This week’s VIDEO presents highlights from the full BLOG post, Podcast with Dr. Andrea Davis about her User’s Guide to the DIR® Model where you can find the Key Take-Aways PDF. At the start of the full BLOG post, please review the videos supplementing last week’s blog on creating ideas where Jake Greenspan offers, “…by enhancing a child’s creativity, you increase their flexibility.” and Dr. Stanley Greenspan reminds us that “perceptions get freed from their actions through co-regulated affect signalling, take on emotional meaning, and become the first ideas”. To view the VIDEO or full BLOG post, please click on the respective green button above.

Podcast with Dr. Andrea Davis about her User's Guide to the DIR® Model

As mentioned in this week’s VIDEO, we’re sharing another example of a Floortime session this week. In the second video below, you will see our son enjoying water balloon play with his Dad. Using strategies from the book by Dr. Davis and colleagues, Dad’s goal is to work through the core capacities up to and including Capacity 4 where he can get long chains of back-and-forth interactions and social problem-solving with our son.

You may have noticed that not only were there comments in the video example, but also yellow asterisks * at various parts in the video. In the next few weeks, we will review the blog post on Self-Reflection as a strategy in Floortime. It will review the video above for what went well and why, what Dad can do to facilitate more robust interactions in future Floortime sessions, and other thoughts and noted reflections. Do stay tuned!

Was this week’s Floortime example video and review of the User’s Guide to the DIR® Model helpful to you? Does it give you a better understand of how to implement Floortime with your child? If so, please share this post by clicking on the Facebook or Twitter buttons below. Do you have an example of how any of these strategies have worked for you or do you have other strategies? If so, please share them with us below in the Comments section.

Next week, we’ll wrap up our Stumbling blocks… video blog series with the sixth functional emotional developmental capacity: Helpful strategies for building bridges between ideas.

Until next week… here’s to affecting autism!

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