What parents/caregivers say:
One is apt to take the love of sharing with a grandchild for granted. But when you are given a lovely child and that child is diagnosed with autism the loss of sharing is profound. If our grandson, Ian, had not been blessed with a mother and father who searched and left no stone unturned until they found a process that would give to Ian the tools he needed to speak, to play, to interact, and to love our hearts would have been broken. Through Drs. Greenspan and Wieder's DIR® program and love of family, we have a blessed relationship. We are not only better grandparents but better people because of sharing life with Ian!
Each child becomes our teacher, showing us through their actions and interests a way into their world. Using the power of love and our relationship with our child as a guide, we follow the child's lead and respect their choices and desires as we lead them into our world.
The DIR® model has given our family hope. Since adopting this model and using Floortime in our home, both of our children's abilities to communicate and relate with us and other people in their lives had dramatically improved. Our dreams as parents have been that our sons will be able to have rich, meaningful relationships and personal interests they are passionate about. With this approach we know we are on the right path.