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#1 Crimson Wife

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:22 PM

I read Dr. Greenspan's Engaging Autism years ago but as I recall it was more theoretical and didn't really get into the specifics. I'm looking for something that's similar to the Relationship Development Intervention series by Steven Gutstein in that it lays out suggested activities. There is Floortime Strategies to Promote Development in Children and Teens by Andrea Davis and Lahela Isaacson but I can't tell from the samples on Amazon if it's detailed enough. I could request it through ILL but it's currently checked out.

 

 



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:30 PM

Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill by Joyce Show is the book I have read that had a lot of really practical Floortime stuff in it.

But it is not a manual, it is a parent who talks about how she combines different methods and uses the best things from each for her son.

And she lived in California where she had access to a lot of trainings and specialists, so she had a lot of opportunities.

Iirc her son had a Floortime consultant and she included a lot of great ideas in her book.

So I think it is a great book, but it is not primarily about Floortime, but I remember it as having more detail (and more *accessible* detail) than anything else I have ever seen.

And I read Engaging Autism twice and it was just not practically accessible to me as far as feeling like "I got an idea and I know how to implement it." But I did feel like that with the Joyce Show book.

I am interested to see other recommendations people have. This is all I have got ;)

Edited by Lecka, 15 May 2017 - 01:31 PM.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:30 PM

Well, not exactly Floortime, but Solomon's Autism, the Potential Within would be good. . . and practical. I have read some excerpts and did a training webinar based on one of the chapters. Waiting on the book. And I am sure there are others that are in the same vein that would be good too. Looking forward to others' suggestions.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:45 PM

That looks like a good book.

 

From a parent with an 8-year-old looking at the Amazon blurb.... I looked at and thought:  "from self-isolation to warmly connected" ----- yes!!!!! ----- "from nonverbal to constantly talking" ----- not so much.  But he is still talking more and more and expressing himself more clearly, over time. 

 

I am going to get a Kindle sample and check it out :)


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:03 PM

I read the Show book and really liked it. She seemed to be a very dedicated mother who did a great job with her son.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:06 PM

*The Learning Tree* is the last book Dr. Greenspan wrote and the most helpful, I feel, in regards to his method.

https://www.amazon.c... tree greenspan

Here's a video regarding the Learning Tree and the thought process behind it.

https://youtu.be/nmsI345PqC0"]

I have also considered doing this while going over *The Learning Tree*, for the videos. It's a subscription though and I'm juggling too many balls at the moment. I would have bought the printed manual but I have not clarified whether it is *The Learning Tree* book they are talking about or a different book.

https://www.stanleyg...loortime-manual

https://youtu.be/c3jN47U6deg"]

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:23 PM

I read Dr. Greenspan's Engaging Autism years ago but as I recall it was more theoretical and didn't really get into the specifics. I'm looking for something that's similar to the Relationship Development Intervention series by Steven Gutstein in that it lays out suggested activities. There is Floortime Strategies to Promote Development in Children and Teens by Andrea Davis and Lahela Isaacson but I can't tell from the samples on Amazon if it's detailed enough. I could request it through ILL but it's currently checked out.

*Floortime Strategies* would be the most practical in terms of giving you a more step-by-step, but you might be a bit disappointed in the fact that there isn't as much detail to the process as there is with the RDI book. It's mostly a general guideline. I have not read the RDI book but did preview it from the library when I was considering buying it. If you can get access to *Floortime Strategies* from the library, I would check it out first and see how you feel about it. It would very likely be more useful to you if you read *The Learning Tree* first. Note, *The Learning Tree* gives you the theory of the approach, with many examples throughout, it is not a step-by-step but rather shows you the approach, the thought process, which you can then use to cater to the specific child. It's what has worked best for me given the way I tend to approach things.

Sorry for the delay... typing with one finger on the tablet ;)

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:53 PM

https://youtu.be/c3jN47U6deg

It's been a while since I watched this and I had missed the fact that this manual was put together by combining info from all Dr. Greenspan's books. I am guessing he is referring to a printed manual put together in the same manner/ order as the materials are presented in the online manual. I need to schedule this and set aside some time to do it. Hopefully, soon!

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:02 PM

I tried self taught floortime stuff, then did RDI with a consultant for years.

 

I really like Hanen materials. They are fantastic--very similar to what we did with our RDI consultants early on and relational and play centered like floortime--with a practical, "do this" type presentation. I felt they were great materials and wish I had found them when my guy was younger.

http://www.hanen.org/Shop.aspx

 

 


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:34 PM

I'd also recommend googling RDI and getting ideas from bloggers - for example Jacob's Journey was a blog which had good ideas. I used to be an RDI consultant and often got great ideas for activities from other people doing RDI. There used to be some good videos on youtube too. 



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:23 PM

I just ordered the printed version of *The Floortime Manual*. After I have had time to go over it (when it arrives) I will decide whether to go with the 30 or 90 day registration. Anyway, I can post my thoughts after it arrives if anyone is interested :)
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:33 PM

Apologies for the multiple posts! Just an fyi, *Floortime Strategies* is based on the DIRFloortime Model as described in this book by Dr. Greenspan. They actually recommend reading that first (I own that as well).

