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Covid-19 DIR/Floortime Resources

Covid-19 DIR/Floortime Resources

Here are a number of helpful developmental approach resources I've found for families during our stay-at-home period, in addition to our Resources page: FREE Dr. Gil Tippy's For on the Floor short videos for those wanting to do Floortime at home Affect Autism online...

Floortime and the Coronavirus

Floortime and the Coronavirus

While everyone is hunkering down and practicing social distancing, let's focus on what we know about Floortime: Floortime is about shared joy Floortime is about staying in the moment Floortime is about connection Floortime respects all emotional expression Floortime...

Anti-Bullying Day

Anti-Bullying Day

unsplash-logoPhoto: Riccardo MionToday children are wearing pink at school to denote Anti-Bullying day. I posted a couple of videos with some extra thoughts about what to focus on today, and how the DIR Model can guide how we approach this complicated topic.

Floortime Therapy at ICDL

Floortime Therapy at ICDL

Photo Copyright Affect AutismICDL's CEO, Jeff Guenzel joins us this week to introduce their new Floortime Therapy Center in Livingston, NJ. Jeff is a Licensed Professional Counsellor and joined the not-for-profit Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning...

Promoting Parent Choice

Promoting Parent Choice

This week developmentally-based Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), and DIR Expert Training Leader, Melanie Feller returns to discuss the importance of parent choice in therapeutic approaches for children with developmental differences. She is the founder of...

The P.L.A.Y. Project

The P.L.A.Y. Project

Photo Copyright The P.L.A.Y. Project Joining us this week is developmental, behavioural pediatrician Dr. Rick Solomon who is the medical director and founder of the PLAY Project, which is derived from the Developmental, Individual differences,...

What is scripting all about?

What is scripting all about?

Photo: Annie Spratt Joining us this week is Jehan Shehata-Aboubakr, a speech and language pathologist at Clinical Communication Consultants in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto) where she practices with a functional pragmatic and DIR/Floortime...

And then comes puberty…

And then comes puberty…

Photo: Allen Taylor Following up from last week's podcast about supporting the development of self-regulation, this week's podcast takes it a few steps further into adolescence where we have a slew of new developmental processes to support, especially when our...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 4

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 4

Photo Copyright Affect Autism It’s been awhile since our last early literacy update! In January you read about how we’ve started working on literacy with our son followed by updates in March and again in May. We are using Reading Recovery as our model....

Self-Regulation Starts With Us

Self-Regulation Starts With Us

Photo: Tim Goedhart Last time, Dr. Stuart Shanker shared that the missing piece in the DIR/Floortime randomized controlled trial study at York University was the mental health professional's work with the parents about their own stress. This...

Dhamma and DIR with Dr. Joshua Feder

Dhamma and DIR with Dr. Joshua Feder

Photo Copyright Dr. Joshua Feder This week, child and family psychiatrist, Dr. Joshua Feder, who is also an Expert DIR Training Leader, returns to share some insights about how Floortime fits in with Buddhist philosophy. This is material that was presented at the ICDL...

Growth and Gaming with Mike Fields

Growth and Gaming with Mike Fields

Photo Copyright L. Mike Fields I am delighted this week to share with you a wonderful interview with Atlanta Licensed Professional Counsellor and DIR Expert Training Leader, L. Mike Fields about Gaming and Floortime! I heard about him through Dave Nelson at Threshold...

Circles of communication in Floortime

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?

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

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 3

Photo Copyright Affect Autism 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...

Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy

Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy

Photo Copyright Affect Autism 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 including the introduction of the Threshold...