I am reminded why I chose a developmental relationship, remediation approach as an autism intervention.
My mind can't help but leap to the way Dr Gutstein uses the terms, "guide" and "apprentice"; to the Barbara Rogoff's term, "guided participation" and her book title, "Apprenticeship in Thinking"; and to the way Dr Becky Bailey told us during a presentation that in parenting, our job is to lend our brains to our children.
Here's another quote from Dr. Brady's blog post which explains another reason behind the "why bother" of a developmental approach to remediating autism.
Finally, a skilled mentor encourages stretching. After all, the 10,000 hours that K. Anders Erickson determined it takes to become an expert in any field doesn’t show up from simply doing the same easy things over and over. No. Expertise comes about from growing new neurons and connections that result from addressing and resolving conflicts, and receiving skilled instruction and unfailing support that shows us how to improve those areas where we perform poorly.