Case Study: Over a 300% Increase in Pre-Verbal Communication

Does your child struggle with communicating? 

At The Floortime Center, we specialize in helping your child develop the necessary skills to be successful in life, including communication.

We recently conducted a case study to track the progress of one of our patients. We hope the results will inspire and bring hope to parents who are struggling to see improvements within their children. You may be thinking “I don’t have much time to dedicate to an intensive program” or “I want to access your services but I am out of state”. We hope this will address some of your hesitations and give you information to make the best decision for you and your child.

Our patient was a 22-month-old boy, who lived out of state. He is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and was nonverbal when he came in to see us. He could make a few sounds and word approximations but it was very disconnected. At The Floortime Center, we create treatment plans based on the patient’s individual profile, not their diagnosis. We created a treatment plan for the duration of two weeks since the family had traveled in from out of state. During these two weeks, we would work with the child five days a week for three hours a day. The types of therapy the child received were: Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Pure Floortime Therapy, Parent Coaching, and Visual Cognitive Therapy. 

To measure the progress, we used a pragmatic communication assessment called the “Language Use Inventory” that can assess language development for children. When the patient first came in, he scored in the 15th percentile for pre-verbal communication. After two weeks, he scored in the 64th percentile. This is over a 300% increase. 

We were able to see improvements in gestural communication such as increased smiling and looks. He was able to use his hands to push, pull, point, and shake. He used his body to problem solve and when one thing wouldn’t work, he would try another. He even said “Da-Da” for the first time in a purposeful manner. We also followed up with the parents after some time back home and they said their child continued to make progress once they were home. 

We love getting to see the progress our patients make and how even just two weeks can make such a difference in the child’s life, and for the whole family. If you have thought about working with a professional to help your child overcome some of the challenges they face, now is the time. Taking that step can make such a difference for your child’s developmental skills and give you the knowledge and tools to help them further progress at home. 

If you have any questions contact us at or call 301-657-1130.