Have you ever wondered what are the differences between ABA vs floortime therapy? This is a common question asked by many parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder.
While I mentioned a few of the differences in the graphic above, here is a more complete list.
ABA Vs. Floortime Therapy
Based on behavior modifications- been used for a longer period of time
Requires a trained therapist
More scholarly research exists
Is more commonly used
Many adults on the spectrum aren’t fans of it if they had it as a child
Newer therapy and less widely used
Prefered by a lot of adults on the spectrum
Can be done by a parent of a child once the parent is trained
Is a form of play therapy
Is based on relationships rather than behavior
More adults on the spectrum have good memories of it
While I personally only had Floortime therapy as a child, I’ve heard that many professionals are know encouraging the usage of both ABA and FloorTime rather than limiting your child’s therapy to only one. I think this makes a lot of sense for a lot of children.
Watch this video below to listen to Dr. Stanley Greenspan who created the FloorTime therapy method talk about how he created it and why.