Treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are generally grouped in broad categories of ‘behavioral’ or ‘developmental.’ Unlike behavioral approaches (such as ABA: Applied Behavioral Analysis) which narrowly focus on specific behaviors, DIRFloortime is an interdisciplinary, individualized, whole-child, developmental approach that is broad in both its approach and its impact.
The DIR® Model is tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental challenges. The objectives of the DIR® Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors." Six basic developmental capacities lay a foundation for all learning and development. Children without special needs often master these skills relatively easily. Children with challenges often don’t, not necessarily because they can’t, but because their biological challenges make the mastery more difficult. More information on these capacities can be read here.
By understanding these developmental capacities and the factors that influence them and by working on them, we often can help improve skills through appropriate emotional experiences. This in turn helps to develop critical cognitive, social, emotional, language, and motor skills, as well as a sense of self.
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The research that supports DIR and the DIRFloortime approach is strong
and continues to mount.
Research related to the Greenspan floortime model supports its effectiveness in improving the core challenges of autism including relating, interacting, and communicating while decreasing caregiver stress and improving parent-child relationships.
To view research supporting the effectiveness of the DIRFloortime approach in improving the core challenges of autism including relating, interacting, and communicating click here.
We are pleased to offer DIRFloortime in Hauppauge and Islandia NY Speech Language Pathology in Motion is an ICDL Verified provider.