments, the kids receiving Floortime improved their relating and communicating over the kids receiving behavioral treatments.
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) offers treatment programs for individuals and families that face Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental difficulties. It is often described as “the missing piece of the puzzle” in the treatment of ASD because instead of focusing on symptoms, the program works to activate the grow-seeking drive essential to remediating the universal impairments associated with ASD.
The PLAY (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project is an evidence-based autism intervention developed by Richard Solomon, MD. The PLAY Project is devoted to helping parents develop a better connection with their child through play, and helping the child improve their language, development, behavior, and social skills. We watch parents develop a joyous relationship with their child because of the PLAY Project.