This 2 day introductory course is approved by the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). It is aimed at families and professionals. It is the first step towards professionals becoming accredited ICDL DIR®/Floortime™ practitioners. It is delivered by ICDL Training Leader Denise Wilson, Occupational Therapist and Play Therapist.
DIR®/Floortime™ is a comprehensive, family-centred Model of intervention for children and adults with disorders in relating and communicating, including autism. It was born of the work of Dr Stanley Greenspan MD and Dr Serena Weider PhD. It is continually being researched and updated by those associated with the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). A recent study has shown that coaching parents to carry out Floortime with their children, reduces the child's autism symptoms whilst also reducing parental stress and depression.
DIR® stands for Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based:
Developmental – The course gives an overview of Greenspan’s Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities 1-6. These are the capacities a child must master for healthy emotional and intellectual growth. The stages are,
- The ability to be regulated and interested in their surroundings.
- The ability to engage with others and deepen attachment bonds.
- The ability to initiate and respond in two-way purposeful communication.
- The capacity for complex communication and shared problem solving.
- The ability to create emotional ideas.
- The ability to build bridges between ideas, and so, become a logical thinker.
Individual Differences - Each child has their own unique profile which needs to be taken into account and, possibly, treated. Individual differences within the child, or within their environment, will either help, or hinder, the child in acheiving their potential. Improving our knowledge of each child's Individual Differences, helps us to understand the child's unique experience within their bodies and their perception of their world. These differences may be in the following areas,
- Motor and perceptual motor function
- Sensory modulation
- Sensory processing
- Auditory processing
- Environment and family factors
- Biomedical factors
- Developmental history
Relationship-Based - The emotionally charged interactions between the child and their caregivers are at the core of the Model. Brain chemistry changes when the child is excited, motivated and positive. This improves neurological processing, helping the child to think and learn more effectively. The child develops an understanding of themselves and the world through long chains of back and forth interactions with their caregivers.
Floortime - Through video examples and discussion, course participants will see how Floortime play supports the D, I and R, so that the child can evolve towards independent thinking and sustaining warm, loving relationships.
A light lunch and refreshments are included onn both days. The course runs from 9.30am-16.30pm both days. Registration on the first day is from 9am.
For more information visit www.connectingthroughplay.org and www.icdl.com
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