DIR 101: (First level of application of Dr. Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime model)

Level of course: Beginner (Requirement before entering DIR201)

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, parents, psychologists, medical practitioners, mental health clinicians, social workers, play therapists, residential treatment staff, registered nurses, child welfare professionals, adoption and foster care agency staff and administrators, educators, advocates, and researchers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common features of autism and other challenges of relating and communicating
  • Identify the key features of relationship-based approaches
  • Explore 6 Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDCs) in the DIR® model and potential challenges that children face at each capacity
  • Understand the "I" in DIR - individual differences and how health, sensory processing, and regulatory challenges can impact a child's development
  • Discuss key principles and basic strategies of Floortime ™
  • Understand the role of relationship and family in the DIR® model
  • Understand the essential role of affect as it is related to the D, the I, and the R

Assessed: Discussion of multiple video case studies and Questionnaire