Spectacular Bond is a new program that eases the symptoms of autism by training parents to interact with their child differently. The program was created by two doctors from Columbia University , Dr. Marion Blank and Dr. Suzanne Goh, and Susan Deland, a parent of a child with autism.
The program is outlined in their book “Spectacular Bond: Reaching the Child With Autism“. It offers a detailed step-by-step plan that guides parents through the process of reframing the parent-child relationship. This relationship is usually on auto-pilot, but when a child has autism, this relationship becomes compromised, through no fault of either the parents or child. Spectacular Bond helps parents become conscious of the subtle and typically hidden aspects of the parent-child relationship, and gives them the tools to confidently handle the range of challenging behaviors autism can bring. The book also covers the neurological and psychological foundations of autism and a scientific rationale for why and how the behaviors can be changed.
Parents who have tried the program report more meaningful social interaction, fewer meltdowns, greater capacity for self-control, and longer attention span. In some cases, these results came quickly, over a few weeks.
The authors claim that Spectacular Bond is the only autism behavior program that combines the latest research in neuroscience, linguistics, and psychology. Spectacular Bond is different from other approaches in several ways. It trains parents to be their child’s therapist, empowering them and reducing the family’s reliance on outside professionals. It also requires far less times than other popular interventions, which can require up to thirty hours of intensive therapy per week. The reduced need for outside professionals and intensive hours makes Spectacular Bond a highly cost-effective therapy.
Dr. Marion Blank says:
“Most parents of children with autism cannot imagine their child being calm, cooperative, and interested in interacting. They are used to seeing tantrums, to witnessing withdrawals, to observing intense repetitive behaviors that claim the child’s full attention – they cannot envision an alternative existence. My message for parents is simple: this does not have to be. A totally different reality is possible once you’ve been given the right tools,”
Susan Deland is a parent who successfully used the program for her daughter, Diane. She says:
“When Diane was first diagnosed nearly ten years ago, I received many pessimistic warnings from professionals. But I believed that with the right environment, Diane had the potential for a bright and independent future. Dr. Blank both shared that belief, and offered us a clear plan of action for getting Diane there. Equally important, the program recognizes the realities of family life and works within it so that all members of the family can flourish,”
Other programs, such as Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) and DIR/Floortime have also used a parent-led, developmental approach to easing the symptoms of autism.
For more information about Spectacular Bond, visit their website at www.spectacularbond.com. The book is available at Amazon and other major book retailers.