There is a growing body of research that supports Relationship-Based, Developmental approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For example, in a 2019 study published by the Journal of the American Psychological Association, Developmental Interventions were recognized in the highest tier of efficacy among autism treatments. (Source: Project AIM: Autism intervention meta-analysis for studies of young children)

Mr. Glazier has been a leader in this field since the late 1990’s. He has helped hundreds of neurodiverse children build more natural connections with family members and peers and achieve greater growth, independence, and joy. (Resource: Relationship-Based Developmental Approaches to ASD)

Steven can help in the following ways:

  • Floortime Coach: Model and coach play and interaction styles for the caregivers that promote developmental progress in all areas. Target strategies that the parents can practice with the child at home. (Resource: Floortime Principles/Strategies)
  • Tailor the child’s intervention program so that it addresses their most important needs.
  • Help parents make key decisions as their child ages. For e.g. choice of school, planning for transitions, etc.
  • Collaborate with other Team members. This may include school observation and Team meeting attendance either virtually or in-person.
  • Facilitate play dates with a peer.
  • Ensure that inclusion settings, if chosen by family, are most beneficial. (Resource: Preschool Inclusion for Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders)
  • Monitor and support the emotional functioning of the family as a whole.

DIR/Floortime®

A comprehensive Relationship-Based Developmental model that was developed by Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, PhD. Mr. Glazier is a Faculty Member/Trainer for the two organizations that issue Certificates in DIR/Floortime®. (Resource: DIR®/Floortime)

A primary goal of Floortime, as stated so eloquently by the late Dr. Greenspan, is to "Join in the child’s world, so that we may woo them into a joint, mutually fulfilling world." (Resource: Evidence Base for the DIRFloortime® Approach)

PACT (Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy)

PACT is an evidence-based intervention in which therapists work with parents to enhance social communication with their young child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). PACT is the first autism intervention to have shown long-term reduction in autism symptom severity.

The Autism Intervention Meta Analysis (Sandbank et al. 2019, Psychological Bulletin) praised PACT because it “provides an example of methodological rigor to which the field should aspire.”

Source: Parent-mediated communication-focused treatment in children with autism (PACT): a randomised controlled trial

Source: Parent-mediated social communication therapy for young children with autism (PACT): long-term follow-up of a randomised controlled trial

Mr. Glazier is the first psychologist in the USA to receive Certification in PACT and he is excited to offer it in Pennsylvania. PACT may be delivered entirely virtually or in-person.

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