Monthly Archives: October 2010

We wanted to make sure that our families knew of this fabulous, inclusive event.  Hope y’all get to go there and celebrate the joys of the Harvest and the Halloween holiday!!

–Jan & Sara


  • WHO?  This Halloween & Fall Harvest family event will be attended by Western Washington Families who have children with autism and their friends.
  • WHAT?  This event will provide a safe and fun Trick-or-Treat and Harvest Party for children affected by autism and is a fundraiser to help TACA continue to provide important services to families affected by autism at no cost.  (View photos from last year’s Harvest Party at TACA’s website).  The event will feature Gluten- and Caesein-free Trick-or-Treating!  Free fun activities (moon bounce, face painting, games, pumpkin painting, and more!)  This event will happen rain or shine – TACA activities are under cover in a barn at the farm.  Reserve your spot online in advance starting in mid-September at TACA’s website.  Don’t wait!  This event fills up fast!
  • WHEN?  Sunday October 31, 2010 @ 10 am – 1:30 pm
  • WHERE?  Schilter Family Farm in the Nisqually Valley (South of Dupont):  141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE, Olympia WA  98513
  • REGISTER:  at the TACA website (Talk About Curing Autism).
  • ADMISSION IS FREE BUT DONATIONS ARE WELCOME.  A $5 donation per family is greatly appreciated!


          Sara, Sherri, Rosemary and Janet

On September 25th and 26th, Sara and Janet attended the DIR/Floortime Conference in Seattle.  DIR/Floortime is the developmentally appropriate, relationship based approach to treatment that was developed by the late Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, PhD. 

Dr. Greenspan posed the following question:  “How does the child develop the miraculous ability to attend, to be calm and interested in the world, to desire to interact with others and to “woo”  those around them to interact with them?”   His question is answered  in the DIR/Floortime Model.

During last month’s workshop, Sherri Cawn, Speech Therapist,  and Rosemary White, Occupational Therapist,  provided background information about the Floortime Model.  Participants then had the opportunity to discuss a myriad of cases that were presented with children interacting in a variety of environments including clinic, school, home and social settings.   

The DIR Model is an effective treatment approach for children with challenges in relating and communicating, including Autism Spectrum.  It is a frame of reference that is applied by various disciplines, including Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Teachers and Psychologists.  It takes into consideration developmentally ordered capacities and individual differences and includes active parent involvement.

We all know that affect is a central organizer of the mind and that it drives learning.  This course provided Sara and Janet with a working model of how to translate this idea into action using interactive techniques that can easily be used throughout the child’s day with  family members and other significant players.