Mifne’s unique approach works because of four vital components:

Capitalizes on the positive impact of early treatment on brain development

The Mifne method incorporates early screening, detection and intervention for babies under 24 months of age who express early signs of autism. Given the neural plasticity of the brain during the first 2 years of life, early identification and subsequent intervention for these very young children is most desirable.

Focuses on both the child and family

The Mifne method works on promoting a healthy attachment relationship between parent and baby. When an infant displays signs of autism, the healthy reciprocal interactions between parent and baby are commonly disrupted, thus affecting the attachment bond.   Research indicates that a healthy attachment relationship between parent and infant is essential to healthy brain development.

Provides intensive and comprehensive services

Mifne’s initial phase consists of 21 consecutive days of intense intervention for both the infant and family. Central to the work with the infant is reciprocal play therapy while the parents and their other children receive family therapy. Families stay at the Mifne center for three weeks and are introduced to the play therapy methods, coached on how to read and relate to their child, and offered other services such as hydrotherapy and nutritional guidance.

Offers ongoing monitoring and support

After those first intense weeks, the family returns home.  A Mifne therapist supports the transition to everyday life.  This ongoing support continues in the home and with the child’s caregivers. The Mifne approach provides a comprehensive, supportive foundation for the infant and family from which to further thrive and develop and supports them throughout this journey.