Start Here: Introduction and Website Map
Every child can benefit from DIR/Floortime, not just autistic children or those with developmental concerns.
You’re here for the first time! You’re new to DIR/Floortime® and like what you see. You want to relate and communicate with your child in a respectful way. You want to see your child’s potential with an approach that promotes healthy development.
You’ve come to the right place! DIR/Floortime offers a warm and engaging way of relating and communicating with your child, is relationship-based, respectful, and puts your child at the front and centre of it, rather than his or her behaviour.
DIR/Floortime is focused on expansion of children’s behaviour rather than suppression
By interacting developmentally with your child (“D“), you can understand how to respect his/her individual differences (“I“) and developmental level through a warm, safe and nurturing relationship (“R“) so your child will have the opportunity to relate, think and communicate. You’ll move from concerns that almost all parents have to growing to appreciate your child for whom (s)he is and relish in the joy of facilitating your child’s development.
You’ll move away from here:
- “I just want him to say, “Mommy”/”Daddy.”
- “I don’t think he even cares if I am around.”
- “He can’t tell me if he is hungry, hurt, or mistreated at school”.
- “Why does he do that?” “Why is he spinning things?”
- “Will he get married?”
- “Who is going to take care of him when I am gone?”
You’ll arrive to acceptance, appreciation, and empowerment here:
- “I love relating and communicating with my child.”
- “I love connecting and sharing joy with my child every day.”
- “I understand and can show others how my child communicates”.
- “I feel empowered understanding my child’s sensory processing profile.”
- “I am excited to watch my child’s potential unfold.”
- “I am honoured to scaffold and facilitate my child’s development.”
We want to share our enthusiasm and everything we’ve learned with other families. You can do Floortime anytime, anywhere. You as parents and caregivers are the best bet for your child’s success! Instead of waiting on funding for sub-optimal services, or depending on costly “interventions” that boast modest gains or put the focus on the wrong thing, let’s do it ourselves! Let’s empower our children! We’ll show you how!
Here is your A-to-Z guide to learn how to relate and engage with your child using the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model and Floortime. You’ll be having fun together in no time! Just CLICK ON THE GREEN BUTTONS BELOW to get to each link. Happy viewing!
Introduction to DIR/Floortime
An overview and understanding of what DIR/Floortime is all about.
Hear creator of DIR/Floortime, the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan, and colleague Dr. Serena Wieder discuss the rationale behind the model, a bit of history, and a succinct description of important aspects of the model.
Jake Greenspan describes the Learning Tree model described in his father’s final book which expands on the DIR model.
Read about our experience with selecting an approach to help our autistic son grow and develop, and settling on DIR/Floortime.
Watch the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s coverage of the ground-breaking study at York University in Toronto that showed the changes in the brains of autistic children after receiving a year of DIR/Floortime.
Beginner’s Guide to DIR/Floortime
It’s all about Affect
The “D” in the DIR Model: Development
The “I” in the DIR Model: Individual Differences
The “R” in the DIR model: Relationship-based
Introduction to Floortime
Floortime as a Family Approach
DIR/Floortime as a comprehensive developmental approach
Foundation Academics: What is it?
The Joy in Communicating with Melanie Feller
Guide to Starting DIR/Floortime With Your Child
Implement a DIR/Floortime program for your child: Step 1 is the sensory processing profile
Implement a DIR/Floortime program for your child: Where is your child developmentally?
The nuts and bolts of the Floortime session
The interaction of the Floortime session with the “D”, the “I”, and the “R”
Co-regulation in Floortime: How to interact with a distressed child
Example of a Floortime session
What an ideal DIR/Floortime program looks like
Floortime for First-Timers: A Quickstart Guide
Five Great Floortime Books
Maude Le Roux’s new Functional Developmental Autism Assessment Protocol
Sensory Lifestyle with Virginia Spielmann
Autism and Medication with Dr. Joshua Feder
Being versus Doing with Jackie Bartell
How to Overcome Challenges in Floortime
Stumbling blocks in Floortime at FEDC 1: Helpful strategies for shared attention and regulation
Motor planning and sequencing challenges in children with developmental delays
The Building Blocks of Motor Planning with Maude LeRoux
Stumbling blocks in Floortime at FEDC 2: Helpful strategies for engagement and relating
Stumbling blocks in Floortime at FEDC 3: Helpful strategies for purposeful emotional interactions
Stumbling blocks in Floortime at FEDC 4: Helpful strategies for long chains of back-and-forth emotional signalling and shared problem-solving
Stumbling blocks in Floortime at FEDC 5: Helpful strategies for symbolic understanding and creating ideas
Stumbling blocks in Floortime at FEDC 6: Helpful strategies for building bridges between ideas
Barriers to Parents doing DIR/Floortime
Parents Living with Grief About Their Special Needs Child
It’s only as good as the implementation
Developmental growth spurts: What to expect
Floortime Techniques to Help You With Your Child
Podcast with Dr. Andrea Davis about her User’s Guide to the DIR® Model
Floortime Strategies from the User’s Guide to the DIR® Model
Slowing down and stretching out interactions
Using Self-Reflection as a Tool in Floortime
Floortime in the car!
Moving Up and Down the Developmental Ladder *PODCAST*
Scaffolding in Floortime: Supporting your Child While Encouraging Development
10 Floortime Tips From Our Visit with Jake Greenspan at The Floortime Center®
What does following the child’s lead really mean?
5 Games to Play with your Child in Floortime
This is 99% of Floortime
Inspiring relating, communicating, and thinking at different developmental levels
Repetition in autism therapy: A closer look
The Floortime Manual
Floortime all day, anywhere
Floortime Strategies to Promote Capacities 4 and 5
Can visual prompts about time promote understanding in Floortime?
The Little Scientist: Progression of cause-and-effect play
Floortime through Music Therapy
Floortime Strategies Follow-Up with Dr. Andrea Davis
Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy
The Role of Emotions and Respecting the Child in a Developmental Approach
Emotions (within safe relationships) are key to affecting autism
Respecting the Emotional Experience and Expressions of the Child
A Developmental Approach to Setting Limits
Setting appropriate limits and expectations by respecting where your child is at, developmentally
What is attunement in a developmental approach?
Play is the answer for healthy emotional development
Where is your focus?
Intention in a Developmental Approach
A developmental approach overview with Dr. Ira Glovinsky
How a caregiver’s regulation affects the child’s regulation
Avoiding the blame in Floortime
Early Social-Emotional Capacities with Dr. Ira Glovinsky
Schools Using the DIR Model
Soaring Eagle Academy: a unique Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based school
The Rebecca School: Relationships are the Foundation of Learning
Oakwood Academy: Canada’s only DIR school
The Community School: A DIR school for adolescents and young adults
Applying the DIR Model in a Public School
Thinking Goes to School
Process-oriented learning inspires relating, communicating, and thinking
Facilitating process-oriented learning with developmental level in mind: the just-right challenge
Introducing Shrub Oak International School
Early Literacy the Developmental Way
Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 2
Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 3
DIR/Floortime Addresses Patient-Centered Outcomes, Offers Parent Choice, and is Aligned with Disability Rights
Advocacy for Developmental Approach Therapies
DIR/Floortime: A Parent’s Perspective LIVE PRESENTATION