I'm looking for some insight from anyone who's had experience with both DIR/Floortime and with ABA. We might be moving our son to a new school who uses DIR/Floortime but our Regional Center thinks it's not as effective or useful as ABA.
That is what they say, however my son only gets 10 because its just too long of a day..school than therapy is alot. Not alot of ABA therapist like to take less than 25 hours, but you should ask around and see if they could find someone who would be able to take on less hours. While therapy is great..we do have to let our kids be kids and have some time to unwind
I believe what's successful and what's not is due to the one's doing the program. We each excel in different areas, and maybe the 'Floor-time' Specialist at this other school has found a way to make it work for them and their students. Maybe it's more of what the Principal wants to see happen over other therapies.
There are many factors at play here.
I'd let them have the opportunity to try at the very least.
While I never had my son do floortime method with a "professional" I learned alot about it on my own, and did it with my son before I officially got his diagnosis. It's less structured than ABA..it's really about entering your child's world and building their imagination and play skills. I believe it definitely helped my son as far as broaden his imagination . We just ABA 3 months ago..I believe it is helping my son alot. So both are great just different styles
ABA is more efficient if applied by certified therapists consistently. floor time can help in addition, I find it great for play time at home. this is just my opinion.
ABA is compliance driven. Pick up a dog training book and you will learn good to do ABA. Floor time is child lead and your child gets to learn to lead. Depending on your childs personality and what you what from him will determines which one you choose.