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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 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...

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...

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...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 3

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 3

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 model, a developmental approach...

Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy: Part 1

Floortime is about Connection and Shared Joy: Part 1

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 Community Program, here with Dr....

Floortime Feedback

Floortime Feedback

A few months ago we reviewed a Floortime video with psychologist Dr. Andrea Davis of the Greenhouse Therapy Center in Pasadena, California, and co-author of her User’s Guide to the DIR Model. She gave me some suggestions to try going forward. Today we will review my...

The Joy in Communicating

The Joy in Communicating

Photo: Caleb WoodsThis week developmentally-based Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), and DIR Expert Training Leader, Melanie Feller of Alphabet Soup Speech Consultants talks about...

Floortime Follow-up

Floortime Follow-up

A few months ago I spoke with Jake Greenspan about doing Floortime all day, anywhere. He gave me some suggestions to work on with my son in our play to promote my son's ability to come up...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 2

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 2

Continuing with our spotlight on early literacy, we follow up from last month with our updates and next session with our early literacy expert. The last week of each month, we'll cover our progress teaching our son about reading and writing using Reading Recovery as...

Promoting Capacities 4 and 5 with Floortime

Promoting Capacities 4 and 5 with Floortime

This week, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Andrea Davis of the Greenhouse Therapy Center in Pasadena, California, and co-author of her User's Guide to the DIR Model returns to review a Floortime session I did with my son back in November. There's about 18 months between...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 1

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 1

Up until now our son has only had foundation academics. He does not yet read nor write. He has only recently begun to have an interest in holding a crayon/marker/pencil, uses a full fist grip, and scribbles, pressing very hard. If corrected, he will maintain the grip...

Celebrity Floortimer

Celebrity Floortimer

Photo Copyright CBC.ca Another news story this past week really captured my attention because it resonates with everything that Floortime and Co-regulation are about. During a Celine Dion performance in Las Vegas, a fan jumped on stage, rubbed against her, and didn't...

Floortime all day, anywhere

Floortime all day, anywhere

This week Jake Greenspan of The Floortime Center joins Affect Autism for a podcast about making Floortime a part of your everyday life with your child to promote relating, communicating, and thinking. Jake is the son of the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan, who created the...

The Floortime Manual

The Floortime Manual

Jake Greenspan, son of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, who created the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model, has devoted his career to his father's legacy. He is based at The Floortime Center in Bethesda, MD and has recently published a manual...

Thinking Goes to School

Thinking Goes to School

The last five blog posts have focused on schools applying the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model with their students. DIR/Floortime aims to target autism's core deficits of relating, communicating, and thinking.For the past two years...

Applying the DIR Model in a Public School

Applying the DIR Model in a Public School

Our back-to-school series continues with a podcast featuring Jackie Bartell, a retired Special Educator in the public school system in Rochester, New York, and DIR Expert Training Leader with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). We discuss...

Oakwood Academy: Canada’s only DIR school

Oakwood Academy: Canada’s only DIR school

Continuing with our series on schools using the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model, let's look at Oakwood Academy in Mississauga, Ontario. It's the only DIR-based school in Canada and features the opportunity for its students to...

This is 99% of Floortime

This is 99% of Floortime

Photo Copyright CBC.ca Plastered through the news this past weekend was the story of a barber in Quebec who was called "an everyday hero" by the mother of a young, autistic client. This week, we take a hiatus from the back-to-school series of posts to bring you this...

Developmental growth spurts: What to expect

Developmental growth spurts: What to expect

The last batch of posts have discussed development and the developmental approach. We've covered how development happens spontaneously and cannot be taught and how when the right conditions are in place, development happens. But what does 'development happens' look...

A Developmental Approach Overview

A Developmental Approach Overview

This week we'll try to solidify the content of the last couple of months with an overview of the Developmental Approach to autism spectrum disorders. We discuss the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model with our guest, Dr. Ira...