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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...

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...

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...

Floortime Review

Floortime Review

Clinical psychologist, Andrea Davis, returns this week to review a Floortime session of me playing bowling with my son. Dr. Davis is the founder and director of the Greenhouse Therapy Center in Pasadena, California (not "Greenwood" as I accidentally said in the...

The P.L.A.Y. Project

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, Relationship-based (DIR) model. He discusses what the PLAY...

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 approach. She is...

Focusing on Regulation

Focusing on Regulation

Photo: Annie Spratt Clinical psychologist and DIR Expert Training Leader, Ira Glovinsky returns this week to discuss factors affecting self-regulation, the development of it, and a number of things we can do about it. This follows our discussion from last time on The...

Remediation versus Accommodation

Remediation versus Accommodation

Occupational therapist, DIR Expert Training Leader, owner of A Total Approach in Glen Mills, PA and the new Maude Le Roux Academy, Maude returns this week to discuss a topic that is important to consider when planning an approach to support the person you care about:...

Dirty Hands Developmental Alliance

Dirty Hands Developmental Alliance

DIR Expert Training Leader, Clinical Psychologist, and co-author of Respecting Autism, Dr. Gil Tippy, returns this week to introduce his latest project, a developmental transition service called Dirty Hands Developmental Alliance in Sonoma County, California which is...

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...

The Foundation for Regulation

The Foundation for Regulation

DIR Expert Training Leader, psychologist Ira Glovinsky joins us again this week to discuss his new Early Child Development video series. He has a background in psychology and special education and runs The Glovinsky Center for the Child and Family in West Bloomfield,...

The new Connection Coder app

The new Connection Coder app

Photo credit: Symplay Dr. Josh Feder from sunny Solana Beach, California, where he is a father of a grown autistic son, a compassionate child and family psychiatrist using the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model and an Expert DIR...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 4

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 4

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. It's a developmental approach that focuses on...

Floortime Tips for Behavioural Challenges at Home

Floortime Tips for Behavioural Challenges at Home

Photo: Sydney Rae Behavioural challenges can pop up from time to time in our children and this is to be expected. But sometimes, even when we read behaviour as communication, are aware of our child’s unique sensory processing profile, are attuned to our child, follow...

Floortime Tips for Behavioural Challenges at School

Floortime Tips for Behavioural Challenges at School

Photo: Austin Pacheco Behavioural challenges can pop up from time to time in our children and this is to be expected. But sometimes, even when we read behaviour as communication, are aware of our child's unique sensory processing profile, are attuned to our child,...

Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy: Part 2

Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy: Part 2

This week we have another great Floortime example with the young adult and his father whom we featured a few months ago. If you recall, Dad has been receiving parent coaching in the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model. He continues...

Theory of Mind

Theory of Mind

Photo: Jonathan Daniels Maude Le Roux returns this week to discuss Theory of Mind: what it is, why it's important, and how to foster its development in our children with developmental differences. Maude is an occupational therapist who runs a DIR clinic called A Total...

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 week, that mental health...

Self-Reg and DIR/Floortime

Self-Reg and DIR/Floortime

Today Dr. Stuart Shanker speaks with us about how Self-Reg came about. Self-regulation is the first functional emotional developmental capacity in DIR/Floortime, and Dr. Shanker was the lead researcher on the DIR/Floortime brain research study. Dr. Shanker is the...

Dhamma and D.I.R.

Dhamma and D.I.R.

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 Interdisciplinary Council on...

Growth and Gaming

Growth and Gaming

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 Community Program. Like Dave,...

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 a result of...

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 dictionary equates...