Developmental Capacities for Learning Blog

Everything you need to know to implement and practice DIR/Floortime on your own

Thinking Goes to School

The last five blog posts have focused on schools applying the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model with their students. DIR/Floortime aims to target autism's core deficits of relating, communicating, and thinking. For the...

Applying the DIR Model in a Public School

Our back-to-school series continues with a podcast featuring Jackie Bartell, a retired Special Educator in the public school system in Rochester, New York, and DIR Expert Training Leader with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). We discuss...

Oakwood Academy: Canada’s only DIR school

Continuing with our series on schools using the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model, let's look at Oakwood Academy in Mississauga, Ontario. It's the only DIR-based school in Canada and features the opportunity for its students to...

This is 99% of Floortime

Plastered through the news this past weekend was the story of a barber in Quebec who was called "an everyday hero" by the mother of a young, autistic client. This week, we take a hiatus from the back-to-school series of posts to bring you this heartwarming story....

Foundation Academics: What is it?

Justin Young With back to school season in full swing, what better time to discuss Foundation Academics! This week we speak with Dr. Gil Tippy, clinical director of the Rebecca School in Manhattan about the foundational capacities required before "traditional"...

Developmental growth spurts: What to expect

The last batch of posts have discussed development and the developmental approach. We've covered how development happens spontaneously and cannot be taught and how when the right conditions are in place, development happens. But what does "development happens" look...

It’s only as good as the implementation

This post covers an important and essential piece of a developmental approach: it's only as good as its implementation. This can be said for many things in life: diets, educational interventions, training goals, travel plans, etc., but in a developmental approach...

Intention in a Developmental Approach

pan xiaozhen The last few posts have really covered an introduction to the Developmental Approach and Floortime. You had the blog about the importance of play, the Quickstart guide, 5 games to play in Floortime, 5 great Floortime books (plus a few bonuses), and the...

Where is your focus?

What is the main difference between developmental approaches such as DIR/Floortime and behavioural interventions? I would say it's where you put your focus as a caregiver or practitioner. We put the focus on a child's development, rather than on his/her behaviour. We...

Five Great Floortime Books

Parents new to Floortime sometimes want reference books to learn from. This week I present to you five books that are going to give anyone a solid understanding and appreciation for the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR®) model and what...

5 Games to Play with your Child in Floortime

Floortime is about having fun with your child in play. It's not about the fun, but about having fun together. It's shared joy that will pull your child into a shared world. When you are sharing joy together in play, you can get very rich, emotional interactions with...

Floortime for First-Timers: A Quickstart Guide

You are new to Floortime and want to know how to start. What is it? What do I do with my child? Here's a 10-step overview to get you started and on your way to having fun with your child in order to help his or her development. 1. Floortime is about connecting with...

Play is the answer for healthy emotional development

Play is the cornerstone of Floortime. It is through play that parents and children can share joy. But play is also essential to healthy emotional development because it is through play that we can experiment with and work through our emotions. Play is therapeutic for...