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

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Self-Regulation Starts With Us

Photo: Tim Goedhart Last time, Dr. Stuart Shanker shared that the missing piece in the DIR/Floortime randomized controlled trial study at York University was the mental health professional's work with the parents about their own stress. This...

Circles of communication in Floortime

Photo: Nathan Anderson More and more research is demonstrating what Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Stuart Shanker told us in The First Idea years ago: that we develop within emotional relationships with our primary caregivers. This development progresses as...

Can you ‘teach’ emotions?

In Floortime, we talk a lot about emotions: emotional awareness, early social-emotional capacities, using emotional expressions, accepting all emotional expressions in our children, etc. We even use it interchangeably with the noun affect, which the...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 3

Photo Copyright Affect Autism It's time for our third early literacy update! In January you read about how we've started working on literacy with our son, then we had an update in March. This 'report' is about the progress since then, using Reading Recovery as our...

Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy

Photo Copyright Affect Autism I often hear parents say that they have a hard time finding examples of how to do Floortime with an adolescent or young adult. We've provided a few references to Floortime with adolescents with the introduction of The Community School,...

Floortime Follow-up

Photo & Video Copyright Affect Autism A few months ago I spoke with Jake Greenspan about doing Floortime all day, anywhere. He gave me some suggestions to work on with my son in our play to promote my son's ability to come up with new ways to respond...

Avoiding the blame in Floortime

Photo: Jonathan Weiss This week I welcomed back developmental and clinical psychologist, Kathy Platzman from Floortime Atlanta, an expert on the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model. Not only is Dr. Platzman an Expert DIR...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 2

Photos Copyright Affect Autism Continuing with our spotlight on early literacy, we follow up from last month with our updates and next session with our early literacy expert. The last week of each month, we'll cover our progress teaching our son about reading and...

Introducing Shrub Oak International School

Photos Copyright Shrub Oak International School This week, psychologist Gil Tippy returns to introduce Shrub Oak International School which will open its doors this September. He is the co-head and clinical director at the co-educational, boarding and day school...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way

Photos & Videos Copyright Affect Autism Up until now our son has only had foundation academics. He does not yet read nor write. He has only recently begun to have an interest in holding a crayon/marker/pencil, uses a full fist grip, and scribbles, pressing very hard....

Celebrity Floortimer

Photo: CBC.ca Another news story this past week really captured my attention because it resonates with everything that Floortime and Self-Regulation are about. During a Celine Dion performance in Las Vegas, a fan jumped on stage, rubbed against her, and didn't want to...

What’s coming in 2018…

Happy New Year! We have some new things coming down the shoot in 2018! Here's a quick snapshot of what to look for this year at Affect Autism. Reading Recovery Reading Recovery is a one-on-one, individualized, developmental approach to reading, typically for first...

Floortime all day, anywhere

Photo Copyright Affect Autism This week Jake Greenspan of The Floortime Center joins Affect Autism for a podcast about making Floortime a part of your everyday life with your child to promote relating, communicating, and thinking. Jake is the son of the late Dr....

The Floortime Manual

Jake Greenspan, son of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, who created the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model, has devoted his career to his father's legacy. He is based at The Floortime Center in Bethesda, MD and has recently published a manual...

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

Photos Copyright Oakwood Academy 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...

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...