Implementing the principles of floor time in a peer group setting for children with autism to facilitate social and emotional development

This study investigated that the use of Floor time in a social-emotional skills group, would increase the emotional development of the group, and increase the spontaneous initiations within the group. The social skills group consisted of four children age three, diagnosed with autism. The group met for one hour a week, for eight weeks. During this time, the Floor time protocol was implemented. A pre-test and post-test video was taken of the children without any facilitation, to measure the emotional development and the total number of initiations within the group. Results indicate there was a significant amount of improvement. The group increased in their overall social-emotional developmental level, as well as their capacity to initiate more social interactions.