DIRFloortime is an approach which is developmental in nature, honours individual differences and is relationship based. DIRFloortime sessions are play based sessions in which the Floortime Provider engages the client by using a set of techniques to deepen relationships, strengthen communication and interaction, expand thinking and learning, and support regulation of emotional responses.
DIRFloortime was created by Dr. Stanley Greenspan. He was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School. As a foremost authority on clinical work with infants and young children Dr. Greenspan was a recipient of many national and international awards, including American Psychiatric Association's highest award for child psychiatry research.
DIRFloortime is mostly known, but not limited, for its work with individuals on the autism spectrum. This approach can also help individuals presenting with difficulties interacting, making friends, language development, selective mutism, planning, problem solving, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down Syndrome and more.
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"It is so amazing to watch my son engage with Nancy during a DIR Floortime session. As she joins with him in whatever has his interest, he is drawn into animated and joyful interaction. How wonderful to see his restlessness and agitation transformed, before my eyes, into laughter and play. Nancy is so sensitive in her observations and responses, and this leads to true "give-and-take" communication. I look forward to every session."