What is Floortime?
Social-emotional interaction and shared experiences are the building blocks of all early learning. It is through their early relationships and through play that children learn about the world and how to negotiate it. Floortime is play, but it’s much more than that. It uses child-focused techniques and strategies to elicit interaction, shared attention and purposeful two-way communication. Floortime targets directly the main challenges faced by children with autism and other developmental disorders – challenges in communicating and relating.
At Ark we operate a ‘Total Communication’ policy. We have a multinational staff and in addition to spoken Dutch and English we use a range of augmentative communication systems including pictograms, signing, visual timetables and electronic communicators. Ark encourages children to be problem-solvers and independent thinkers.