Below are resources and links to articles on Autism, Developmental Disorders, DIR and partnerships of The Lionheart School.
Developmental Relationship Model
The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental Learning Disorders, an organization founded by Stanley Greenspan which brings together experts from many fields whose work is relevant to developmentally disabled children.
Profectum Foundation was formed by a group of concerned parents and expert practitioners with experience with developmental and behavioral interventions. They welcome all practitioners and families who share their vision of expanding the resources available to help individuals with special needs. Profectum aspires to define the Foundational Capacities for Development as a framework for integrating different intervention approaches and to train tens/hundreds of thousands of parents and practitioners around the world over time.
Autism and other Developmental Disorders
Autism Society of America, Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, ASA is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism.
Autism Speaks, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.
CDC Autism Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism Information Center.
paws4people foundation has multiple programs through which they train and place assistance dogs with people with disabilities throughout the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions. They specialize in clients under the age of 12 and veterans with PTSD; as well as the ground-breaking field of training and utilizing the Educational Assistance Dog. Lionheart received an educational service dog, LANGLEY, through paws4people in the Spring of 2013. She has been trained to work with our students as a tool in a variety of capacities. LANGLEY calms and soothes students who have challenges regulating their sensory systems, delivers messages, carries items for students, assists with sensory and motor based activities during OT sessions, and even motivates students who may be reticent during reading activities. LANGLEY’s biggest task is at the center of Lionheart’s relationship-based model – she is simply another amazing relationship for our students to enjoy. She also assists in helping our students build relationships when they venture off-campus and participate in community outreach at the local YMCA or retirement home. Our students connect to new people and bring joy to the community with LANGLEY as their tool.
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Lioncrest Farms is the location of Lionheart’s Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding program. Lioncrest Farms is located 20 minutes from the Alpharetta school campus, adjacent to the Lionheart Gardens.
Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA: There is something for every child at the Y. Lionheart’s partner with our Lionheart for Life program.
Engaging Autism, Engaging Autism: Helping Children Relate, Communicate and Think with the DIR Floortime Approach (Hardcover), by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., Serena Wieder, PH.D.
The Explosive Child, The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (Paperback), by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
Thinking Goes To School: Piaget’s Theory in Practice, by Hans G. Furth.