It might raise some eyebrows, but Dr. Arnold Miller believes in elevating children with autism...both figuratively and literally right off the ground.
In his newest book on autism spectrum disorders, The Miller Method® Developing the Capacities of Children on the Autism Spectrum, Miller and his colleague Kristina Chrétien present an entirely new perspective on advancing the body organization, social, and communicative skills of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs.)
Part of Miller's method includes guiding the child on to The Elevated Square, a device that gets the child off the floor and markedly diminishes toe-walking, hand flapping and aimless wandering. By creating a highly defined reality that requires the child's rapt attention to traverse it, the Elevated Square helps counter some of the significant challenges these children confront.
Another feature of the method entails the carefully gauged disruption of everyday routines. This may include deliberately "messing up" the classroom so that the children experience putting it together and learning that they can cope with disorder and change.
Working on the premise that children with ASDs learn more effectively when their whole bodies are involved, The Miller Method® covers major issues such as communication skills and social play, as well as day-to-day behavioral issues including tantrums, aggression and toilet training.
Written from a deep and broad clinical perspective in a language both parents and professionals can appreciate, The Miller Method® is part guide, part lifeline for those seeking answers to one of life's most complicated cognitive developmental puzzles.
Expert and scholarly praise for The Miller Method®
"Miller's newest book is transforming...it is a treasure trove of sensitive and compassionate insights along with clever and creative techniques..."
--Donald Wertlieb, Professor of Child Development, Tufts University
"..The Miller Method offers 'a complete package' for parents and professionals... a book eminently respectful of the child with autism..."
--Diane Twachtman-Cullen, PhD, CCC-SLP, Editor-in-Chief, Autism Spectrum Quarterly
"If ever there was a method that works with children with autism and not against their autistic tendencies, it is this method!... After using this method at my school for ten years, I can attest to the effectiveness of this approach."
--Christine Cook, PhD, Early Intervention Program, William Patrick Day Center, Ohio
"...I wish The Miller Method® was around when I, a nonverbal 4-year old with autistic features recommended for institutionalization, was trying to grow up."
--Stephen M. Shore, internationally known author and consultant on issues related to autism
Arnold Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is executive director of the Language and Cognitive Development Center of Newton, Massachusetts as well as Affiliate Professor of Psychology, Clark University.
Kristina Chrétien, MS, works as cognitive development therapist at the Language and Cognitive Center of Newton.