The Child with Special Needs (Greenspan/ Wieder)
https://www.amazon.c...needs greenspan

This book was first published in 1997, where as *The Learning Tree* was published in 2010 (the year he died) and is more complete and better structured. I would recommend going through the ToC for both, based on what you are looking to accomplish, and see if either one may fit your needs. Take a closer look at the manual in their site too though, as that may be closer to what you are looking for and more useful to you for your child and professionally.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:59 PM

I attended a training session for floortime. Also, I recall ordering training videos on the DIR Floortime which were so helpful! It is fascinating to watch Mr. Greenspan work with kids. Looks like they have moved what I ordered into that Floortime Manual link Marie provided. I also agree with the Hanen manual suggestion. That was the first intervention we tried with ds and that training made it very easy to see how to dovetail that with Floortime. I love the Learning Tree book and recommend it often, it is a great read. I don't think it is exactly what you are looking for though, but definitely one to put on the list to read. I think the Floortime Manual which appears similar to what they offered back when I was first learning would give you the best run down.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:36 PM

Yes, the videos are the reason why I will be going ahead with the subscription even though I ordered the printed manual. There just isn't enough floating around free on YouTube.

I am also moved whenever I come across a video with Dr. Greenspan working with a family! He appears to have been a very kind and caring man.

By the time I was ready to order the Hanen books they were pretty much past their usefulness for us. They are geared towards younger kids but can be useful from a professional standpoint to Crimson Wife.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 08:20 PM

By the time I was ready to order the Hanen books they were pretty much past their usefulness for us. They are geared towards younger kids but can be useful from a professional standpoint to Crimson Wife.


While I certainly can see why you would say this, I did want to point out that there are many ideas in both the More Than Words program and the Talkability Program that I still use today in my interactions with ds. I guess they are just ingrained in how I use language with ds. Perhaps how to vary the ideas to an older child wouldn't always be apparent to someone who hasn't used it before, but the are still very valid long term strategies that meet the child where they are at and allow for continued langue development and growth.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:39 PM

I only had a very small sample from which to base my decision on when I did (talking about the Hanen manuals), which was why I said, pretty much past. From the ToC I could see there were parts that could have been useful but the parts that did did not justify the cost at that point. I don't sell my resources to make costs back, which is why I have to factor in everything before hitting the order button. I do wish I had ordered sooner however, when my 8 yr old was around 4. I did use other resources (not autism specific) that worked well for us so I don't really feel that we missed out. And I still use a lot of what I learned from the resources I had as well. It's what I have noticed though. Some books I just click with the mentality of the authors, others I don't. If the mentality of the author follows along the lines of my own way of thinking, things just fall into place. It still doesn't mean that the other resources weren't useful, though.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:50 PM

I only had a very small sample from which to base my decision on when I did (talking about the Hanen manuals), which was why I said, pretty much past. From the ToC I could see there were parts that could have been useful but the parts that did did not justify the cost at that point. I don't sell my resources to make costs back, which is why I have to factor in everything before hitting the order button. I do wish I had ordered sooner however, when my 8 yr old was around 4. I did use other resources (not autism specific) that worked well for us so I don't really feel that we missed out. And I still use a lot of what I learned from the resources I had as well. It's what I have noticed though. Some books I just click with the mentality of the authors, others I don't. If the mentality of the author follows along the lines of my own way of thinking, things just fall into place. It still doesn't mean that the other resources weren't useful, though.


Oh sorry, I wasn't really commenting on their appropriateness for your family, just wanted to mention that point for anyone else reading that may just dismiss them as being too young, that is all.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:51 PM

I just ordered the printed version of *The Floortime Manual*. After I have had time to go over it (when it arrives) I will decide whether to go with the 30 or 90 day registration. Anyway, I can post my thoughts after it arrives if anyone is interested :)

 

I ordered this, thanks for the link!


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:57 PM

I like Hanen as well but for the purposes of a potential opportunity that I am trying to make a reality, I need specifically Floortime materials. :)


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:04 PM

I like Hanen as well but for the purposes of a potential opportunity that I am trying to make a reality, I need specifically Floortime materials. :)


Best of luck, hope it all works out!

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:14 PM

Oh sorry, I wasn't really commenting on their appropriateness for your family, just wanted to mention that point for anyone else reading that may just dismiss them as been too young, that is all.


I know :) I was just explaining our situation at the time. For the record, I really liked the samples I saw of the Hanen books. It was you I had originally seen them mentioned from. I just forgot about them for a long time and by the time I saw you mention them again, we were at the point I described above ;)

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:33 PM

I ordered this, thanks for the link!


You're probably going to receive yours before me 😋 Ah well :)

Good luck!

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:57 PM

One thing that would be incredibly useful is if they offered samples of the Hanen manuals through other sources, besides their website. I remember I originally looked them up on Amazon and there were no samples, which was why I hesitated at first. They really need to market them better! Their site can be a bit confusing when you first visit as well. Anyway, linking to the page that includes samples for TalkAbility, in case anyone finds it useful.

http://www.hanen.org...alkAbility.aspx

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 01:48 AM

Here's the *More than Words* page.

http://www.hanen.org...Than-Words.aspx

Their site states that *More than Words* was designed for ages 5 and under and TalkAbility (from the previous link) for children 5-7. If they were intended for older kids as well, then again, their marketing strategies need work. Their target market is verbal, high functioning kids, so I do believe these age ranges are accurate. When people have all the facts they can make more informed decisions :)

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:08 AM

I hope your opportunity works out, too! Good luck!!!