For 30 years, the Mifne Clinic in northern Israel has been treating ever younger toddlers (currently up to the age of 2) with the Reciprocal Play Therapy which they have devised and evolved.
At its core, this is about engaging the child in communicative activities, by first providing a safe environment for them and then evoking their natural and innate sense of trust and of wanting to be part of the world around them, at an age before they properly detach from it.
It is about giving the child a very real sense that everything is okay, that they can manage, that nothing terrible is going to happen, even if things seem to be going wrong; and thereby alleviating the deep anxiety that is at the heart of why autistic children do tend to separate themselves from their surroundings.
It is a parent/family/carer-led approach, and depends on a suitable physical and (more importantly) emotional environment being created around the child in their home. The 3 week-intensive clinic treatment (for one family at a time) is an immersive start to this programme in which the whole family is coached to be able to create this environment.
This is the treatment that we will be offering at our own UK-based Transforming Austism Mifne Clinic, and it will be closely supervised by the clinic in Israel.