The best descriptions of the DIR/Floortime® intervention come from the founder of the model, Dr. Stanley Greenspan as seen in the video shown here. We are parents who searched everywhere for the best intervention for our own child.
DIR/Floortime® provides a clear set of functional emotional developmental capacities that all children progress through as they develop. We need to see where our child is at in order to begin to help bring out the best.
But every child is born with different nervous systems that process information coming in through the senses in unique ways. Until you address the individual profile of your child, you will be unable to determine the best way to help your child.
Once we see the child’s individual challenges, we can tailor our relationship with that child in order to foster interactions that are pleasing to the child.
Floortime is a play-based practice in which you play with your child for numerous 20-minute intervals in a day—even around everyday activities such as during meals or running errands. It is a way of interacting with your child in order to help him/her move up the developmental ladder.
By following what interests our children, we harness their positive affect to engage them, interact with them, problem-solve with them, help them form symbolic meaning, and form logical bridges between ideas.
Only once these capacities are reached can the child truly be ready to learn academics without great challenges.
Please follow this link to a much better description of DIR/Floortime® from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning.
Please also see Circle Stretch which is a great resource for information about DIR/Floortime®.