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Floortime through Music Therapy

Floortime through Music Therapy

Photos Copyright The Rebecca Center Music therapy is today's topic with John Carpente, PhD, who is an Expert DIR Training Leader, an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Molloy College, founder and executive director of the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy, and...

The Joy in Communicating with Melanie Feller

The Joy in Communicating with Melanie Feller

Photo: Caleb Woods This week developmentally-based Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), and DIR Expert Training Leader, Melanie Feller of Alphabet Soup Speech Consultants talks about providing speech and language therapy for verbal and non-verbal children and...

Floortime Follow-up

Floortime Follow-up

Photo & Video Copyright Affect Autism 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 with new ways to respond...

Avoiding the blame in Floortime

Avoiding the blame in Floortime

Photo: Jonathan Weiss This week I welcomed back developmental and clinical psychologist, Kathy Platzman from Floortime Atlanta, an expert on the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model. Not only is Dr. Platzman an Expert DIR...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 2

Early Literacy the Developmental Way: Part 2

Photos Copyright Affect Autism 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...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way

Early Literacy the Developmental Way

Photos & Videos Copyright Affect Autism 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...

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 Self-Regulation are about. During a Celine Dion performance in Las Vegas, a fan jumped on stage, rubbed against her, and...

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...

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

Photos Copyright Oakwood Academy 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...

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

Photo Copyright Affect Autism 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...

It’s only as good as the implementation

It’s only as good as the implementation

This post covers an important and essential piece of a developmental approach: it's only as good as its implementation. This can be said for many things in life: diets, educational interventions, training goals, travel plans, etc., but in a developmental approach...

Intention in a Developmental Approach

Intention in a Developmental Approach

pan xiaozhen The last few posts have really covered an introduction to the Developmental Approach and Floortime. You had the blog about the importance of play, the Quickstart guide, 5 games to play in Floortime, 5 great Floortime books (plus a few...

Where is your focus?

Where is your focus?

What is the main difference between developmental approaches such as DIR/Floortime and behavioural interventions? I would say it's where you put your focus as a caregiver or practitioner. We put the focus on a child's development, rather than on his/her...

Five Great Floortime Books

Five Great Floortime Books

Parents new to Floortime sometimes want reference books to learn from. This week I present to you five books that are going to give anyone a solid understanding and appreciation for the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR®) model and what...

5 Games to Play with your Child in Floortime

5 Games to Play with your Child in Floortime

Photo Copyright Affect Autism Floortime is not just about having fun with your child in play, it's about having fun together. It's the shared joy that will pull your child into a shared world. When you are sharing joy together in play, you can get very rich, emotional...

Floortime for First-Timers: A Quickstart Guide

Floortime for First-Timers: A Quickstart Guide

Photo Copyright Affect Autism You are new to Floortime and want to know how to start. What is it? What do I do with my child? Here's a 10-step overview to get you started and on your way to having fun with your child in order to help his or her development. 1....

Video blog: Floortime in the car!

Video blog: Floortime in the car!

Photo Copyright Affect Autism This week’s VIDEO presents a new example of Floortime in the car with a link to the BLOG from last year's post, Floortime in the car! The purpose of the VIDEO blog series is to review the key concepts of DIR/Floortime in a more digestible...