What is Developmental (or Psycholinguistic) Therapy
The developmental therapy works from inside out. That is, you try to foster your child’s motivation to connect with others, so s/he will naturally acquire the social skills, including the language skills. The idea is that social skills are not repeatable. Think of the times when you chat with a friend--there can be numerous ways to start and continue a conversation. This is not something you can model and expect your child to learn with a series of steps, as you do with ABA. The main goal of developmental therapy is spontaneous social interactions.
There are quite a few therapy programs out there that fall into the category of developmental therapy. They all share the approach of focusing on the developmental stages of the child, but not on behavioral skills (though the behaviors can be used to chart the child’s progress and set the goals). You may have heard of programs such as Floor Time, RDI, or DRI. However, the one endorsed by overwhelming majority of parents is Son-rise therapy. It was voted as #1 autism therapy in the Autism One conference of 2013. (If you choose to do RDI, please consider removing the “mater-apprentice” principle and let you child take the lead, or else it may stunt the very social spontaneity that you are trying to foster.)
How to Start a Son-rise Program at Home
- To learn about the Son-rise program, you can read and watch the abundant free resources on the official Son-rise website. Through the website, you can request a free phone consultation and free resources to be mailed to you.
- You would also want to read these two books to further understand the origin and philosophy of Son-rise:
Son Rise: The Miracle Continues, and Happiness is a Choice, both by Barry Neil Kaufman
- The Son-rise curriculum (program book) is available online.
- For playroom ideas, you can visit the Son-rise blog.
- The Son-rise institute has a series of five-day workshops for the program, but even if you just go to the first one, it still makes all the difference. To request a scholarship to attend the workshop, go to this link.
- After the workshop, you can continue to obtain support from the Son-rise institute through: phone consultations, remote video feedbacks, and home visits by a Son-rise facilitator or teacher.
- For recruiting and training home therapists, click here.
- For local support, contact us via email. You can also join the Facebook support group for Son-rise.