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Beth Osten visits APT! Again!

on October 22, 2014
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Therapists observe a treatment session with Beth, an APT therapist and one of our kiddos.

 

We spent the weekend getting a refresher from Beth Osten, our Floortime guru.  Beth practices just outside Chicago at Beth Osten and Associates.  She is a nationally recognized speaker for Profectum and is a specialist in the Floortime model, first developed by Stanley Greenspan.  From the Greenspan website:

The Greenspan Floortime Approach is a system developed by the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. Floortime meets children where they are and builds upon their strengths and abilities through creating a warm relationship and interacting. It challenges them to go further and to develop who they are rather than what their diagnosis says.

In Floortime, you use this time with your child to excite her interests, draw her to connect to you, and challenge her to be creative, curious, and spontaneous—all of which move her forward intellectually and emotionally. (As children get older, Floortime essentially morphs into an exciting, back-and-forth time of exploring the child’s ideas.)

For any age child, you do three things:

  • Follow your child’s lead, i.e. enter the child’s world and join in their emotional flow;
  • Challenge her to be creative and spontaneous; and
  • Expand the action and interaction to include all or most of her senses and motor skills as well as different emotions.

The technique for Floortime requires advanced training, which Beth has acquired and shared with us.  Most important to her conference with us, we learned that we can facilitate both cognitive and motor skill acquisition by working within the child’s emotional and play behaviors.  It looks like play, but it’s so much more!

We will be asking parents to come into sessions with us so they can learn too.  If you have any questions, please ask!

 

 

 

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