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The DIR®/Floortime™ Certification Process through ICDL (The Interdisciplinary Council of Developmental and Learning Disorders)

Maude Le Roux, OTR/L is an international trainer in the DIR Model and hosts several courses in this model throughout the year. She completed her certification process in 2005 and has provided multiple courses in this model over the past years. Most recently she has introduced these course models to South Africa for the first time. Maude authored a book: “Our Greatest Allies” , in which the DIR® Model is explained in brief and through the life of Matty, as told through his mother, Lauren O’Malley.

Maude says: “DIR® is my love language for children. It gives me no greater joy to restore and enhance the pleasure of relationship and mutual engagement between parent and child. Dr. Greenspan will always hold that special place inside me for giving me a model to work with that is so child centered, so respectful and so embracing of true positive human nature”

 

Overview of the different courses:

 

DIR 101- Overview of the DIR® Model ad Floortime™ Principles

Pre-requisite: none

This is an introductory course that reviews the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the model promoting functional emotional developmental capacities, reflective thinking, and overall mental health for all children and adults, including those with special needs. Maude hosts these courses in her office in PA, but also could be requested to complete this course in your state or country. Here is a link to our courses.

 

DIR 201 – Promoting Basic Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities

Pre-requisite: DIR 101 or an ICDL approved introductory course

This is a practicum course that helps participants develop competencies to promote the first four functional emotional developmental capacities: regulation, engagement, purposeful reciprocal communication, sense of self and problem solving, based on the child's inner will and motivation. Participants will learn how to apply the principles of Floortime by tailoring their interactions to the individual differences of children or adults with special needs. This course could be held face to face with also a mixture of online classes through Blackboard Collegiate. Here is a link to our courses.

 

DIR 202 – Promoting Higher Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of DIR 201

This is a practicum course that helps participants develop competencies to promote all functional emotional developmental capacities, with an emphasis on the higher capacities: sense of self and problem solving, emotional and logical thinking, multiple cause, triangular, gray area, emotionally differentiated thinking, and reflective thinking based on a growing sense of self and an internal standard. Participants will learn how to apply the principles of Floortime by tailoring their interactions to the individual differences of children or adults with special needs. This course could be held face to face with also a mixture of online classes through Blackboard Collegiate. Here is a link to our courses.

 

DIR 203 – Coaching caregivers, teachers or care providers

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of DIR 202

This is a practicum course that helps participants develop competencies to coach another adult (e.g. caregiver, teacher) on how to interact with a child or adults with special needs, following the Floortime principles, promoting basic functional emotional developmental capacities. At this advanced level course, participants will be integrating what they learned in the two previous courses, by showing video examples of themselves coaching others. This course could be held face to face with also a mixture of online classes through Blackboard Collegiate. Here is a link to our courses.

 

DIR 204 A – Becoming a Training Leader and Expert Floortime Provider

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of DIR 203 and/or DIR 204B

This is an intensive leadership course that helps participants develop competencies as Training Leaders in their communities and refine their application of the DIR® model and Floortime™ principles at the expert level. This 14 week course requires at least 4 hours of practicum work every week, by participating as co-leaders of other courses (DIR 201-DIR 203) for 2 hours every week, help course participants prepare their presentations (approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour/week), work on their written assessment, supervised by the 204A Training Leader (approximately 30 minutes/week) and participate during the oral feedback sessions for participants (approximately 30 minutes/week). In addition, participants will meet with the DIR 204A course Training Leader every other week for 2 hours, where they will review readings related to adult education and reflective leadership, as well as demonstrate competencies of using video clips and powerpoint presentations as training tools. Total time commitment for this course is approximately 5 to 6 hours per week. This course could be held face to face with also a mixture of online classes through Blackboard Collegiate. Here is a link to our courses.

 

DIR 204 B – Becoming an Expert Floortime Provider

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of DIR 203

This is a practicum course that helps participants refine their application of the DIR® model and Floortime™ principles at the expert level. The course focuses on reviewing and refining coaching competencies developed in the previous course (DIR 203), embracing the DIR model and Floortime principles as a strengths-based model that promotes self-determination. The course also helps participants review and reflect on their role as Expert DIRFloortime™ providers, exploring how they can disseminate the model in their communities. This course could be held face to face with also a mixture of online classes through Blackboard Collegiate. Here is a link to our courses.