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Video blog: Slowing down and stretching out interactions

Video blog: Slowing down and stretching out interactions

This week’s VIDEO presents highlights from the full BLOG post, Slowing down and stretching out interactions. 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 new to the DIR model. To...

The Building Blocks of Motor Planning

The Building Blocks of Motor Planning

This week’s blog post is a complement to last year's post entitled, Motor planning and sequencing challenges in children with developmental delays. There you can find the Key Take-Aways PDF from that blog as well. Last year's post was a brief overview of motor...

Video blog: Example of a Floortime session

Video blog: Example of a Floortime session

Above you will find a link to the full BLOG post from last year entitled, Example of a Floortime session that includes a VIDEO CLIP of a Floortime session. When you are learning about DIR/Floortime, it is a process that takes time and practice. Please read the...

What does following the child’s lead really mean?

What does following the child’s lead really mean?

In DIR/Floortime we 'follow the child's lead'. This statement has been one of the most misunderstood aspects of the practice. It does not mean that we just follow whatever the child is doing. We talked about this a little bit awhile back, but today we will explore...

Video blog: The nuts and bolts of the Floortime session

Video blog: The nuts and bolts of the Floortime session

This week’s VIDEO presents highlights from the full BLOG post, The nuts and bolts of the Floortime session. 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 new to the DIR model. To...

Advocacy for Developmental Approach Therapies

Advocacy for Developmental Approach Therapies

There is a new advocacy organization to promote developmental approach therapies for autism in Ontario, Canada! The Autism Developmental Approach Therapies Association, or Autism DATA is a group of parents and professional practitioners in Canada who use a...

Video blog: Floortime as a Family Approach

Video blog: Floortime as a Family Approach

This week’s VIDEO presents highlights from the full BLOG post, Floortime as a Family Approach. 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 new to the DIR model. To view the VIDEO...

Video blog: Introduction to Floortime

Video blog: Introduction to Floortime

This week’s VIDEO presents highlights from the full BLOG post, Introduction to Floortime. 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 new to the Developmental, Individual...

Video blog: It’s all about Affect

Video blog: It’s all about Affect

Welcome to the first video blog at Affect Autism!  Welcome to the start of the video blog series to review the key concepts of DIR/Floortime. The purpose of the video blog series is to make the material presented in the blog over the first year more digestible for...

What is attunement in a developmental approach?

What is attunement in a developmental approach?

What is Attunement? Attunement, or emotional connectedness, is an essential component of any relationship, and as such, is probably the most essential part of Floortime. Attunement is being 'in tune' with your child's emotional state, being 'in it' with him or her,...

New at Affect Autism: Free Downloads and Video Blogs

New at Affect Autism: Free Downloads and Video Blogs

The Developmental Capacities for Learning Blog at Affect Autism is meant to empower caregivers and practitioners with theory, tips, and tools on how to implement a developmental program called DIR/Floortime for children of all ages with developmental challenges....

Moving Up and Down the Developmental Ladder

Moving Up and Down the Developmental Ladder

We ended our last blog post talking about how even a child or adult who is higher on the developmental ladder can still retreat lower, just as we do as adults when flustered in heavy traffic, for instance. This week we will delve into this topic a little deeper...

Parents Living with Grief About Their Special Needs Child

Parents Living with Grief About Their Special Needs Child

Last time we talked about barriers parents face when choosing a DIR/Floortime approach for their child with developmental differences. One barrier we didn't discuss was grief. Especially early on, parents can be completely overwhelmed by the grief that accompanies a...

Barriers to Parents doing DIR/Floortime

Barriers to Parents doing DIR/Floortime

Parents can find it challenging to implement DIR/Floortime with their child. Today we will look at why this is the case by exploring the barriers that exist for parents. A huge thank you goes out to local Occupational Therapist, Ellen Yack, for the conversation that...

Floortime in the car!

Floortime in the car!

In honour of the May long weekends in North America, what better topic to discuss than travel? During our travels to see model train layouts with our son, I had the opportunity to practice some Floortime in the car! Dr. Stanley Greenspan spoke about doing Floortime...

Using Self-Reflection as a Tool in Floortime

Using Self-Reflection as a Tool in Floortime

The last few blogs have covered how we can stay attuned to our children by accepting and respecting their emotional experiences. Another very important practice that often gets overlooked when we talk about working with children is self reflecting on our...

A Developmental Approach to Setting Limits

A Developmental Approach to Setting Limits

Our last two blog entries have focused on respecting our children's emotional experiences—especially when our children are in catastrophic meltdowns or tantrums. This is very difficult to do when our children are experiencing such intense negative emotions, but is so...

Slowing down and stretching out interactions

Slowing down and stretching out interactions

If there's one thing I notice when I see or work with parents and their children, it's that parents often rush interactions. Not only are we in a hurry with our children to get somewhere, but even when we have time to just sit and play, we are still rushing. This...

A User’s Guide to the DIR® Model

A User’s Guide to the DIR® Model

    This week we are thrilled to bring you an interview with Dr. Andrea Davis, the founder and director of Greenhouse Therapy Center in Pasadena, California. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and Expert DIR/Floortime provider.  Dr. Davis is also an...

Example of a Floortime session

Example of a Floortime session

For the last several weeks you have read about the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model and Floortime. This week let's dive into a video example of doing some Floortime.Today's photo and video example display a beautiful little girl....

The nuts and bolts of the Floortime session

The nuts and bolts of the Floortime session

In the last two blogs we talked about starting to implement a DIR/Floortime for your child by first determining their individual sensory profile, and then by determining their developmental level using a basic checklist. This week we will talk about the nuts and bolts...