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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...

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...

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?

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 awhile back, but today we will explore...

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....