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…