Attune, help, and recover: a structured developmental approach to behavioral challenges in children with disabilities.
This book offers a comprehensive view of behavioral challenges for a child with autism or other special needs from a developmental perspective based on the DIRFloortime® framework. Parents and professionals are guided to understand and improve a child’s behavior while also supporting underlying developmental capacities for shared attention, warm engagement, trust, initiative, creative shared problem solving, symbolic and logical thinking, and the development of personal values.
The approach is presented in three parts. Step-by-step, clinicians, caretakers, and educators will learn how to use the developmental approach to:
1. Understand the many variables involved in the behavior of a child withspecial needs,
2. Effectively respond to a challenging behavior in the moment with three keysteps: attune, help, and recover
3. Create a long-term plan to support developmental and behavioral progress.
When a child with a disability has a behavioral challenge, a clinician is confronted with the complexities of the child’s developmental strengths and vulnerabilities, individual differences, and his or her unique pattern of interactions in personal relationships. Keeping all the variables in mind, the developmental approach provides a plan that supports a child’s growth and deepens his or her capacity for perspective and carefor others.
The framework is based on universal developmental principles, which are effectiveregardless of the child’s particular age or disability. By recognizing a child’s developmental level of functioning, an adult can select strategies to effectively guidethe child toward higher levels of relating, thinking and communicating. Through theprocess of compassionate attunement, and building on a child’s strengths, adults canoptimistically chart a clear path to long-term success.
A refreshing alternative to rewards-and consequences-based models of behaviormanagement, the methods and practices in this book will empower any adult whointeracts with a child with special needs, whether their work is directly focused onimproving behavior, or because they must provide support so that the child can participate in other endeavors.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Diane Cullinane is a developmental pediatrician, board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is cofounder and executive director of Professional Child Development Associates, in Pasadena, California, a non-profit agency that provides a wide range of programs and services for children with autism and other developmental challenges, using the DIR approach. Dr. Cullinane is a strong advocate for developmental and relationship based interventions, and is a training leader in DIRFloortime®.
Table of Contents
Part I Understanding Behavior from a Developmental Perspective
1 The Developmental Approach 3
2 Developmental Capacities 33
3 Individual Differences 63
4 Relationships 103
Part II Responding to Challenging Behavior in the Moment
5 The Initial Response 131
6 Step 1: Attune and Organize 147
7 Step 2: Help 181
8 Step 3: Recover, Review, Repair 219
Part III The Long-Term Plan
9 Creating a Plan 235
10 The Use of Play 267
11 The Course of Treatment 295