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Supporting Parents in DIR/Floortime

Supporting Parents in DIR/Floortime

This week Eunice Lee joins us. She is a Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert and Training Leader and a social worker in Toronto, Canada. She's been learning about DIR since 2006. Eunice was my family's very first DIR coach eight years...

Attention and Executive Function

Attention and Executive Function

Occupational therapist Maude Le Roux returns this week to discuss attention and executive function. She operates A Total Approach, a multi-disciplinary clinic that uses a Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) framework. While preparing for...

The Realization Phase

The Realization Phase

Photo by AbsolutVision on UnsplashAdvanced DIR/Floortime practitioner Stephanie Peters joins us today to discuss the phase that those new to Floortime go through, especially when coming from other approaches to autism supports. Stephanie is an occupational therapist...

Meaning Making

Meaning Making

Colette Ryan joins us this week to discuss meaning making. She is a Expert Training Leader in the Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Model with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL), the Parent Support Specialist...

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...

Affect Autism’s Daria Brown

Affect Autism’s Daria Brown

DIR Expert Training Leader and mental health professional, Gene Christian returns to interview Daria Brown, the person behind Affect Autism. She has a Masters degree in Personality Psychology, holds an advanced provider certificate in DIR/Floortime from the...

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.

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...

A Closer Look at Impulsivity

A Closer Look at Impulsivity

Photo: Istiaque EmonMaude Le Roux returns this week to discuss Impulsivity and all of the factors to consider when addressing impulsive behaviour. Maude is an occupational therapist who runs A Total Approach in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. She is also a DIR Expert...

From Ambiguous Loss to Acceptance

From Ambiguous Loss to Acceptance

Photo Credit: ShutterstockClinical psychologist, author, and parent, Dr. Robert Naseef joins us from Philadelphia. He has run countless workshops with fellow fathers, has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia with families with children and adults with autism...

Uniquely Human

Uniquely Human

Photo Copyright Providence Journal Speech and language pathologist, Brown University faculty member, and Director of Childhood Communication Services (CCS), Dr. Barry Prizant joins us this week to discuss the Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional...

Fostering independence

Fostering independence

DIR Expert Jackie Bartell returns this week to discuss how to provide expectations for children with developmental differences in order to foster independence and developmental progress in the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model. I...