Autism As An Intention Deficit Disorder (Floortime Therapy)
I've been doing DIR/Floortime therapy with Violet for about a year and a half now. I always found it so different from what I hear other parents doing for their kids therapies, and its very much reliant on the parents participation, rather than a therapist. Apparently that is what was mandated for standard therapy in Ontario several years back, and you'd be hard pressed not to find a speech or behavioral therapist here who hasn't been trained in Floortime. Even our speech therapy is done based on the Hanen system, which is also parent directed, which works hand in hand with Floortime. (I guess they really want us to do our own therapy, I get it now! lol.)
The main idea is getting down on the floor (literally) and playing and interacting with your child, to get into their world. It has quite a bit of sensory therapy intertwined with it, like practicing words while on a swing or a ball, whatever sensory input your child craves. It also works on the premise that every unusual action, behavior or sound your child makes has a purpose, and parents mirror the purpose back to the child, to establish a connection between action and intent, which in turn creates a better sense of self, and opens the doors to meaningful thought.
If anyone is interested, there is an interesting pdf article written about the fundamentals of creator, Stanley Greenspan's theories about what Floortime is, and why it is so different from traditional therapies.