Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIR/Floortime: From Research to Practice

We were recently invited to attend the Floortime Coalition of California's Fourth Annual DIR/Floortime® Conference: From Research to Practice, in Lafayette, California, and thought our community members might be interested in what the conference speakers had to say. (We are sharing rather than endorsing DIR-specific information.)

For those unfamiliar with The DIR® Model, or Developmental, Individual-Differences, Relationship-based Model: it is "an interdisciplinary framework for assessment and intervention developed by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. It is used to guide parents and professionals in designing a program tailored to each child’s unique strengths and challenges and support developmental progress."

We live-tweeted most of the conference speakers' talks, and collated those tweets into Storify posts for easier reading. We've pulled out a quote from each speaker to give a sense of their presentation. There is so much potentially useful information in these talks about rethinking parents' roles, parent/child & therapist/client relationships, professional approaches, respecting autistic ways of being -- we very much recommend clicking through and reading all five posts. 

"DIR general features: Always a sense of warmth, security, trust, a safe place for kids to explore & engage."
"Parents can be terrified, told they won’t connect with their #autistic child. Floortime can bust that myth." 
"If baby cannot handle talk AND touch AND gaze all at once, parents need to try to be sensitive to that."
"In the parent-child dynamic, you need to find strengths & follow through. There are always strengths."
"Autistic adults often express relief at being diagnosed with #autism, esp. after years of being misunderstood."