The effects of parent training in Dr. Stanley Greenspan's floor time approach on parent's interactions with their autistic children

This thesis is a modified case study involving four families with three-year old children who have been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. Parent training in the Floor time approach was conducted to increase the mother's ability to support the child's emotional development and play interactions within a clinical setting. The training was provided one hour each week for eight consecutive weeks. During this time, the Floor time approach was presented to the parents using didactic instruction, discussion of related readings, and videotapes. A pre-test and post-test video was taken of each child during a free play session with the parent to measure changes in mothers' behaviors. Results in all four cases demonstrated an increase in frequency and elaborated quality of mothers' interactions with their young children. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.