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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...

Video blog: Floortime in the car!

    This week’s VIDEO presents a new example of Floortime in the car with a link to the BLOG from last year's post, Floortime in the car! The purpose of the VIDEO blog series is to review the key concepts of DIR/Floortime® in a more digestible format for parents and...

Video blog: A Developmental Approach to Setting Limits

This week’s VIDEO presents highlights from the full BLOG post, A Developmental Approach to Setting Limits. The purpose of the VIDEO blog series is to review the key concepts of DIR/Floortime® in a more digestible format for parents and those new to the DIR® model. To...

Learning to Swim in a Random Sea

This past December marked the 5th anniversary of our son's discharge from over three months of hospitalization. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation hospital's blog for Special Needs parents featured my latest piece about our experience. You can see them all...

Video blog: Example of a Floortime session

This week’s post is a little different than usual. When you are learning about DIR/Floortime®, it is a process that takes time and practice. Above you will find a link to the full BLOG post from last year entitled, Example of a Floortime session that includes a VIDEO...

What does following the child’s lead really mean?

See VIDEO BLOG created on May 9, 2017 In DIR/Floortime® we "follow the child's lead". This statement has been one of the most misunderstood aspects of the practice. It does not mean that we just follow whatever the child is doing. We talked about this a little bit...

Advocacy for Developmental Approach Therapies

There is a new advocacy organization to promote developmental approach therapies for autism in Ontario, Canada! The Autism Developmental Approach Therapies Association, or Autism DATA is a group of parents and professional practitioners in Canada who use a...

Video blog: Floortime as a Family Approach

This week’s VIDEO presents highlights from the full BLOG post, Floortime as a Family Approach. The purpose of the video blog series is to review the key concepts of DIR/Floortime in a more digestible format for parents and those new to the DIR model. To view the VIDEO...

Video blog: Introduction to Floortime

This week’s VIDEO presents highlights from the full BLOG post, Introduction to Floortime. The purpose of the video blog series is to review the key concepts of DIR/Floortime in a more digestible format for parents and those new to the Developmental, Individual...

Video blog: It’s all about Affect

Welcome to the first video blog at Affect Autism!  Welcome to the start of the video blog series to review the key concepts of DIR/Floortime. The purpose of the video blog series is to make the material presented in the blog over the first year more...

What is attunement in a developmental approach?

See VIDEO BLOG created on April 25, 2017 What is Attunement? Attunement, or emotional connectedness, is an essential component of any relationship, and as such, is probably the most essential part of Floortime™. Attunement is being "in tune" with your child's...

New at Affect Autism: Free Downloads and Video Blogs

The Developmental Capacities for Learning Blog at Affect Autism is meant to empower caregivers and practitioners with theory, tips, and tools on how to implement a developmental program called DIR/Floortime for children of all ages with developmental challenges....

Moving Up and Down the Developmental Ladder

See VIDEO BLOG posted on April 18 2017 We ended our last blog post talking about how even a child or adult who is higher on the developmental ladder can still retreat to lower levels, just as we do as adults when flustered in heavy traffic, for instance. This week we...

Barriers to Parents doing DIR/Floortime

Parents can find it challenging to implement DIR/Floortime with their child. Today we will look at why this is the case by exploring the barriers that exist for parents. A huge thank you goes out to local Occupational Therapist, Ellen Yack, for the conversation that...

Floortime in the car!

See VIDEO BLOG created on April 4, 2017 In honour of the May long weekends in North America, what better topic to discuss than travel? During our travels to see model train layouts with our son, I had the opportunity to practice some Floortime in the car! Dr. Stanley...

Using Self-Reflection as a Tool in Floortime

See VIDEO BLOG created on February 21, 2017 * SCROLL DOWN for Floortime video, 3-part podcast with Dr. Davis, and Worksheets * The last few blogs have covered how we can stay attuned to our children by accepting and respecting their emotional experiences. Another very...