Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Developmental or Behavioral...a thoughtful perspective...

I am sharing Maude LeRoux's blog post here.  Her discussion of developmental and relational approaches as compared to behavioral is very thoughtful and insightful.  It is worth a read.

Click here to view Maude's blog post. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Nagwa Khedr: The Woman Introducing Egypt To A New Autism Treatment Method

 Read the article by clicking here.  Another one of ICDL's Expert Training Leaders making a difference!  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Relationships Matter...

Relationships matter.  If you have not seen it before, check out the Harvard Adult Development Study.  Very interesting. 

Click here to view the TED Talk. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 ICDL Conference in Bangkok

I am so excited about our conference coming up in Bangkok on November 9th and 10th.  The conference is filling up nicely, but there is still space if you want to register to join us.  Great speakers including Floortime experts from Thailand, Indonesia, and the USA.  The 50% off early bird ends in just a couple of days, so now is the time to register if you have not done so yet.  We want you to be there, so we have made this conference incredibly cheap.  The 2-day early bird price is only $90.  Don't wait much longer to decide or you might miss out!  See you in Bangkok! Click here for more information...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Autism Focused Episode on Friday

We have no idea what the episode will end up being like, but I am excited that a DIR school was used as a primary focus for understanding autism. Please check it out. Thank you to the Rebecca School for being willing to share your staff, kids, and school with the world. There is always some risk in that, but it so very important that we take that risk and share what we know to be true about human development with the world.  Please check it out! (For those reading this in an e-mail, please click the "Jeff's Blog" link to watch the trailer for the VICE episode.) 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Learning through exploration and discovery...

I just watched a great TED talk about the minds of babies.  Definitely worth watching.  Click here to view it.

This is why following the child's lead is so important.  Babies are wonderful at learning through exploration and discovery.  In the TED talk she talks about babies having a lantern type focus rather than the spotlight type we use as adults.  How do we foster this exploration and discovery and tap into that lantern style?  By following the child's lead and helping foster that exploration and discovery. 

What worries me so much is that many behaviorally focused professionals approach young ones with a spotlight mentality that is more focused on exposure and memory than exploration and discovery.  In my humble opinion and from my experience, this is the exact wrong approach.  I worry that it ends up limiting rather thane expanding development.

Let's do our best to put down the spotlight and pick up the lantern and join in with the babies in our lives.  Not only is it good for them, it is also good for us!   

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The continuation of the former ICDL Graduate School as a program at Fielding Graduate University is so exciting to see.  You can read about some of the wonderful things going on there in the Autism DATA newsletter.  If you have not seen the Autism DATA newsletter or website, both are worth checking out.  Every day there seems to be more good news about the positive progression of DIR-based approaches.  Together we can create a world where individual differences are embraced and everyone can achieve their fullest potential.