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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Floortime Final Approval

Earlier posts mentioned a dispute over funding of Floortime in Los Angeles County. Alan Zarembo writes in The Los Angeles Times:

A judge gave final approval Monday to a settlement agreement allowing families of autistic children in eastern Los Angeles County to receive a state-funded therapy for the disorder.

Last year, the Eastern Los Angeles County Regional Center, a nonprofit agency that coordinates state-funded services for the disabled, informed more than 100 families that it was discontinuing the treatment -- known as the DIR model -- as a result of state budget cuts.

Best known as Floortime, the treatment relies on a therapist to follow a child’s lead during play activities to develop communication and social skills.