Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think


Covers all types of ASD, including Asperger’s Syndrome, from the earliest signs in infancy through the school years – and on into adulthood.

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By Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., and Serena Wieder, Ph.D.

This essential guide uses the highly recommended Floortime approach for treating children with any of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It includes exciting information on neuroscience research into the effects of this approach, plus guidance for parents navigating the controversies surrounding the treatment of autism.

Unlike approaches that focus on changing specific behavior, Greenspan’s program promotes the building blocks of healthy emotional and behavioral development. He shows that, remarkably, children with ASD do not have a fixed, limited potential, and may often join their peers to lead full, psychologically healthy lives.

The Floortime approach can also be applied at any age – including early infancy, when the first signs of risk for ASD may appear – so that preventing the full development of autism becomes a real possibility.

  • Part I: Improving the Prognosis of ASD – Myths, Facts, Early Signs
  • Part II: Families First: How Families Can Use the DIR Model to Promote Relating, Communicating, and Thinking
  • Part III: Floortime
  • Part IV: The DIR Model of Assessment and Intervention
  • Part V: Overcoming Difficult Symptoms
  • Appendices

448 pages. Softcover. 2006.




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