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— Annual Conference Features DIR/Floortime Expert Ricki Robinson–
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — If you live in Florida and your child has an autism spectrum disorder your options are few. Many therapeutic interventions and education options rely on traditional approaches focused on building routine skills. A new approach to treatment, however, is gaining ground thanks to the effort of a small school in Hollywood.
CasaBlanca Academy offers the only program in the State of Florida solely based on the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based model, know as DIR®/Floortime™. The approach is unique because it targets social, emotional and intellectual capacities rather than routine skills and isolated behaviors.
“For my son CasaBlanca Academy has had a remarkable effect,” admits school Co-Founder Jim Barrett. “The benefits can be seen in his enthusiasm about school, his academic accomplishments, his relationship with his friends and family and his overall engagement with the world around him.”
Offering a one-to-one teacher-student ratio, CasaBlanca Academy emphasizes independent thinking, problem solving and life skills while incorporating therapeutic interventions with the Sunshine State’s academic standards. In addition, the school brings a nationally and internationally recognized team to train a hand-picked staff of teachers and paraprofessionals.
On Saturday, February 5 the school will host a one-day conference on autism and the DIR® model. The event’s nationally sought-after speakers include Dr. Ricki Robinson, who has appeared on national news outlets including the Today Show, Larry King Live and Good Morning America. She is also the author of Autism Solutions: How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child.
The event, which aims to attract attention to the relationship-based approach, will take place at the Hollywood Hills United Methodist Church in Hollywood (400 North 35th Avenue). For more information, please contact Rebecca Dinar at 305-710-5361 or at Rebecca@CasaBlancaAcademy.org.
For more information about DIR®/Floortime™, please visit www.icdl.com.
For more information about the U.S. Department of Health Survey on the rising numbers of children with autism, please visit http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/peds.2009-1522v1.
An autism spectrum disorder includes Autism, Aspergers Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). For more information, please visit: http://www.umcard.org/facts.php
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.