DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime®
Marshall Pediatric Therapy is excited to announce a fantastic opportunity for all therapists who work with children to be trained in DIR® and DIRFloortime®. This training will introduce and examine the Developmental, Individual difference, Relationship-based (DIR®) model, which is an established and recognized framework to understand a child’s development that was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan. DIR explains a child’s developmental stages, individual differences, and the role emotion and relationships have in a child’s development. The training will present an introduction to the DIRFloortime® (AKA Floortime) approach, with the developmentally appropriate interactions, interventions, and practices geared to each child’s developmental profile. The DIR model is applicable for all children and the DIRFloortime® approach is particularly used as an intervention of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
- Identify common features of Autism and other challenges of relating and communicating
- Identify the key features of relationship-based approaches
- Describe the 6 Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDCs) in the DIR model and potential challenges that children face at each capacity
- Understand and describe the “I” in DIR- individual differences and how health, sensory processing, and regulatory challenges can impact a child’s development
- Describe key principles and basic strategies of Floortime
- Understand and articulate the role of relationship and family in the DIR model
- Understand and articulate the essential role of affect as it is related to the D, the I, and the R
Meet the Trainer
ToniAnn Gambella Loftus, MS. CCC-SLP/TSSLD has been working with kids with special needs in some capacity using a variety of interventions and methodologies for the past 15 years. A North Carolina native, she graduated from Meredith College before pursuing her masters in Speech Language Pathology from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. ToniAnn holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certification. Additionally, she is Sensory Oral Sequential (SOS) trained, PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets trained, and has a special interest in feeding and hearing. ToniAnn has been working in the DIR®/Floortime™ model since 2011. She is lives in New York, New York where she works at school that utilizes the DIR methodology all day every day. She is expertly trained in DIR/Floortime and teaches course work through the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning.
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