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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...

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...

Being versus Doing

Being versus Doing

Photo: Bruno Nascimento Jackie Bartell is back with us this week for a fantastic discussion about a concept so essential to the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model and Floortime, and that is that we are human beings not human doings....

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 Strategies Follow-Up

Floortime Strategies Follow-Up

A few months ago we reviewed a Floortime video with psychologist Andrea Davis of the Greenhouse Therapy Center in Pasadena, California, and co-author of Floortime Strategies for Promoting Development in Children and Teens: A User’s Guide to the DIR Model. She gave me...

Early Social-Emotional Capacities

Early Social-Emotional Capacities

Photo: Justin Peterson Today we are discussing one of the biggest challenges for many caregivers who choose DIR/Floortime for their children with developmental differences. Returning guest, DIR Expert Training Leader, psychologist Ira Glovinsky has a background in...

Autism and Medication

Autism and Medication

Last December, we spoke with Dr. Joshua Feder about repetition in autism therapy. He returns today to speak with us from his practice in Solana Beach, California about autism and medication. Is medication the missing piece for some of his patients? How does he know...

Floortime through Music Therapy

Floortime through Music Therapy

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 founding clinical director of the...

The Joy in Communicating

The Joy in Communicating

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

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 rather than getting stuck in scripting. Today we'll...

Sensory Lifestyle

Sensory Lifestyle

Virginia Spielmann joins us this week for the first time to discuss a Sensory Lifestyle. Virginia is a Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert Training Leader, a clinical consultant for the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and...

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 Training...

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...

Early Literacy the Developmental Way

Early Literacy the Developmental Way

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...

Foundation Academics: What is it?

Foundation Academics: What is it?

Justin Young With back to school season in full swing, what better time to discuss Foundation Academics! This week we speak with Dr. Gil Tippy, clinical director of the Rebecca School in Manhattan about the foundational capacities required before 'traditional'...

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...

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 bonuses), and the...

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 behaviour. We...

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

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 interactions with each other,...

Floortime for First-Timers: A Quickstart Guide

Floortime for First-Timers: A Quickstart Guide

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. Floortime is about connecting with...

Play is the answer for healthy emotional development

Play is the answer for healthy emotional development

Play is the cornerstone of Floortime. It is through play that parents and children can share joy. But play is also essential to healthy emotional development because it is through play that we can experiment with and work through our emotions. Play is therapeutic for...

Video blog: Floortime in the car!

Video blog: Floortime in the car!

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 format for parents and those...