Saturday, July 15, 2006
This was a video we took right before starting Floortime therpay. I had read up on Floortime, and I am working very hard to engage Lizzie. She was unable to engage for more than a few seconds, and then she disconnects and wanders off on her own. You will see us playing red light, green light for a minute or so, and then I struggle for awhile to get her engaged. Keep in mind that to pull her out of her own world for even a second, I have to basically be an overly excited circus clown. I learned that it is really important to follow her lead no matter what. After years of doing ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), it was very hard for me to let go of my "agenda", and realize it is about engagement, not the activity. At the end I get her really engaged by being silly with the paint, and it is beautiful.