Increasing Interaction with Children with Multisystem Developmental Disorder

by Serena Wieder, PhD, Co-Author with Stanley Greenspan, MD, of The Child With Special Needs The first important goal in treating children with MultiSystem Developmental Disorder (MSDD) is developing spontaneous interactive behaviors that are purposeful and intentional. Described below are examples of methods that increase affect and help children relate to and communicate with others. These efforts require daily practice and can be incorporated into play sessions, FloorTime or other times when a caregiver devotes total attention to the child. The methods are part of the DIR (Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship) model providing comprehensive approaches. Follow the leader. Do what the child does. Mutual attention develops through interaction. Never interrupt ongoing interactive play. Treat whatever the child is doing as intentional and purposeful. Your child may not know hot to initiate purposeful behaviors. By giving every move your utmost attention, interest and energy, you will convey that actions are meaningful- and will get a response. Extend the child’s desire and…

Light Sensitivity and Autism, ADHD, SPD and Developmental Delays

Light sensitivity and autism, ADHD, SPD and developmental delays is common. This hypersensitivity is complicated by visual stress-­producing factors that overload their visual environment and confuse their eyes and brains. To create this effect, you need not flash strobe lights. You need only combine mobiles hanging from the ceiling with busy bulletin boards and over-crowded cubbies. Usually children are quite unaware of the origin of their discomfort. While the causes of developmental delays are very complex and require intervention on many fronts, simply changing the lighting can be a beneficial addition to other forms of treatment. Many children are excessively sensitive to the quality of the lighting and may overreact. Added to environmental stress are symptoms of below-par visual skills that many of these children have: Rapid fatigue, while reading or looking at a picture book. Tendency to lose the place on the page Tendency to read too quickly, with poor pronunciation and little recall of what has been read…

Parenting Special Needs Children

Parenting special needs children can be quite the challenge, but children will more easily reach their full potential if the adults around them are working as a team. Collaboration with Professionals A child’s neurodevelopmental disorder or disability brings parents into contact – and sometimes into conflict – with doctors, teachers, and therapists. Here are suggestions for developing partnerships with professionals for parenting special needs children. Develop Positive Communication Skills It’s easy for the relationship to become adversarial, but that’s counter-productive. You make it easier for professionals to give you what you need if you communicate with them positively. Be Assertive But Not Aggressive Say what you believe firmly, but not with anger or implied threats. Your goal is to get them to listen – not to make them defensive. Listen It’s easy to spout a list of grievances, but if you don’t listen to the professionals, you can’t expect them to listen to you. Your goal is open communication. Act…