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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

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 model, a developmental approach...

Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy

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, Shrub Oak International School...

Floortime through Music Therapy

Music therapy is today's topic with John Carpente, PhD, who is an Expert DIR Training Leader, an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Molloy College, founder and executive director of the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy, and founding clinical director of the...

The Joy in Communicating with Melanie Feller

This week developmentally-based Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), and DIR Expert Training Leader, Melanie Feller of Alphabet Soup Speech Consultants talks about providing speech and language therapy for verbal and non-verbal children and working with parents and...

Floortime Follow-up

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 rather than getting stuck in scripting....

Avoiding the blame in Floortime

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 Training Leader, but...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 2

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 writing using Reading Recovery as...

Introducing 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 located in the town of Shrub Oak in Westchester...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way

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. If corrected, he will maintain the grip...

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...