Search This Blog

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Victory for Floortime

A January 18 post involved the effort of some families in Los Angeles County to get funding for Floortime. The Los Angeles Times reports:

Families of children with autism in eastern Los Angeles County appear to have prevailed in a fight to maintain state funding for a popular therapy for the disorder.

More than 2,200 families received notice this week of a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit that, if approved by a judge, would force the Eastern Los Angeles County Regional Center to continue to provide the treatment, known as the DIR model (for "developmental, individual difference, relationship-based").

DIR is the basis for Floortime, a popular method in which a therapist follows a child's lead during play activities to develop communication and social skills.