By highlighting the profound link between Greenspan and Wieder’s (2006) DIR/Floortime and Fonagy et al.’s (2002) mentalization theory, this comprehensive literature review makes more evident: 1) the wider applicability of DIR/Floortime to a range of conditions, not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); 2) that parents are the primary mutative agent in their child’s life; 3) that ASD symptomology creates obstacles to the parents’ capacity to construct optimal social-emotional learning environments, which undermines parents’ unique growth promoting role; 4) parental trauma functions as a barrier to the implementation of DIR/Floortime; and lastly 5) the cultivation of parental mentalization, through attachment-based interventions, must be a central component of DIR/Floortime treatment. Additionally, this dissertation includes a summary of findings from interviews with five professionals with expertise in DIR/Floortime or mentalization-based therapy and who carefully utilize parent work in their clinical practice with children.
|School:||Alliant International University|
|Department:||Los Angeles, CSPP|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Attachment theory, Autism spectrum disorder, Dir/floortime, Mentalization, Parenting a child with autism spectrum disorder, Reflective parenting|
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